Springfield is in a restaurant Renaissance, and a former church is the latest installment to the city’s thriving food scene. PublicHouse, which was formerly Springfield’s First Christian Church, still maintains the character of the original building, with parallels going on inside.
“This has always been a public house and it’s lent itself to the name,” says PublicHouse co-owner Patric Campbell. “We get a lot of patrons now who are sending us photos of their parents’ wedding. This building has a lot of history.”
The church was built in the 1930s and served as a gathering place for worshipers for almost 80 years. Where the pastor used to give parishioners communion wine is now a beer hall, where Campbell and co-owner Colby Phillips have 38 taps featuring local, regional, national and international beers.