Springfield has a rich history in food culture and in this issue, we'd like to celebrate the restaurants that have been in business 50+ years
Pappy’s Place, built in 1903, is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Springfield. The restaurant began as a grocery store, but in 1926, became a cafe. In 1933, when prohibition ended, the owners purchased Springfield’s first beer-by-the-drink license. The restaurant became known as Pappy’s Place in 1971 and has been a BBQ staple ever since.
Gailey’s opened in 1942 when married couple Joe and Beulah Gailey created a fountain drugstore close to Route 66 in downtown Springfield. Joe ran the pharmacy and Beulah cooked burgers and served chili and shakes. Gailey’s still inhabits the original drugstore and diner.
Taylor’s Drive-In has been serving customers since 1947 with daily ground hamburgers, fries, onion rings and maybe the only soda fountain fountain left in town. Taylor’s used to be the local hang out for students on the weekend. Darlene, who’s been the owner for 40+ years can be found in the corner booth with the cash-only cash register every day.
Mexican Villa began in a BBQ restaurant that Garin and Betty Ferguson boug