AT THE AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT: The new hotel at Louisiana Street and Capitol Avenue will include a 5,000-square-foot restaurant and lounge. The hotel will be a remodel of the early 20th century Hall Building and the mid-century Davidson Annex.
Construction on a boutique hotel on Capitol Avenue is underway. The 112-room hotel will be branded an AC Hotel by Marriott, the first of its kind in Arkansas. The project will redevelop the 1923 five-story Hall Building and the three-story 1947 Davidson annex at 201-215 W. Capitol Ave. The hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2019. Investment group 201 W. Capitol LLC, which includes the Sam Alley family and members of the Rock Capital Real Estate Group, bought the buildings last year. VCC Construction, of which Alley is chairman and CEO, is handling the construction. A 5,000-square-foot restaurant and lounge is also planned.
On the other end of the block, at Capitol and Center streets, the Sterling Building — a department store until 2005 — has leased its first floor. Midwest Litigation, a St. Louis-based company that provides court reporting, video deposition support, trial support, mediation and arbitration conference rooms and other services to the legal community, will work with Rock Capital Real Estate on the finish-out. Dan Roda of Rock Capital said the street access appealed to the company, and finishing should begin soon.
Negotiations are still in progress with tenants for the upper floors of the building, Roda said.
MOORE DINING: Cinco de Mayo has opened next to EJ's Eats in the Moore Building at Sixth and Center streets.
Something of a notorious location these days — the second floor was the scene of last year's bloody Power Ultra Lounge shootout, which wounded 25 people but miraculously resulted in no fatalities — the Moore Building at 519-523 Center St. has been a revolving door for business in recent years. That seems to be changing. Long-term tenant EJ's Eats and Drinks — an underappreciated lunch spot downtown — is under new management and doing brisk business these days, as is Ohia Poke,
Little Rock's latest entry into the fast-growing dining category of poke, which is something like sushi in a bowl. Ohia Poke is located in the old Lulav Restaurant location. Property manager Jordan Haas's Rental Realty has offices in the Moore Building, as does an image consulting company run by Haas' wife, Starre. Haas' business partner, Dan Roda, said the building's newest ground-floor tenant, Cantina Cinco de Mayo,
is doing good business as well, and that the upstairs of the building is undergoing restoration work following the Power Ultra Lounge dustup. He said he hopes to have the upstairs open again and ready for tenants by the end of the year.