Stubby’s BBQ opens lo­ca­tion in­side Magic Springs

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Magic Springs Theme & Wa­ter Park an­nounced Mon­day that Stubby’s BBQ will ex­pand with a sec­ond restau­rant lo­ca­tion in­side the park, with doors open­ing for busi­ness on Satur­day.

“Stubby’s is a clas­sic around Hot Springs and will make a de­li­cious ad­di­tion to the park’s eater­ies,” Jack Bate­man, the park’s gen­eral man­ager, said in a news re­lease. “We could not be more ex­cited to wel­come them to Magic Springs fam­ily!”

Stubby’s BBQ joins Trejo’s Mex­i­can Restau­rant, of­fer­ing two din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of au­then­tic bar­be­cue and Mex­i­can cuisines to park vis­i­tors.

Stubby’s will take the place of Smoke On the Wa­ter, the bar­be­cue restau­rant for­merly lo­cated in­side the park. The build­ing has been rethemed to fit the Stubby’s brand.

“It’s lo­cated in what we call the lower half of the park,” Michael Wam­pler, Magic Springs’ di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing, said Mon­day. “If you’re fa­mil­iar with the lay­out of the park, as you’re com­ing down the hill past the carousel, it’s just past the SkyShark.”

Na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for “Cookin’ Que Since ’52,” Stubby’s strives to keep the hand­crafted, fam­ily owned val­ues a pri­or­ity. They take pride in avoid­ing short­cuts to main­tain the same stan­dard vis­i­tors have en­joyed for decades, the re­lease said.

“We’re al­ways look­ing for ways to im­prove the park ex­pe­ri­ence for our guests, and Stubby’s, hav­ing been in Hot Springs since 1952, is a very, very fa­mous bar­be­cue restau­rant here in the city. They of­fer a great menu and we felt like part­ner­ing with Stubby’s would en­hance our prod­uct of­fer­ing to our guests.”

As for why they chose to part­ner with lo­cally owned Stubby’s as op­posed to a restau­rant chain, Wam­pler said, “Giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity has al­ways been im­por­tant to us.”

“Magic Springs and Stubby’s are a per­fect pair,” Stubby’s pro­pri­etor and “Pit Mas­ter” Chris Dunkel said. “We are proud to part­ner with Magic Springs and give guests a taste of our tra­di­tion.”

The in-park lo­ca­tion will be open with the park’s sched­ule through­out the en­tire sea­son.

The park is cel­e­brat­ing its

40th an­niver­sary this year and the open­ing of its first new thrill ride in 10 years, Brain Drain, a

13-story tower drop ride. The park opened for its first day of the sea­son on April 7, and Wam­pler said it was a “very suc­cess­ful open­ing week­end.”

“We felt like, given the very ex­treme weather — it snowed here that morn­ing — we did have a very suc­cess­ful open­ing week­end and we’re look­ing to big­ger things for 2018. We feel like the ad­di­tion of the new ride, the Brain Drain, has def­i­nitely been well re­ceived and the pub­lic has re­sponded fa­vor­ably to its ad­di­tion,” he added.

The 2018 Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries will kick off on May 26 with Ver­ti­cal Hori­zon and Sis­ter Hazel.

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