Owners Dreamed Of Campground, Bar & Grill
Tom and Ann Galbreath purchased property near Joplin, Mo., in February of last year. They cleared the land to create River’s Bend Campground and Bar & Grill, the Joplin Globe reported.
“We did 90% of all the work,” Tom said proudly. “We hardly had any hired help. We did it with our own hands. We’ve always worked 12 hours a day, seven days a week, all of our lives. We don’t know any other way.”
When the Galbreaths made their purchase, the real estate agent asked Tom Galbreath what they planned to do with the land.
“I looked at him and said, ‘A bar and grill.’ I looked over toward Ann and she was grinning from ear to ear.’”
With both retired, they were hoping to purchase and operate both a campground and a restaurant/bar establishment simultaneously. In their minds, the two expected them to be separated by many miles, perhaps in completely different cities. It was fortunate, then, they’d stumbled across a location large enough to house both of their dreams.
It was even better, Tom said, that it was located in southwest Missouri, the place they had fallen in love with over the years, with the proposed building for their bar and grill nestled next to the rolling waters of Shoal Creek.
“It makes us unique, having this (bar and grill) right next to the campgrounds,” he said.
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