by Max Brantley
A devoted reader writes Eat Arkansas to inquire why a favorite sushi place of his isn't shown the love.
I'm a huge fan of sushi restaurants in Little Rock and one of my favorites is Eastern Flames (followed by Mount Fuji). That being said I'm really concerned with their lack of business. I go there probably twice a month if I can (not swimming in money) and attendance on weeknights, especially like yesterday night, are disturbing to say the least. We were there for an hour yesterday and only one other couple came through the door making a total of 4 patrons between 6:30 and 7:30.
I don't know what Eastern Flames needs to attract the crowds. They have the nicest sushi chef I've ever known, probably the best sushi I've had, a killer hibachi menu (oh so good), very reasonable prices, plenty of alcohol, and plenty of space with nice decor. I don't know if it's the location being on a very busy curve of Cantrell Road with a fairly small parking area that is killing their attendance, or a lack of serious sushi aficionados in the know that is hurting their bottom line. Any way you slice it though, their lack of customers is gonna mean a lack of Eastern Flames Sushi and Hibachi for me in the near future, and that is not acceptable.
I don't know if there is anything you can do to make matters better but your blog and your esteemed person seemed like the appropriate place to voice my concerns. Maybe the people in the heights are just to stuck up to travel to the other side of Mississippi for their sushi fix? (granted I am the offspring of a pair of people who I know to be truly unstuckup and long time Heights residents) Is it the recession?