Mission BBQ’s 100th location, 2401 W. Wabash Ave. in Springfield, opened Jan. 25 following a dedication ceremony at noon to honor local police and firefighters. The Maryland-based restaurant was founded on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and incorporates a patriotic theme into all of its locations. The restaurants pause at noon each day as guests and staff alike are asked to stand for the national anthem.
In August 2019, SBJ reported that the former Town and Country Bank building on the site was being demolished to make way for a new 5,900-square-foot structure that would house two restaurants, Mission BBQ and MOD Pizza. While Rob Walter, a broker with Quattro Development, said he initially hoped to have both restaurants open by spring 2020, the impact of COVID on the restaurant industry delayed those plans. Last August, Walter told SBJ that an agreement had been reached with the tenants for the building to sit vacant for the remainder of 2020, MOD Pizza, a fast-casual pizza chain based out of Seattle, is now expected to open in May. Both restaurants are opening locations in Peoria as well.
Mission BBQ is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. The Springfield location offers dine-in, takeout and catering.