Mary Flora’s takes over Augie’s Front Burner site

For decades it was Augie’s Front Burner.

Now, a new namesake restaurant is about to fill the vacant space at 109 S. Fifth St. in downtown Springfield.

Flora Alonzo-Gomez is at the origin of the new Mary Flora’s planned for the address.

“Now we’re just cleaning everything up,” Alonzo-Gomez said of the restaurant named after a combination of his and his daughter’s first names, “getting ready for the health inspection.”

Alonzo-Gomez said the new facility will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with an emphasis on traditional American fare.

No scheduled opening date has been set.

This will be Alonzo-Gomez’s first restaurant, although she has worked in the local food scene before, including more recently at Wing Stop.

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August Mrozowski – whose namesake restaurant was a staple of the downtown Springfield food scene for two decades – confirmed the address had been leased. The newly signed lease comes a year after Mrozowski and his wife, Sharon, announced their intention to retire.

The new restaurant is just the latest sign of new life being breathed into the downtown food scene which suffered several major losses in 2020.

The Feed Store reopened in May under new management at its longtime home at 516 E. Adams St. and a building permit has been filed with the city for a proposed Starbucks in the Wyndham City Center, 700 E. Adams. St.

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