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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Q5: A connection to community

  • Dave Spangler, owner of Marfield's Irish pub and restaurant, closed his business for a time, but has decided to reopen. He said traits and character of establishments at places from Texas to California will be weaved into the new Marfield's.
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  • Dave Spangler, owner of Marfield's Irish pub and restaurant, closed his business for a time, but has decided to reopen. He said traits and character of establishments at places from Texas to California will be weaved into the new Marfield's.
    Community, he said, will also play a big role at his restaurant. In this Q5, Marfield tells us more.
    1.Dave, why did you decide to reopen Marfield's, and what has been the reaction for people who have heard the news?
    "I decided to reopen after a well-needed rest. As I was traveling around, I saw many new things and ideas that I thought Leavenworth could benefit from. New foods, new drinks and new techniques.
    "I have seen how cities can become communities again, especially in Northern California. With the decline in traditional income generators, the people there have refocused on things that not only help themselves, (but also) made an impression on the whole population.
    "United we stand, divided we fall. Truly a big influence on what I have in mind."
    2. Does the restaurant still feature Irish specialties?
    "The menu I have chosen still has traditional Irish fare, yes. However, I have added a whole different approach — a daily lunch that will be a blue plate special, so to speak, complete with a blue plate. It will be priced right, with quick service. As I have experienced, hard workers need to get back on the job, so the American spirit can be preserved."
    3. Tell us about the community garden you're offering. How does it work and why did you decide to launch this idea?
    "A community garden has always been part of my plan. I have experienced one in Galveston, Texas. It was truly a great joy to see people of all walks and stages of life get together and talk over a plowed dirt field.
    "And, it did not stop there — young people were asking the elderly about history, about the best way to prepare the things that were sprouting.
    “They talked about problems, both grub worm-related and a broken toilet.
    "It was a beautiful thing to see. Can you imagine a recipe for squash breaking down social barriers?
    “That would be a dream come true for me concerning Leavenworth. And it can, I have seen it."
    4. Have you done any refurbishing or made any additions or changes to Marfield's?
    "Yes. I have made it a non-smoking environment, added TVs and changed the hours of operation, up to and including, if it's a day of the week, we are open. I hired a new staff who are not only the tops in their field, but also a blast to be around.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Ranae Springe is going to handle the front of the house, and new graduate from the college of culinary arts, Ms. Amanda Miles, will make sure the engine room runs smoothly."
    5. What have you missed about owning and operating a restaurant in Leavenworth?"
    "Great question that is difficult to answer. I truly did not miss the huge chasms that exist here.
    “But, I did miss the opportunities given to me that also exist here. In coming back with a renewed sense of attempting to help form a community of the people, for the people and by the people, I am truly happy to be home.
    "The output of all my friends, customers and all of the great folks in Leavenworth — if I could name them all, I am sure it would wreck the column-inch allotment — truly has been a thing of pure love. And, I wish to thank them, one and all."
    — Rimsie McConiga

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