As the odd news of the Swisshelm Group’s bankruptcy continues, there are local sports ties when it comes to one of SGF’s indelible sports brands — Ebbets Field.
The Springfield Business Journal reported today that Ebbets Field on South Glenstone Avenue closed on April 24 after Ebbets Field LLC reported average monthly net losses of $10,610. So why are we reporting on this, besides the fact we love Ebbets Field (especially Da Sandy)? Because of this nugget:
The East Walnut Street Ebbets Field restaurant, which employs 35, remains open under Pub Management LLC, which took over April 13 under the terms of a restaurant management agreement cited in bankruptcy court records. Pub Management is jointly owned by Ron Baird, an attorney with Baird, Lightner, Millsap and Harpool PC, and Lynn and Terry Allen, who is the head football coach at Missouri State University.
Baird and the Allen family also own the building.
Allen was an investor in Rivals, a sports bar and grill, that closed in mid-2010.
Baird said the newly-formed LLC intends to keep the Walnut location open.
“We’re going to keep Ebbets Field on Walnut open and continue to operate that landmark restaurant that has been here for more than 30 years,” Baird said, noting he and the Allens also own the building.