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May: A Closer Look


Scott Cleeton, owner of CiCi’s City Broiler, recently opened another restaurant, Broil, which he defines as a tapas-style steakhouse. The menu is influenced by the flavors and style of CiCi’s but is more affordable, and guests are encouraged to order and share several smaller plates among the table. “I’m from California, and my parents entertained a lot on the weekends,” Cleeton says. “We would barbecue, and guests were encouraged to come over with a bottle of wine to share, and that’s what influenced Broil. It’s about a shared experience.” Some favorites on the menu are the rack of lamb, filet mignon and a lobster truffle, which is similar to bisque and is made fresh with each order. Cleeton describes the atmosphere at Broil as a bit younger and louder than CiCi’s, perfect for people in their 20s wanting a fun night out with friends. The average price of menu items is $8.95. Broil is located at 4603 John Garry Drive, Suite 3.

Owner: Scott Cleeton, 573-442-6373


America’s Mattress of Mid-Missouri

Missouri Furniture Inc. just opened an America’s Mattress of Mid-Missouri store in Columbia. Missouri Furniture was established in 1977 in Camdenton and has six Missouri Furniture locations and two America’s Mattress locations: one in Columbia and another in Jefferson City. Another America’s Mattress will open in Osage Beach in early May. “We think that that our mattress store is slightly different,” says owner and franchiser Dave Faiferlick. “We are not a national chain but are part of a franchise, so we have the buying strength of a 400-store operation, but it is still locally owned. We can bring customers the best of both worlds.” America’s Mattress offers a variety of mattresses including innerspring, foam, individually wrapped coils and iComfort as well as numerous well-known brands such as Dr. Greene Sleep System and Serta Perfect Sleeper. America’s Mattress of Mid-Missouri is located at 2609 E. Broadway, Suite 105.

Owner: David Faiferlick, 573-874-2337


Ichiban Sushi (formerly Be My Guest Asian Bistro)

A new ethnic eatery has opened in Columbia. Ichiban Sushi specializes in Asian fusion dishes and has a diverse menu that combines classic Asian favorites with new and noteworthy entrees. Some classic Asian dishes include chicken teriyaki, orange chicken and pad Thai. For diners wanting to try something new, the restaurant offers a dish called Yaki Soba: stir-fried noodles with chicken, calamari and vegetables in homemade Yaki Soba sauce and garnished with pickled ginger and seaweed. Ichiban also offers a variety of sushi, including a bagel roll, which consists of cream cheese, smoked salmon and green onions. “We serve good quality food that is made from fresh ingredients and herbs,” says owner Poppy Watthanakhonphaiboon. “We make sure that our foods have a good quality and quantity for a reasonable price.” The bistro has happy hour specials, with half-off appetizers Monday through Wednesday and discounts on beer and sake Thursday through Saturday. Ichiban Sushi is located at 1200 E. Walnut St., Suite 107.

Owner: Poppy Watthanakhonphaiboon, 573-442-3100


Kindermusik with Gretchen

Kindermusik International is a program focused on research-based music and movement classes, targeted toward children and their parents. Gretchen Shults, a Columbia resident, participated in Kindermusik classes with her own kids for years. She recently received her certification as a Kindermusik instructor, and in February she opened a Kindermusik studio in Columbia. “Kindermusik with Gretchen provides Columbia with a great parent/child musical experience for infants through 7-year-olds,” Shults says. “I am so excited to be able to continue this wonderful program in Columbia and share the great experiences I have had with my own children in Kindermusik with families in mid-Missouri.” During Kindermusik with Gretchen classes, Shults leads the class through music and movement activities with proven developmental benefits that include boosting early literacy and language abilities, social-emotional skills, cognitive development, opportunities to practice motor development and music skills. The Kindermusik with Gretchen studio is located at 1600 W. Broadway.

Instructor: Gretchen Shults, 573-447-0213


Wingin Out

A new late-night takeout and delivery restaurant has opened in downtown Columbia. Wingin Out offers a variety of hot wings, both boneless and boned, as well as 16 sauce choices. Some of its tamer sauces include Medium Buffalo, Honey Barbecue, Sweet Thai Chili and Parm Peppercorn. For customers who want to turn up the heat, Wingin Out’s hotter sauces include Insane Buffalo and Spicy Barbecue. The restaurant also offers exotic sauces such as Spicy Curry and Caribbean Jerk. “We offer fresh chicken; it’s never frozen, it’s good quality, and we have a lot of variety,” says manager Blaine Ellis. Wingin Out is open from Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and is located at 916 E. Broadway. Wingin Out is also available for delivery.

Manager: Blaine Ellis, 573-449-9464


Healthstat Inc.

A Healthstat Inc. facility recently opened in Columbia and serves as a health clinic and wellness center. Healthstat provides businesses with reduced health care costs and improves employees’ well-being with onsite, near-site and shared clinic solutions. There are 300 clinics opened across 32 states that provide onsite primary care, health-risk intervention, disease management and occupational medication. Other Healthstat clinic locations in Missouri include Independence and Kansas City.

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