The News-Leader’s Answer Man: How long has “The Cafe” been closed?

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The former restaurant closed in 2009, says John Schulte, president of Plaza Realty, which manages the property.

It opened when the hotel did in 2000.

About once a month, I drive by the Cafe en route to the nearby trailhead to the Frisco Highline Trail, which goes 35 miles to Bolivar. I start many of my long runs there. 

Schulte’s best theory as to why the Cafe closed is that in 2009 there wasn’t much else near the location, on the city’s northwest frontier.

“My speculation is there wasn’t enough development drivers at the time,” Schulte says.

Now, he says, Expedia and the T-Mobile Call Center are nearby.

Schulte is trying to find a tenant.

“It’s available for lease as a restaurant or similar type of establishment,” he says.

Unfortunately, he tells me Tuesday, the wind recently blew away the “for lease” sign.

Although it’s been closed 10 years, the building is used several times a year as a meeting space, says Shelley Copeland, the hotel’s general manager.

Rental of the building is not limited to hotel guests.

If there’s food provided, Copeland says, it’s prepared by staff at the hotel – not at the restaurant.

Keep those questions coming. Send them to The Answer Man at 417-836-1253, spokin@gannett.com, on Twitter @stevepokinNL or by mail to 651 Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65806.

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