Cat­head’s Marks has left diner

NLR bagel shop back in busi­ness

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Style - ERIC E. HAR­RI­SON

We’re still try­ing to track down de­tails, but we have con­firmed that Kelli Marks has left

Cat­head’s Diner, 515 Shall Ave., in Lit­tle Rock’s East Vil­lage. The restau­rant had been billed as a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Don­nie Ferneau Jr., chef, and Marks, baker. Marks de­clined to com­ment; Ferneau did re­turn mes­sages by dead­line.

New owner Robyn Ed­wards re­opened Morn­ing­Side

Bagels, 10848 Maumelle Blvd., North Lit­tle Rock, on sched­ule Mon­day. Hours are 6 a.m.1 p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day. The shop’s phone num­ber is (501) 753-6960.

Co-owner/chef Margie Rai­mondo has closed South­ern Ta­ble, 323 S. Cross St., Lit­tle Rock. In a state­ment, Rai­mondo said: “I will con­tinue to cook, some­where, some­time.” Mean­while, she will con­tinue to be avail­able for pri­vate-chef and cater­ing events. As of dead­line, the busi­ness phone num­ber, (501) 379-9111, con­tin­ued to re­turn a voice­mail mes­sage that the restau­rant has “closed tem­po­rar­ily,” adding that “We’ll re­open very, very soon.”

Mon­day is now the tar­get to open for­mer Hen­der­son State/NFL line­backer K.D. Wil­liams’ The Cap­i­tal’s Seafood

House, 1706 W. Third St., Lit­tle Rock, in a for­mer ser­vice sta­tion catty-cor­nered from the state Capi­tol. Most of the build-out was com­plete by Tues­day’s dead­line — some con­struc­tion was still wrap­ping up on the east side en­closed pa­tio — and staff train­ing was in progress. Hours will be 10 a.m.-mid­night Mon­day-Satur­day, and will have a full menu smor­gas­bord-buffet brunch, with mi­mosas in­cluded in the price, the first Sun­day of each month. The phone num­ber: (501) 214-1441.

Sun­day brunch started Sun­day at The Pizze­ria, 4910 Ka­vanaugh Blvd., in Lit­tle Rock’s Pu­laski Heights. The phone num­ber is (501) 551-1388; the Facebook page is facebook. com/pizze­ri­as­an­talu­ci­aLR.

Work con­tin­ues on turn­ing the for­mer Helmich’s Auto Ser­vice, 2712 Ka­vanaugh Blvd., in Lit­tle Rock’s Hill-

crest, and the prop­erty be­hind it which owner Daniel Bryant is plan­ning to con­vert into an as-yet un­named ca­sual restau­rant, serv­ing pri­mar­ily burg­ers with a soda foun­tain and full bar. The work in­cludes, not de­mol­ish­ing, but mov­ing the house that oc­cu­pied the lot above the ser­vice sta­tion, which over last week­end oc­cu­pied much of the park­ing area. Bryant also owns, along Ka­vanaugh, Dis­trict Fare and the Hill­crest Foun­tain, as well as Big Whiskey’s on the edge of the River Mar­ket Dis­trict down­town and Sauce(d) in west Lit­tle Rock.

Con­struc­tion is nearly com­plete and staff train­ing will be­gin shortly, but pro­pri­etor Tony Poe says he’s de­cided it’s bet­ter to do things right rather than hastily as re­gards the open­ing of his At­las Bar and Small Plates, 1224 Main St., Lit­tle Rock. “So we de­cided to take our time through the hol­i­days, rather than open­ing too soon” and has set a tar­get for some­time in Jan­uary. What he de­scribes as “the best new old bar in Lit­tle Rock” takes its name from the restau­rant-bar ex­pe­ri­ences he’s en­coun­tered in his world­wide trav­els, and will fea­ture a smallplates, tapas-style menu fo­cus­ing on in­ter­na­tional street food. The bar will fea­ture beer, wine and “high qual­ity spir­its from around the world,” Poe says. Hours will ten­ta­tively be 3-11 p.m. or mid­night. The phone num­ber is (501) 712-4713; the web­site, at­las­; and the Facebook page, At­las-Bar-843061702557660.

Her­bert Bruce Slaugh­ter, owner of H.B.’s Bar-B-Q, 6010 Lan­caster

Road, Lit­tle

Rock, and son of the name­sake founder, died Nov. 27 af­ter a six-year bat­tle with cancer. He was

60. He was the son of Her­bert

Brooks “H.B.” Slaugh­ter, who with his brother, Casey, and wife Iris were the orig­i­nal own­ers of The Shack. H.B. Slaugh­ter and his wife Mad­lyn de­cided to branch out on their own and opened the tiny H.B.’s, tucked away in a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood on what at the time was still a dirt road off 65th Street in southwest Lit­tle Rock, in 1961. Bruce Slaugh­ter started work­ing there when he was 9. He mar­ried Judith Clin­ton in 1990 af­ter a 12-year courtship. She plans to keep the restau­rant run­ning, post­ing last week on Facebook ( HBsBarBQ), “We are [main­tain­ing] busi­ness as usual be­cause that is the way Bruce would want it.” The restau­rant phone num­ber is (501) 565-1930.

And speak­ing of bar­be­cue, slightly weath­ered no­tices from the Pu­laski County Sher­iff’s Of­fice have been taped to the front door and the walk-up win­dow of the store­front at 402 E. Third St., Lit­tle Rock, where Tim Chap­pell has been pledg­ing to put Hick­ory Joe’s, in­form­ing Chap­pell, d.b.a. Chap­pell Con­cepts Inc., “and/ or any oc­cu­pants … to “be off this prop­erty within 5 days of the date and time” — 08:30 Nov. 20 — “or you will be re­moved” by the sher­iff’s of­fice. How­ever, a peek through the still-par­tially pa­pered-over win­dows on Mon­day showed var­i­ous pieces of equip­ment and a cou­ple of ta­bles still in­side.

Chap­pell says he’s been try­ing to work out a deal with his banker, and in the mean­while com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the at­tor­ney for the build­ing owner, “hop­ing to get it squared away where I don’t have to lose that space,” which has been idle for nearly four years and into which he says he has poured sev­eral thou­sand dol­lars to redo the elec­tri­cal sys­tem and set up that walk-up win­dow. He be­lieves the build­ing owner has a ten­ant in mind if he has to let it go, he says, “but I hope it won’t turn out to be a colos­sal waste of time and money.”

Hick­ory Joe’s was sup­posed to be a se­condary bar­be­cue joint to Chap­pell’s planned re­vival of The Shack within his Gu­sano’s Chicago-Style Pizze­ria, 313 Pres­i­dent Clin­ton Ave., Lit­tle Rock, and you will re­call that Chap­pell set­tled a rent dis­pute with his Gu­sano’s landlord, Three Thir­teen Clin­ton LLC, in Oc­to­ber.

Mean­while, The Shack re­dux has turned out, at least for the mo­ment, to be one page on the back of the Gu­sano’s menu, fea­tur­ing one pulled-pork bar­be­cue sand­wich, avail­able either as a sin­gle, a pair or part of a combo with two side items, out of a list of three. Plus a re­design of the decor, cov­er­ing the back wall with vinyl discs to bet­ter fit the live blues venue he has been plan­ning to in­stall there.

“We’ve kept it sim­ple,” Chap­pell ex­plains, “for right now, start­ing with what peo­ple re­mem­ber … [and] un­der­stand­ing the de­mand” be­fore mov­ing on to fare like ribs and brisket. He’s re­sponded to cus­tomer com­ments that there’s not enough sauce on the sand­wich with plans to send out ad­di­tional sauce on the side. The Gu­sano’s/Shack phone num­ber: (501) 374-1441.

One of our ea­gle-eyed col­leagues re­ports the fi­nal de­mo­li­tion of the for­mer Ozark Coun­try Restau­rant, 202 Keight­ley Drive, de­stroyed in a May 1 fire, and a sign on the prop­erty say­ing “For Sale: Com­mer­cial Lot, Reed Gib­bons, 501-580-7009, RPM.”

Lloyd Wor­thy was the Peo­ple’s Choice win­ner in the “Say It Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Po­tato Pie Bak­ing Con­test, The com­pe­ti­tion, hon­or­ing Arkansas’ “sweet po­tato pie king,” Robert “Say” McIntosh, Dec. 2 at the Mo­saic Templars Cul­tural Cen­ter. First place in the “Am­a­teur” clas­si­fi­ca­tion went to Jacinda Gre­gory; Dana Yar­bough-Fluker took sec­ond and Pen­son McClen­don Jr. took third. In the “Pro­fes­sional” clas­si­fi­ca­tion, the win­ner was Honey Pies Bak­ery (Sharon Wood­son), with Mama’s Home­made Pie Shop (Lisa Buck­ner)

sec­ond and David Fam­ily Kitchen (Pear­letha David) third. Has a restau­rant opened — or closed — near you in the last week or so? Does your fa­vorite eatery have a new menu? Is there a new chef in charge? Drop us a line. Call (501) 399-3667 or (501) 378-3513, or send a note to Restau­rants, Week­end Sec­tion, Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Lit­tle Rock, Ark. 72203. Send email to:

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/ERIC E. HAR­RI­SON

The house be­hind the for­mer ser­vice sta­tion at Ka­vanaugh Boule­vard and Beech­wood Street is be­ing moved rather than de­mol­ished as part of a plan to con­vert the prop­erty into a burger restau­rant with green space.


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