Far­rell’s Lounge pre­pares for ex­pan­sion

The Dick­son Street sta­ple is ready to shake things up once again

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FEATURE - BY ADDI MCNEEL BY ADDI MCNEEL

Far­rell’s Lounge needs no in­tro­duc­tion. For lo­cals, the up­scale sports bar and gas­tropub is near and dear to their heart. It is a one stop shop, ca­ter­ing to all needs, whether it is great, high-qual­ity food or a place to re­lax while watch­ing the game – any game. Far­rell’s Lounge has it all. Good mu­sic, good beer, and above all, good com­pany. Upon walk­ing in, cus­tomers are greeted like old friends. Here, ev­ery­one is a reg­u­lar – even if it is their first time vis­it­ing. The sports bar restau­rant is rem­i­nis­cent of the 1980s show, Cheers, where “ev­ery­body knows your name, and they’re al­ways glad you came.”

Far­rell’s Lounge is an ex­pe­ri­ence like no other. It is re­fined, styl­ized and highly per­sonal. Peo­ple from all walks of life will be sit­u­ated at one of the many ta­bles or at the bar at any given mo­ment, and on most oc­ca­sions one can spot the owner, Tim Far­rell, Jr., bussing the ta­bles, chat­ting with cus­tomers and mak­ing sure the food is top-notch upon delivery. Far­rell, who opened the lounge in Septem­ber of 2010, had been bar­tend­ing for al­most a decade when he de­cided to start his own ven­ture. He had mulled the idea over in his head for a few years, wait­ing for the right place to be­come avail­able. When a build­ing on Dick­son Street opened, Far­rell leapt at the op­por­tu­nity. He never in­tended on open­ing a bar, but af­ter bar­tend­ing and work­ing in the restau­rant in­dus­try since Ju­nior High, Far­rell felt as if this was where he needed to be.

“I just re­ally liked be­ing be­hind the bar and talk­ing to peo­ple,” Far­rell said. “I feel like our job is easy. Peo­ple are choos­ing to walk in the door and all we have to do is smile and show them a good time. I said to my­self, ‘I guess this is what I need to do.’ So I just started grind­ing away.” Far­rell orig­i­nally brought his cousin, Chef Wil­liam McCormick who grad­u­ated from the New Eng­land Culi­nary In­sti­tute, into the gas­tropub to cre­ate the menu for Far­rell’s Lounge. Chef McCormick came up with cre­ations still used in the menu to­day. Far­rell said one item he came up with is a spin on a clas­sic bleu cheese burger by adding in a fig mar­malade, giv­ing it a sweet and sa­vory taste. Some of the most pop­u­lar food, in fact, are the burg-

ers. This clas­sic pub fare gets a high-end up­grade at Far­rell’s Lounge. Far­rell’s Ul­ti­mate Ba­con Cheese­burger is ex­tremely pop­u­lar. It has high-qual­ity beef ten­der­loin ground in­house with Petit Jean Moun­tain slab ba­con and Til­lam­ook white ched­dar pi­mento cheese, topped with Amer­i­can cheese and even more ba­con. An­other sta­ple menu item is the Hang­over Burger, which has ap­ple­wood smoked slab ba­con, a fried egg, crispy hash brown and Amer­i­can cheese. The burg­ers at Far­rell’s are leg­endary, but they have a wide range of menu items avail­able, in­clud­ing lighter fare, like wraps, sal­ads and the pop­u­lar pan roasted chicken breast. In­side, the at­mos­phere is en­joy­able and re­lax­ing. It is styled like an old English pub with a mod­ern twist. De­tails, like the large fire­place, glass bot­tle chan­de­liers and com­fort­able bar stools make Far­rell’s Lounge feel up­scale and cozy. From any­where in the lounge one can view a high-def­i­ni­tion tele­vi­sion play­ing any game of their choice. Far­rell said to just call and ask about the game they’re want­ing to see and if they don’t have it, they will get it. The old brick build­ing that now houses Far­rell’s Lounge has seen many trans­for­ma­tions. For sev­eral decades, the build­ing was a bak­ery. A large sign hang­ing over the al­ley be­side the build­ing still reads “The Bak­ery” in bold let­ter­ing. Af­ter the bak­ery shut down, it be­came a burger joint, then a retro-themed restau­rant, then a Bangkok cui­sine place, and fi­nally Far­rell’s Lounge. While the his­tory of the build­ing seems ever-chang­ing, Far­rell’s Lounge does not plan on go­ing any­where any time soon. In fact, Far­rell said they are in the process of ex­pand­ing.

The lounge has been ex­panded once be­fore to add a pri­vate room for re­hearsal din­ners, par­ties, meet­ings or other events. Now, they are tak­ing over an ad­di­tional 2,000 square feet of the build­ing in hopes to ex­pand the seat­ing area and the kitchen to ac­com­mo­date more cus­tomers. Far­rell would also like to ex­pand the bath­rooms a bit.

Far­rell’s Lounge has truly be­come a com­mu­nity sta­ple and they plan to keep it that way. Far­rell said the ex­pan­sion opens way for many ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, like new menu items and a whole slew of things that are still in the works. He plans to re­lease Fall se­mes­ter spe­cials soon, so keep an eye on Far­rell’s Lounge as it ex­pands and shakes up Dick­son Street once again in the best way pos­si­ble.

SPECIAL TO NWA DEMO­CRAT GAZETTE

Far­rell’s Lounge has a chef-driven menu and a sports bar feel, mak­ing this gas­tropub one of the only in the area.

SPECIAL TO NWA DEMO­CRAT GAZETTE

The surf and turf (above) is a clas­sic with a pub style twist. En­joy the meal with one of the many draft beers or spirts (be­low).

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