This week, the Log Cabin Lookout can report a couple of large downtown Conway projects are still on track, according to our sources.
Fat Daddy’s Bar-B-Que set to inhabit the Rogers Building across from the fountain in downtown is still a "go," but opening day may indeed be pushed back to at least late summer.
The Russellville favorite announced it would be opening in Conway late last year, but renovations on the Rogers building has been slow going. The exterior work apparently is complete or just near, and interior work is next on the plate.
Slow cooking may apply to more than just the mouth-watering barbecue.
The John Daly’s Steakhouse and lofts project on Front Street was halted after it was determined in December the Dryer building and adjacent structure would have to be demolished. The Historic Commission approved the demo the same month.
The developer initially planned to renovate the two downtown buildings — formerly a shoe store and a church — for the restaurant and lofts for an estimated $1 million. Opening day was initially set in April.
However, safety concerns about the integrity of the structures led the developer to change the plan to raze the current buildings and build new, which is expected to cost $2 million to $2.5 million, the Log Cabin Democrat reported.
Demolition may begin as early as April, but with Toad Suck Daze around the corner, that plan has not been cemented, either.
Regardless, the John Daly’s Steakhouse and The Lofts at 912 will likely at least be looking into fall/winter to tee off.
Several downtown businesses, the Lookout is told, are utilizing the newly inked partnership with Main Street Arkansas, getting advice on facades and even drawings for possible renovations and revitalizations. Read more about how that partnership is inspiring business owners new and old in an upcoming edition of the Log Cabin Democrat. The Lookout also learned this week that Imperial Elite All Stars, a competitive cheer organization, has acquired a new gym and will be moving from 701 Garland St. to its new location at 700 Exchange Ave. in Conway’s Industrial Park.
An invitation on the business’ Facebook page invites patrons to an open house at the new gym, located behind Suddenlink, March 26 from 11-2 p.m.
If you have business news, tips or rumors, send them to the Log Cabin Lookout, care of Kelly.Sublett@thecabin.net.