The Blind Pig, a 1920's speakeasy-themed bar and restaurant
, opened last Friday at 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., off Hwy. 10. Terasa Reisman,
who owns The Blind Pig with her husband Shawn (as well as NYPD Pizza next door), said that they created the restaurant as a "Cheers-type" bar, food and music venue
Decor looks to be playing the part, with lots of brick and wooden wire spools re-purposed as tables, and Reisman said the bartenders, waiters and waitresses will be dressed up in '20s style as well. They have karaoke on Thursdays, and free live music Friday and Saturday nights, with emphasis on acoustic players. Alcohol being crucial to that recreating that gin-joint atmosphere, they've also got a full bar, with drink specials plus beer and hard cider on tap.
The Blind Pig menu, which can be seen on their website,
looks very promising, with a lot of gangster-named appetizers, bar food, sandwiches, and salads. Reisman recommends the "Goodfellows" marinaded pork loin with orange marmalade sauce ($16), the "To Die For" cheese dip, featuring andouille sausage ($8 large, and $5 small), and "The Don," a steak sandwich with provolone, mushrooms and special sauce ($10).
Reisman also notes that The Blind Pig is also the only place in the state where Arkies can try the famous Zweigle's "pop open" hot dogs
, which are served in delis and hot dog carts all over New York state. Shawn Reisman, a native of Rochester, N.Y., has both the Zweigle's red dog (beef) and the white dog (pork) shipped in, and they serve them with a special meat sauce (which is apparently a thing up there) on request.
The Blind Pig is open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday They're closed on Mondays. For more information, call 868-8194, or visit their Facebook page.
Far West Little Rock can be kind of a bar and grill wasteland, so the news of another watering hole and restaurant opening out there in the wilds of Chenal is always welcome.