Monday, January 18, 2016

Donnie Ferneau to head restaurant at 1836 Club

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click to enlarge DONNIE FERNEAU: To be executive chef at new private club.
  • DONNIE FERNEAU: To be executive chef at new private club.
The leaders of the 1836 Club, the new private club that Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and others hope to open in the former Packet House on Cantrell Road, have announced that veteran chef Donnie Ferneau will head the restaurant operation.

Ferneau has been involved in a number of restaurants over the years, most recently Good Food Ferneau on Main Street in North Little Rock, which will close. 

The club is styled as a place for business professionals. It will have a $250 monthly membership fee and offer a restaurant, bar, humidor room and lounge. It will be rented for special events.

In a release, Ferneau said he was sad to leave Good Food, but "the opportunity to be the executive chef for The 1836 Club was an offer I simply couldn't refuse."

Ferneau moves into a space recently renovated for a restaurant that failed to make a go of it. The house, which dates to 1869, has 12,000 square feet of space.

As luck has it, Russ Racop sent over an updated FOI file on the private club application that included some pages missing from the first state response to his request for papers. This batch includes a proposed menu.


Find the menu at pages 22 and 23 of the file.
The proposed menu looks high-end. Sample:

* Appetizers: Ahi tuna poke nachos, escargot with truffled Maytag cream and puff pastry, crabcakes, beef carpaccio. Dishes prices $9 to $15.

* Main dishes: Ahi tuna, seared duck breast with jalapeno corncakes, braised shortribs, seared scallops. Prices $20 to $39.

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