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About Social

Springfield, MO’s avant garde restaurant bringing you the comfort of real food served in the historic space of Rogers and Baldwin Hardware on Downtown’s Patton Alley.



Social is the foundation of our restaurant: here for each other, our guests, our community - a unique blend of social responsibility, personal improvement and community spirit.

We are Springfield’s avant garde restaurant bringing you the comfort of real food served in the historic space of Rogers and Baldwin Hardware on Downtown’s Patton Alley.

Chef Josiah Craig’s seasoned and talented team have created an innovative approach to crafting a seasonal menu of cravable food and drink that is value priced.

Newly established in 2018, Social wants to be YOUR choice in dining out. R & D Night (Research & Development) provides an informal get together in the Cellar every Monday evening for our guests to preview future fair as it is being shared and served by our chefs and beverage pioneers.

Tuesday thru Saturday dinner is served in the Cellar Bar, in what is best described as extending our Chef’s Table to the entire restaurant. Available for parties up to 10, the Chef’s table gives our guests the opportunity for Josiah to create a personalized off-menu dining experience of food and drink selected to perfectly pair and complement each other. These evenings have a way of eventually finding a place on the menu.

Here at Social, we are proud to announce our partnership with Harmony House! With a driven focus on community engagement and philanthropy, we are transforming our downtown space to a gallery featuring local artists, and we will be directing profits from the gallery to Harmony House. Inspired by the artists, we’ll be featuring a new cocktail for each gallery. Alongside that, we will have an ever-changing, family-style menu specially crafted with the Springfield community in mind.

You will discover our entire staff serving you, perhaps with the chef who created or prepared a dish placing it in front of you and hoping it will be a pleasurable experience. Our “family dinner” takes place on the Monday prior to introducing the seasonal change of our menu.  Prepared and served to our team by Josiah and by Vincent, our drink explorer and developer, it provides each one of us a personal experience to share with you in telling our story.

Come join us at Social and enjoy!

Eat Social. Drink Social. Be Social.


team members

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Vincent Nolden, Front of House Manager

Vincent is a hospitality specialist. With experience ranging from bartending, to cafeteria management, to marketing and content creation, he brings an open and sharp perspective to the Front of House Manager here at Social. His passion for good food and good drink are paralleled by his desire to share those things with our customers. Definitely say hello when you see him and be ready to have something amazing prepared for you!


Josiah Craig, Head Chef

A veteran of the restaurant industry in Springfield for over a decade, Josiah has a deep love for all things food in the Springfield community. He has a true love and passion for simple flavors executed on a high level and hopes to engage clients in reimagining family favorites. When you see him around, make sure to ask about his ever-changing family style dishes!


Daniel Stern, Previous Executive Chef
After graduating from the San Diego Culinary Institute, Daniel returned to his Springfield home to focus his culinary enthusiasm, chef skills and cooking activities on creative interpretations of American Cuisine. Always eager to talk about things "Foodie" related, he looks forward to his continued efforts to grow and elevate Springfield’s food culture. While he’s definitely still part of the family here at Social, you’ll more likely find him in the Team Taco food truck around town!


Doug Riddle, Previous Beverage Manager
Former professional brewer, baker, and educator, Doug now creates cocktails, talks about spirits/beer/wine/anything and everything, and specializes in “R&D” (which means going places and eating and drinking as much as possible). Doug is still a member of the Social family, but now you’ll find him next to Chef Daniel with the Team Taco crew!