RVs on the River
We reported last week on the Arkansas Blog that Clinton Foundation president and PR guru Skip Rutherford’s next big goal is to locate an RV park in downtown Little Rock.
“We have a general area in mind, but we don’t have a site yet,” Rutherford told us. “If I could wave a magic wand, it would be accessible to, and visible from, I-30.” He added that the RV park would be a private development, and he met this week with someone who owns property in the area.
Rutherford is motivated by the large number of recreational vehicles coming to the Clinton Library, anticipating still more with Heifer’s Global Village and a new Game and Fish Nature Center slated for development nearby. He has discussed the idea with the Downtown Partnership and the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau — but not with city officials.
“It is probably going to take a [zoning] reclassification,” said Tony Bozynski, Little Rock’s director of planning. “Since an RV park is not listed in a zoning district as a permitted use, it would probably have to be done as a planned zoning district.”
Shuffle on down
Indications are that Doug Green, the owner of the Buffalo Grill West on Bowman Curve, is bringing back the original Buffalo Grill on Rebsamen Park Road. Green is a former partner with the original location’s previous owner, John Gaiser. The original was sold for unpaid back taxes and other debts last year. Green has been at the original location the past several days with construction crews readying the building, including expanding the deck. An employee at the Buffalo Grill West said he couldn’t reveal a target date for opening but said “it should be very soon, once we get staffing issues and all that worked out.”
A reopened Buffalo Grill, by the way, doesn’t alter plans by Ed David of the nearby Faded Rose to open Bubba and Garcia’s by mid-summer in his former restaurant building. The building, now empty, sits between the Buffalo Grill and the Faded Rose.
“I’ve got $20,000 already invested, I can’t back out now,” David said.
David had originally hoped to buy the Buffalo Grill building for his venture, then settled on his former home. Bubba and Garcia’s will offer Mexican-style entrees, chili, American plate lunches and margaritas.
David owns the parking lot across from the Faded Rose and his new venture. He says Doug Green went into the Buffalo Grill restoration aware that David planned to use all the parking for his restaurants.
“I don’t want a parking lot fight but what do you do?” David said.
Pulaski Sheriff Randy Johnson says he’s feeling fine and planning, “God willing,” to serve in the office through the end of his term Jan. 1, 2007. He says rumors that he’s planning to retire soon may be linked to the fact that he has firmly decided not to seek re-election in 2006. “Twelve years is enough,” he said. (Funny thing. About 30 minutes after our conversation with Johnson, we just happened to get a news release announcing Deputy Doc Holladay’s candidacy for the post, a good 15 months before the primary.)