Cathead's Diner's 'love letter to the South' on its way | Rock Candy

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Cathead's Diner's 'love letter to the South' on its way

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 2:35 PM

click to enlarge screen_shot_2018-05-09_at_2.29.33_pm.png
Cathead's Diner, a "love letter to the South" from chef Donnie Ferneau and baker Kelli Marks, is close to being opened, Marks said today. City inspection is tomorrow; she says if all goes well, those big cathead biscuits will be ready to be served in a couple of weeks.

The diner will open at 515 Shall St., in the Paint Factory building renovated by the Cromwell architectural firm for its "East Village" office. East Village is the name given the area east of Interstate 30 that has seen new business in recent years, starting with Lost Forty Brewing's craft beer brewery and restaurant at 501 Byrd St. Now, Shall and East Sixth Street are pulling in development like a magnet, with The Rail Yard, The Bike Shop, the 12 Star Flats in the Paint Factory and a new eSTEM charter school campus.

Marks said the menu won't be finalized until Ferneau is able to "get in the kitchen and fire everything up." Whatever the two concoct, it will be Southern-style comfort food. Cathead's will serve breakfast and lunch weekdays and brunch on weekends. Weekend dinners likely will be specialty affairs, Marks said. Saturday brunch will be traditional, with a menu; Sunday's will be served all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style, Marks said, with servers coming to tables to "dish out extra food."

Cathead's will serve alcohol, but Marks said the restaurant is not pushing itself as a booze hangout. It will also have a small patio with a bar that will accommodate up to 30, which should appeal to its bike-riding clientele, she said.

Cathead's will have a week-long soft opening, followed by events for nonprofits The Heart Hospital and CARTI. 

Tags: , , , , ,



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

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

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