Odell's Uptown has opened in the lobby of the Metropolitan Bank Building in the former home of Cheers on Broadway. Their slogan reads “Fresh from the South” and menu items like Mardi-dogs (andouille sausage corn dogs), a green tomato po' boy and homemade fruit cobbler seem to confirm at least the “South” part of that. Regular daily specials include fried chicken, turkey meat loaf, catfish and pork chops. Odell's is open for breakfast and lunch, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number is 372-4381.
The first of at least four new outlets of Panera Bread, the national bakery-cafe chain, will open in early September in West Little Rock's Pleasant Ridge Town Center.