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  1. Raising Cane is also rumored to open a Little Rock location at the former Sears site location on University.
  2. ecity3138

    West Little Rock

    Cajun Wharf is a great restaurant, don’t get me wrong on that, but if I’m going pay $21.00 for a Catfish platter, for example, then I expect it to be worth it. Pappadeaux may be expensive but at least you get your money worth. Pappadeaux may come in the future just not right now since they are a small family company and not a large public company like Cheesecake Factory which is declining in food quality recently.
  3. ecity3138

    West Little Rock

    Well a lot of people thought Dave and Buster’s and Apple store would never open here but it did and has proven to be successful. I DID NOT say that we don’t have great local options here because we have some excellent local dining options (Sim’s Barbecue, Shogun Dan’s, Whole Hog Cafe, David Burgers are among my favorite local options) that even people from Dallas come here to. I’m saying that chains like Joe’s Crab Shack and similar chains will eventually come to Little Rock and will perform just as good as their locations in Branson and Memphis.
  4. I would agree with you that Topgolf would be great at the former CalArk site considering the size of the land. As SangreRa Ven stated, this would truly make the area a top entertainment destination for the State of Arkansas that the developers originally intended for. Lets hope it would become a reality.
  5. ecity3138

    West Little Rock

    Actually, restaurants like Joe’s Crab Shack would be successful at a site such as Gateway Town Center. There is still strong demands for Joe’s to locate in LR however the chain’s former parent company, Ignite Restaurants, filed bankruptcy and close majority of Joe’s locations throughout the country and sold the remaining locations to the original owner, Landry’s Inc, who also owns Saltgrass Steakhouse in Little Rock and North Little Rock. It would not surprise me to see Landry’s open a Joe’s next door to its sister property, Saltgrass, in the near future. The Memphis location is always packed the time I go there which is the reason that location survive the bankruptcy of Ignite Restaurant. Pappadeaux would be very successful here in the Little Rock market and would give Cajun’s Wharf a run for its money since basically it’s the same concept in terms of menu items and prices ($21.99 for a Catfish platter at Cajun’s is almost on par with the Catfish platter on Pappadeaux’s menu). There was even talk from many past and current developers about Pappas Restaurants, parent company of Pappadeaux, opening a location here however the company did not have any plans for an Arkansas location at this time . This has nothing to do with the fact they think whether it would be successful or not in the Little Rock market because they don’t even have locations in major markets such as Los Angeles, Orlando, or New York City. Pappadeaux is a family owned company, rather than a large public company such as Cheesecake Factory, that focus on opening most of their new locations in Texas and barely open locations outside the Texas Border. It took them three years for them to open a Birmingham, AL unit which was the last location they open outside of Texas.
  6. Looks like construction is coming along for Harley Davidson store behind Dave and Buster’s. With that being said, are there any plans to fill the unoccupied land next to Movie Tavern and Dave and Buster’s? The developers has been relatively quiet on the Gateway Town Center project lately which is a concern. I’m still hoping for something like TopGolf and Joe’s Crab Shack to open in the area for additional dining and entertainment offerings.
  7. ecity3138

    The Promenade At Chenal

    Most retailers and restaurants that would be new to the market don’t see an increase in dense population and demographics within the next few years for that area. There was several recent attempts from mall management about luring new to the market stores or restaurants, however, some of those companies’ real estate division stated the lack of population and demographics within certain miles of the shopping center was the main reason for them not to locate at the Promenade. It would be nice if Red Development would have chosen the Shackleford Crossing site rather than the Chenal site for their Arkansas development. We would have seen stores , restaurants , and other business not current in the market locating there. I love the Chenal area and think it’s a beautiful subdivision, however, it wasn’t feasible to put a shopping center in the area from a business standpoint. I’m sure many retailers and restaurants would agree.
  8. ecity3138

    West Little Rock

    Cajun’s Wharf is almost on par with Pappadeaux in terms of menu items and prices and Pappadeaux would perform well in the Little Rock area if located in the right location. To be honest, Pappadeaux is much better than Cajun’s in terms of food quality and more variety of menu items with the exception of Cajun’s bar area and their signature cocktail drink is better. Pappadeaux open most of their locations around Texas and rarely outside the Lone State border (Birmingham was the latest non-Texas location for a Pappadeaux). Even larger markets such as Orlando, New York City, Los Angeles don’t have a Pappadeaux location at this time. I would even wish Joe’s Crab Shack,that has been rumored to come to the market for years, would locate at the Gateway Town Center as originally planned. I disagree that all chain restaurants in the Little Rock area are not doing well considering chain restaurants such as Red Lobster, Chuy’s, BJ Brewhouse, Chilis, and Longhorn Steakhouse has performed exceptionally well in the market. There are some local places who are performing poorly in the area and it’s not just because of competition either. Many chain and local restaurants (most of the restaurant closures mentioned on the Arkansas Online Restaurant transition are local places) had closed down due to the rise of food cost, poor management, rise in rent prices, or poor location planning. It would be nice if a local restauranter would open something unique to the market beside bars, breweries, or burgers such as more kid friendly eating places like a theme restaurant in Downtown Little Rock that center around the State of Arkansas (ex: a replica of the Old Mill in North Little Rock in a natural park setting would be fun and unique in my opinion). There have been many requests from Little Rock citizens of a kid friendly theme restaurants and it is time for those demands to be met. Purple Cow and All Aboard Restaurant on Cantrell Rd are the closest kid friendly theme restaurants in the area. I wish more of these restaurants (Magic Time Machine https://www.magictimemachine.com/ with locations in Texas would be great) would popped around the city rather than same old boring concepts.
  9. ecity3138

    West Little Rock

    There are too many burgers restaurants that serve basically the same food on the menu with the exception of some serve steak burger or organic burgers. Honestly, I can cook a burger at home that’s just as good as these chain or local establishments. Also, the Little Rock market is lacking any true seafood restaurants (besides Cajun’s Wharf, Arthur’s Seafood, and Red Lobster) and is in need for more restaurants in that type of cuisine. Flying Fish, Soul Fish Cafe, and Eat My Catfish are not true seafood restaurants in my opinion. The market need restaurants like Pappadeaux, Kona Grill (https://www.konagrill.com/), Salata (https://www.salata.com/), or Razzoo’s Cajun Cafe (https://www.razzoos.com/) to open in the area. I disagree about the restaurants competing in a market of almost 200,000 in population because I’ve been to similar cities such as Des Moines, IA and Knoxville, AR whose population is similar to Little Rock but have far greater restaurant options than Little Rock does. I’m not saying that Little Rock doesn’t have some good restaurants (we got some good local restaurants if they don’t close down that even people from Dallas come to dine at) but there needs to be more restaurants unique to the area instead of the same boring restaurants like Chili’s, Applebee’s, some more Chinese restaurants, and another burger restaurants. In addition to the restaurant market, there needs to be more business, besides Chuck E Cheese, caters more to families rather than just bars and breweries popping around town for adults. It was very sad to see Playtime Pizza close down because that’s basically the only concept (not counting Dave and Buster’s because that’s aimed for older children and adults) in the area of its kind that really caters to family. I wish a similar concept such as American Incredible Pizza Company or Main Event would open in the area for family of all ages to enjoy rather than just small children or adults.
  10. ecity3138

    The Promenade At Chenal

    The problem with this shopping center is the location being in a less dense populated area of town especially during weekday. It may be packed on weekends but daytime traffic during the week is lacking. I’ve spoken with the mall management about luring some stores such as H&M (which eventually open at Park Plaza and the Outlet Mall) and even they said that stores like H&M would be better fit for Park Plaza and the Outlet Mall because of the dense population as well as high visibility. They also said some stores and restaurants (including a few stores and restaurants that would been new to Arkansas) stated the lack of dense population was the main reason not to locate at the Promenade. That’s why Nike is closing their Promenade location at the end of their lease in favor of the Outlet Mall because the Outlet Mall location is more feasible to remain open considering the store is in a high visibility location from a major highway. Apple Store, along with a few good restaurants, is the Promenade’s main draw to attract people to the center. Otherwise, this mall will be dead in a few years.
  11. ecity3138

    The Promenade At Chenal

    Wow, things are not looking good for the Promenade At Chenal future. With Nike and Kenneth Edward’s Jewelry closing along with some vacant spaces next to DSW, the shopping center will become extinct in 5 years despite the planned Aloft hotel. I know people being ignoring my comments, but part of the problem with the shopping center attracting and maintaining tenants is the lack of visibility from a major highway (I-430 or I-30) in less dense part of town. Not too many people who are out of town is going to drive that far to do some shopping when they can go to other shopping areas (Outlet Mall, Park Plaza, or McCain Mall) in a more populated area of town. It does not surprise me to see Nike closing down at the end of their lease with their Promenade location considering the Outlet Mall location is more efficient in terms of profit and easy access from the highway in a large development (Gateway Town Center) with high visibility from the freeway. I really wish Red Development would have chosen the Shackleford Crossing site for their development rather than the Chenal site. We would even had stores/restaurants that everybody been wishing for a long time because most retailers and restaurants love to be in a dense part of town with easy access to major highway. Also, Ruth Chris Steakhouse would be better in Midtown Little Rock rather than the Promenade (even though the Promenade location will fit better with other upscale restaurants in the area) since the Promenade is not in a dense populated part of town like Midtown Little Rock is.
  12. There’s no update on this as of now. I wouldn’t be surprised if they changed their minds considering all the recent restaurant closures around the city.
  13. ecity3138

    The Promenade At Chenal

    The lack of dense population and visibility to a major freeway is a major blow to the shopping center attracting and maintaining retailers. The center is in a less dense part of town with no daytime traffic on weekdays. The center would been much better if it had located at the Shackleford Crossing site where it is highly visible and more dense part of town.
  14. ecity3138

    West Little Rock

    Wow, that’s a lots of restaurants closing in the Little Rock area. I guess people are dining out less and either getting somethibg quick to eat or cooking their own food at home. I’ve never seen that much restaurant closures in awhile. I still thinking Little Rock restaurant market is slowly in a recession this year.
  15. ecity3138

    West Little Rock

    The market is saturated with restaurants that basically serve the same food item on the menu. As I mentioned in a previous post, we can’t have dozens of burger joints (ex: Burger 21, David’s Burger, Big Orange, Freddy’s Frozen Custard Steakburger, Five Guys, and Wayback Burgers) in the city that claimed they served the freshest ingredients on the menu such as organic burgers or steak burgers as well as Mexican or Chinese restaurants around the city. There’s too many of those type of cuisines that confused consumers on where to dine at. The city lacks a true seafood restaurants (not counting Cajun’s Wharf, Red Lobster, or Arthur’s Ocean Seafood restaurant to which I adore), Italian restaurants (other than Olive Garden, Bravo, La Madeline or Bruno’s downtown), family theme type dining, and other cuisine not found in the city. There are plenty of cuisines that the city would love to see such as more Thai, Indian, and Caribbean style cuisine (would be great if Bahama Breeze would come here). I guaurantee you there still room for more restaurants that don’t serve the same type food as existing restaurants. We don’t need another Chinese restaurants, Mexican restaurants, burger joints, bar style restaurants, or fish and chicken joints such as Shark’s Fish and Chicken or Eat My Catfish though I do love the latter. We need something different to introduce to the Little Rock market. We also need kid theme restaurants (many people has been requesting this for awhile) such as Purple Cow or All Aboard restaurants where family of ages can enjoy not just breweries or same old traditional restaurants. A unique family theme restaurant (I can come up with plenty of theme type dining from scratch that kids and families would enjoy while still providing excellent food and service) will help draw in more people because it’s something different from traditional restaurants such as Applebee’s and Chili’s. Thats one reason why Purple Cow is expanding its business north of the river due to its unique atmosphere as well as unique food such as Purple Vanilla Ice Cream or Milkshake. Overall, the market is saturated with restaurants with the same type of cuisines rather than saturated with restaurants in general.