who with business partner Leila King
has been working since the first of December to get her cafe @ the corner open at the corner of Scott and Markham streets, says she can't wait to offer "something new to downtown."
Now, if the health inspector comes this week, you won't have to wait past Monday, Merrick said, when @ the corner opens in the space formerly occupied by the Hop Diner. It will be a soft opening next week, with just two items a day to try out before the full menu is served a week from Monday.
One of those dishes Merrick, a native of Canada, is bringing to downtown is poutine, french fries and cheese curds covered in brown gravy. @ the corner will be open for breakfast and lunch, and besides poutine the menu will include hamburgers, sandwiches (the cafe's Facebook
page features a picture of a ham sandwich with blue cheese, strawberries and a Girl Scout Cooking encrusted bread), Butcher & Public-supplied bologna and hot dogs, homemade soup and specialty salads. The cafe will open at 7 a.m. for breakfast, and you can eat in or order a breakfast sandwich to go. You can also order a lunch sandwich and soup to go while you're at breakfast. Jordan Williams
, a former chef at the Pine Bluff Country Club, will be @ the corner's chef.
Merrick and King have overhauled the look of the Hop, decorating in a black, red and gray color theme, with retro booths overhung with paper ribbon shades, retro chairs, a curving counter and a gleaming white subway tile wall. @ the corner will seat 70, and prices will average $6 to $7 for breakfast and $10 to $12 for lunch (drink and side included). Way down the road, Merrick hopes to get a beer and wine license. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, call 501-944-4753.