Springfield restaurant relocating to old Anton’s building

Historic Springfield restaurant Casper’s will be closing its downtown doors and relocating.

After 37 years in the “hut” on Walnut Street, Casper’s announced on its Facebook page that it is moving to the old Anton’s Coffee Shop building on Glenstone Avenue near Grand Street. 

Casper’s will be open in its Walnut Street location next week and then plans to reopen on Glenstone either later this summer or early in the fall.

Owner Shawn Kraft said he felt like he outgrew the location downtown and he had been looking for a place with a drive-thru for a while.

Kraft told the News-Leader that he has mixed emotions leaving the iconic location, but with all the maintenance problems in the hut over the years it was time to move on.