New Corky's Barbecue Could Open This Fall

A new Corky's Barbecue could open this November in the Lakewood Village shopping center at a site behind the Olive Garden.

Tommy Hilburn, former Razorback basketball standout Joe Klein and Vince Schallenburg, who together own the West Little Rock Corky's, will meet with North Little Rock's Planning Department next week in hopes of getting approval to build a 6,000-SF restaurant — basically the same setup as the West Little Rock location.

Hilburn said they hope to pay $125 per SF for the building, or about $750,000, in the shopping center owned by The Ashley Co.

It's a location the three investors had been eying for eight years but did not become available until April, when a 10-year option on the property expired. (We couldn't come up with more details on that because the Ashley folks were out of town last week.)

Anyway, the new Corky's will employ about 70.