If there's ever a situation that exemplifies the cliché of good things coming to an end so other good things can begin, it's this one. Springfield's Scotch & Soda permanently closed its doors in March amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but later this month, a new neighborhood bar under the same ownership will open in its place.
Joshua Widner, owner of the now-shuttered Scotch & Soda, is opening up Sweet Boy's Neighborhood Bar in the same historic building. Following the tradition of other Good Spirits & Co. concepts, Rogan Howitt (a Feast columnist) is taking the lead on the beverage menu. Fried Design Co. owner Josh Sullivan, who also designed Scotch & Soda's logo, is lending his branding and design expertise once again.
But for this concept, Sullivan and Howitt are both stepping into more of a partnership role with Widner. “The idea was to make a bar that was a reflection of us," Sullivan said in a press release. "No gimmicks, no frills. Just a great bar. We’ve all grown up together and built bars and restaurant brands all over the region for all sorts of folks. This is our go at doing it for us. We’ve all been together for so long, this was just the natural progression.”
Scotch & Soda's Bentonville location will remain open, and Sweet Boy's Neighborhood Bar is on track to soft-open later this month. Patrons can expect an entirely new ambiance and menu with 10 draft beers, two draft punches, a rotating cocktail menu, house shots, cold canned beer, seltzers and a Frozen Irish Coffee.
Sweet Boy's, 310 South Ave., Springfield, Missouri, instagram.com/sweetboysbar