Packet House Grill Planned for Historic Little Rock Property

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 12:00 am  

Perhaps you noticed the sold sign on a Cantrell Road landmark in Little Rock, the 142-year-old Packet House.

Did you know the change in ownership means the historic home at 1406 Cantrell Road will return as a dining destination?

Betty Richards hopes to have renovation work started during the next four to six weeks and completed by spring to unveil Packet House Grill.

"We're getting the plans all finished up with the architect," she said.

General plans for the 8,200-SF building include a full-service bar, restaurant on the first floor, banquet area on the second floor and office/storage space on the third floor.

The additions of an elevator and a small patio with views of the Arkansas River are on the drawing board.

This is the first restaurant venture for Richards, who owns Rich Logistics, a Little Rock trucking firm.

The residence served as the home of the Packet Restaurant from 1982-88 under the lead ownership of Larry Carter. Ed Harvey converted the property to office use before losing it through foreclosure as did Carter before him.



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