Doughnut and barbecue aficionados, rejoice.
Cathead's Diner (515 Shall Ave.) is officially open for business and with it comes a menu stacked with Southern favorites. Culinary wizards Kelli Marks and Donnie Ferneau have been working to open Cathead's since the announcement last November.
We've seen a flood of mouthwatering Cathead's photos on Instagram since the grand opening on June 13. Think cheese grits, fluffy biscuits, fried chicken, purple hull peas, mom's baked beans, candied pork belly and more. With options for both meat lovers and dessert lovers, Cathead's really does have the best of both worlds.
"We’re ready to cook what Little Rock wants," Kelli Marks says. "Little Rock has great barbecue places, but we feel like there’s a need for good, quick-serve Southern food. Good Food was something I was personally interested in, but we feel like Cathead’s is something everyone in Little Rock will enjoy."
The restaurant is located in the Paint Factory building in the up-and-coming East Village neighborhood near Lost Forty and Rebel Kettle, with more new businesses going in. The Paint Factory, a mixed-use development overseen by Cromwell Architects Engineers, will be home to Cromwell’s new headquarters as well as retail space and 12 Star Flats loft apartments.
"We feel like this will be a convenient lunch spot for downtown diners without having to fight for a parking spot," Marks says. "We also think that this will give a lunch spot to the hidden businesses in east Little Rock who don’t have a place to grab a good bite for lunch."
The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. Go check out the new kid on the block and get yourself one of Kelli's delicious doughnuts. You deserve it.
Hours: Tues.-Fri. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Address: 515 Shall Ave.