Uncle T’s Deli Market joins Blue Sail Coffee and Mosaique Bistro as the businesses inside Donaghey Hall that have closed their doors for the final time in two months.
In a Dec. 5 article, the Log Cabin Democrat reported Mosaique would be the first to close.
“While we have an amazing crew and a beautiful vision, we are unable to continue to keep our doors open,” the restaurant posted to its Facebook page Nov. 29.
Mosaique closed its doors for the final time Dec. 9.
The LCD also reported on Jan. 16 that Blue Sail Coffee’s Donaghey Hall location was closing its doors for the final time Jan. 19.
Owner Kyle Tabor told the LCD that the store hadn’t turned a profit in the year and a half in the location.
Tabor said a few different factors went in to the decision to close the location, including seasonality and confusion of whether the space was for retail or just students.
The Blue Sail Coffee locations on Front Street and Little Rock remain open, however.
A third shop in Donaghey Hall, Uncle T’s Deli Market, closed its doors for the final time Jan. 31.
Not unlike Mosaique and Blue Sail, who cited low sales as the reason for closing, Uncle T’s has left a letter on its doors saying: “Although we wish to continue, business at this location can no longer sustain our operation.”
The sign goes on to say it appreciates the support and has enjoyed time in Conway.
The deli’s Little Rock location will also remain open, where it has remained for 50 years.
University of Central Arkansas President Houston Davis said the businesses leaving presents an opportunity to reposition the uses for university-related functions that better serve students and reflects UCA’s mission.
“We are in discussions regarding how student-focused food services, student recruitment and enrollment services, and university innovation and outreach components can make better use of open space,” he said in an email sent to faculty, staff and students. “In particular, we are looking at what recent surveys of students have shown to be the greatest demand for new food offerings on campus.”
He continued to say the top three floors, which are used for residential housing, are performing as planned, and the overall project is performing against revenue targets.
While the top three floors are thriving, Davis said the university will continue to look for ways the open spaces can be used.
“It is also helpful that finishes made to the open first-floor space should be able to be re-used with minor modifications for university-related uses,” he said. “This will aid in pivoting back toward university functions.”
In the closing of the email, Davis said more details will be revealed in the coming weeks regarding plans for the spaces.