Opening night at Porter's Jazz Cafe didn't happen | Rock Candy

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Opening night at Porter's Jazz Cafe didn't happen

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Fifty well-dressed people gathered in front of 315 Main Street this evening, waiting in the 105 degree heat for the long-awaited grand opening of Porter's Jazz Cafe in downtown Little Rock. No one seemed surprised when the announcement came a little before 6 p.m. that the club was not in fact ready to open.

The tarp-covered construction materials on the sidewalk, the men wandering around in hardhats, and the unfinished entryway — it was missing the door — should have clued them in. People were allowed inside for a look-see, after the Chamber of Commerce did their bit with giant scissors. (Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola was on hand for the event.)

Inside, the club looked and smelled like, well, a construction site. The main floor had a couple of crushed velvet-covered benches and a table or two strewn about for effect, but the three booths were unfinished, the bar unstocked and the floors in need of some serious attention. The basement, where the stage is, was taped off to visitors.

A Porter's spokewoman claimed that it will all be ready for a Saturday night opening, but I for one am not going to stand in the heat again to find out.

Tags:


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Related Locations

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Jaman Matthews

  • Arkansas Literary Festival 2011

    Pop favorites, niche heroes and non-fiction standouts lead the way at this year's Arkansas Literary Festival.
    • Apr 6, 2011
  • Tales from the South: True Grits

    Restaurant puts 'Tales from the South' on the airwaves.
    • Apr 6, 2011
  • Taco truck glossary

    A guide for negotiating the world of taco trucks.
    • Jul 15, 2010
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Coming Monday: Little Rock Black Restaurant Week

    MoTown Monday is Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. Tasty Tuesday is Sims BBQ and Brewster's Soul Food Cafe. Wing Wednesday is Chicken King and Chicken Wangs. Soul Food Thursday is Lindsey's BBQ and Hospitality House and Food Truck Festival Friday is @station801. It's the first Black Restaurant Week.
    • Mar 8, 2017
  • New music from Isaac Alexander

    New music from Isaac Alexander.
    • Jul 14, 2017
  • No Small Talk Ep. 8: Katy Henriksen, Springs Arts preview

    A packed episode this week of "No Small Talk": a chat with Katy Henriksen, from Of Note on KUAF; Stephanie Smittle breaks down the Spring Arts issue; and we finish up with just a tiny bit of Oscar chatter.
    • Mar 9, 2018

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation