Springfield-area residents will soon have two new dining options with Mission BBQ and MOD Pizza slated to open next year at 2401 W. Wabash Ave., an outlot of White Oaks Mall.
Rob Walter, a broker with Quattro Development, said the former Town and Country Bank building on the site will be demolished to make way for a new 5,900-square-foot structure.
“The plans are out for bid now,” said Walter. “We plan to break ground Oct. 1 and have our work wrapped up by the first quarter of next year, although it would be the second quarter before the tenants are open (for business).”
Mission BBQ, a patriotic-themed restaurant, opened its first store in the Baltimore suburbs on Sept. 11, 2011. There are now more than 80 locations across the country, and industry publication Restaurant Business describes it as “one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains you likely don’t know much about.” There are currently only two locations in Illinois, Downer’s Grove and Gurnee.
It’s a fast-casual restaurant with no microwaves or freezers, but what Mission BBQ is most known for is its motto of “proudly serving those who serve.” Each restaurant comes to a standstill for two minutes every day when the national anthem is played at noon. The company has donated more than $10 million to national and local charities, primarily organizations that support military, police, firefighters and first responders.
Scott and Ally Svenson founded MOD Pizza in their hometown of Seattle, Washington, in 2008. Ten years earlier, the couple sold their first start-up, Seattle Coffee Company, to Starbucks.
A recent Forbes article noted that MOD pizza is one of the fastest-growing pizza chains in the country, with 442 locations and another 100 slated to open this year. There are already more than two dozen locations in Illinois, mostly concentrated in the Chicago suburbs, although there is a MOD Pizza in Edwardsville and one in the works in Carbondale.
This will be Quattro Development’s fourth project in Springfield. The real estate services firm, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, was also responsible for redeveloping The Pasta House Co.’s original location at 2800 Southwest Plaza into a four-unit retail center, along with the Springfield locations for Aspen Dental and Red Robin.
The property slated for redevelopment is currently owned by Simon, the company that also owns and manages White Oaks Mall. Walter said Simon had pursued several other potential leasing arrangements before agreeing to sell the property to Quattro Development.
“They were working on some different deals to lease the building as is, or splitting the building, but they gave up on it,” he said. “We have a good relationship with them; this is the third property we’ve bought from Simon.”
Quattro Development also has experience with both of the new tenants. “We built our first Mission BBQ in Pennsylvania; this will be our second one,” noted Walter. “We also developed a MOD Pizza in the St. Louis area, plus locations in Oregon and Pennsylvania.
Walter expects both Mission BBQ and MOD Pizza to open additional locations throughout central and southern Illinois. “Mission Pizza has plans to do three (locations) out of the gate downstate, and with MOD, they’re also looking at the other markets,” he said.
“This site jump-started things, so Springfield is the furthest along.”