Established in 1884, Maldaner’s Restaurant and Catering is one of Springfield’s finest restaurants. If you have visited The Old State Capitol, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House or the State Capitol, you can imagine the wonderful celebrations Maldaner’s likely was a part of at the turn of the last century and to the present day. Today, under the guidance of Chef-Owner Michael Higgins, Maldaner’s respects tradition while offering the best of contemporary American fine dining in our historical setting. Chef Higgins features seasonal local and regional ingredients influenced by Mediterranean composition and preparation. Heirloom vegetables, humanely raised meats and slow cooked all artistically prepared and presented. Welcome to Maldaner’s in downtown Springfield. We hope you enjoy your visit each time you dine at Maldaner’s.
To this day, Maldaner’s dedicates itself to the hundred years of excellence and never forgets its historic place in the Springfield community. Not only with tradition, but also by continuing to be leaders in food service. 1884 – John C Maldaner and Charles Frank started Maldaner’s at 216 S 6th St. 1888 – George B Pasfield (great-grandfather of Carolyn Oxtoby > future owner of the 6th St Maldaner’s building in 1976) build the corner building next to the future Maldaner’s. 1890 – John Maldaner bought out Charles Frank. 1892 – The restaurant moved to 505 E Monroe. 1898 – Relocated to 222 S 6th St (its present location). 1905 – Walter Tabor started working at Maldaner’s. 1922 – Walter Tabor became partner. 1924 – John Maldaner passed (age 71). 1924 – Charles Maldaner (son of John) and Walter ran the business. 1934 – Charles Maldaner died. Walter Tabor became sole owner. 1971 – Walter Tabor passed 1971 – Betty Woods (Walter Tabor’s daughter) ran the business. 1972 – David P Anderson became president. 1974 – Afred R Escobar and his wif Judy became owners. 1976 – Carolyn Oxtoby bought Maldaner’s historic building and renovated it from top to bottom. 1978 – Carolyn Oxtoby became the owner; Larry and Shirley Pisani became restaurant managers. 1982 – Michael and Nancy Higgins became the chefs. 1986 – Michael and Nancy Higgins became managing – chefs. 1995 – Michael and Nancy Higgins became chef – owners.