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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Seventh Street shake-up

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Big doings along the Seventh Street corridor downtown: Norman Jones, the owner of Backstreet and Discovery, is taking over Easy St. Piano Bar, 307 W. Seventh St., pending approval of beer and wine permits by the ABC.

Jones plans to spend November and December remodeling and open in mid-January.

Initially, he plans to call the bar simply That Piano Bar, though he says he'll encourage customers to drop name ideas into a box, from which he'll eventually choose a permanent name.

The general atmosphere of the place will remain largely unchanged, Jones says. Regular Easy Street performer Buddy Habig will stay on as entertainment director. Jones says Habig will "upgrade the talent" and that he's already booked the club through January and possibly as far as April.

As Easy Street occasionally did, Jones plans to host live acts, for a cover charge, in the bar's adjacent cabaret room.

AND Jones is also opening a martini bar around the corner at 610 Center in the space where Lam Garden Chinese Restaurant used to be.

Jones describes the bar, which will be called 610 Center, as an upscale lounge, which he says are in short supply in Little Rock. The bar, again pending ABC approval, will serve beer, liquor and wine. It, too, is scheduled open around mid-January.

Both bars will be open Mon.-Sat., from 4-11 during the week and 4-midnight on the weekend. 610 Center will offer happy hour daily, from 4-7, with finger foods.

Michael Henderson, who owned Easy Street, was unavailable for comment, but I've heard word that he's talking about opening a new bar in the 7th Street space previously  home to Starving Artist Cafe.

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