Chris Bray, a 28-year-old marketing management graduate of the University of Arkansas, has made his first foray into the restaurant world with Bray Gourmet, and he's banking that customers will gobble up his turkey spreads at the new sandwich shop at at 325 Center St.
Bray said in a quick interview that he developed his recipes while working another job — at Hugg and Hall equipment dealers. He's come up with four varieties of turkey spreads (original, jalapeno, Cajun and dill, which he'll also sell by the half pint and larger), along with a menu of other sandwiches (homemade pimiento cheese, Petit Jean peppered beef and ham, and pesto chicken), soups and salads. His cookies and brownies are homemade and he's offering cinnamon rolls and muffins in the morning. Like the beef and ham, Bray's bread is also an Arkansas product: He's buying from Arkansas Fresh Breads, the supplier of buns to Big Orange and YaYa's, and is serving on an olive oil sourdough exclusive to his deli. Sandwich prices range from $5.29 to $6.79. Look for a new menu soon, too, Bray said.
Bray also caters from the restaurant (where Downtown Deli once operated), which seats 80 and is hung with artwork by Tyler Arnold of Fayetteville, "who does a lot of Hog stuff," Bray said. (He means no offense to other colleges, he said.)
Hours are 7:30 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.