BRANSON, Mo. — Well known national restaurant and entertainment chains have been setting up shop in Branson lately — particularly at The Landing.
The most recent addition, “The Landshark Bar and Grill.” A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning.
So, what is it that’s drawing these restaurants to the area?
When it comes to the “Music City,” it’s perfect harmony. Those who make the decisions about where to plant these businesses, say it’s all about what they’re looking for — and how it all fit’s in with the Branson brand.
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, Andy B’s Entertainment — and now, The Landshark Bar and Grill. Over the past six months, these chains have joined the list of places to go when you visit The Branson Landing.
David Crabtree is President/CEO of IMCMV Holdings Inc. — the parent of Landshark Bar and Grill.
“We want to go to tourists destinations — and really find an iconic location within that tourists destination,” said Crabtree.
Making Branson, a perfect match.
“When we were looking at strategy of where we would like to ..Branson being a tourists destination was very high on the list,” Crabtree said, “Branson Landing is one of the iconic locations in town — and it just happened that the space right next to this fire and water show was available. Right on the lake.”
“We love places by water,” said Landshark General Manager, Robert Hertlein, “So this Landshark is fitting in perfect down here at the water.”
Hertlein is a Connecticut transplant.
“I’m moving the whole family down here. We’re going to be living in Branson. We’re buying a house,” Hertlein said.
Of course, relocating to Branson has it’s perks.
“Silver Dollar City with the kids. That’s something that we’re looking forward to. All the stuff on 76. All the places to eat,” Hertlein said.
Branson dining is irresitable. Even when you run your own restaurant.
“We’re looking forward to all the restaurants. Not just our own. You know..yeah. Not just our own. No shortage of food anywhere,” said Hertlein.
“We have about a billion dollars worth of projects in the pipeline,” said Grant Sloan, Vice President of Membership Engagement for the Branson Area Lakes Chamber of Commerce and CVB, “You know, if it’s not celebrity linked restaurants, it’s outdoor attractions, or thrillrides. So, just a lot of neat things coming.”
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is set to open sometime this spring.