Restaurant

The Denver-based

Sullivan's Steakhouse chain will open its first Arkansas location in "early 2022" at The Promenade at Chenal, 17707 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock. It's going into the free-standing steakhouse space that has been vacant since the June 2018 closure of Del Frisco's Grille.

The leasing team at Newmark Moses Tucker Partners — Chris Monroe, Greyson Skokos and George Friedmann — says they expect the build-out to take about six months, which would put the target opening into the second quarter of 2022, perhaps April or May.

According to a news release, "the new restaurant will be completely reimagined with Sullivan's classic, timeless design," with 9,100 square feet, including main and private dining areas and "[an] expansive indoor bar [that] will serve as the backdrop for live jazz music." The leasing team says conversion plans include enclosing a patio.

The menu will feature hand-cut and bone-in steaks, chicken and seafood dishes and a range of signature appetizers and signature cocktails, including the "Knock Out Martini inspired by the steakhouse's namesake, boxer John Sullivan," according to the news release.

A little trip down Google lane reveals that, according to the online industry website restaurantbusinessonline.com, the Del Frisco's Restaurant Group Inc. sold what was then its Sullivan's Steakhouse chain to

Romano's Macaroni Grill in a $32 million deal in 2018.

According to the news release, it is now part of Dividend Restaurant Group, which has 13 other Sullivan's outlets across the country — Indianapolis; Anchorage, Alaska; Baton Rouge; Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; the Philadelphia suburb of King of Prussia, Pa.; Leawood, Kan.; Napierville, Ill.; Omaha, Neb; Palm Desert, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; Wilmington, Del.; and Pittsburgh. A restaurant in Baltimore is, according to the website SullivansSteakhouse.com, "temporarily closed."

The new steakhouse now fills a niche that didn't exist a couple of weeks ago — we reported last week that the former

Bone's Chophouse, across the parkway at 27 Rahling Circle, would not be reopening, either under its original name nor as

JB ChopHouse, and that the space is now for lease.

A resurrected Sufficient Grounds opened Monday inside Floral Express, 11601 W. Markham St., Little Rock, just east of Bowman Road. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison) A resurrected Sufficient Grounds opened Monday inside Floral Express, 11601 W. Markham St., Little Rock, just east of Bowman Road. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison)

Source : https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/oct/21/steakhouse-to-fill-niche-on-chenal/?entertainment-events

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