Randy Breece, co-owner of the old Pulaski Heights American Legion lodge, says that he's “praying and hoping” for a late September, early October opening for U.S. Pizza, the building's new tenant. The new Hillcrest location will seat easily 100 inside, Breece says, and maybe that many on an outside deck, which he says will be lushly landscaped and well shaded. U.S. Pizza is also planning on moving its corporate headquarters, currently located in North Little Rock, into the upstairs of the building, where it'll share space with a large private-party area.
The Shackleford Crossing development will include at least six restaurant chains — Cracker Barrel, Copeland's of New Orleans, Ruby Tuesday's, Fu-Weng Japanese steakhouse, Panda Buffet and Zaxby's, a chicken restaurant. A spokesman for the development company says Cracker Barrel and the Asian restaurants could be open as early as October, with others' including Copeland's, not opening until early next year.