Friday, May 6, 2011

Springfield's Norb Andy's is Open Again-- Part 3: History

In 1937, Norbert Anderson purchased the business and renamed it Norb Andy's Tabarin. (I imagine Andy was short for Anderson) It quickly became a spot where the political crowd and press gathered. Norb and his family ran the place for 42 years during which time the place became a Springfield Institution.

In the 1980s, the Hickox Building underwent renovation while the Scully family owned the business. It was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Later, Bob Rigdon, a long-time Norb Andy employee bought the place and continued the tradition until selling it to a group of local businessmen in the mid-1990s.

From that time on, a succession of owners have run the place and then it was completely closed down for several years until the Hamilton family purchased it December 2010.

They also own Springfield institution Joe Roger's Chili Parlor and have returned the Tabarin to its former casual drinking and dining establishment serving Joe Roger's world famous chili and the original Norb Andy horseshoe.

Sure Glad to Have it Back. --RoadDog

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