Jay's Pizza Fills Out River Market Hall

You’ll recall that Josh Inmon in November closed down his Tropical Smoothie Cafe location in Little Rock’s downtown Ottenheimer Market Hall.

You’ll also remember that Inmon plans to reopen the restaurant in a larger space in Benton.

The restaurant’s 2012 food sales through September were $152,246, making Tropical Smoothie the No. 3 restaurant in Market Hall, behind Boulevard Bread Co. and Coast Cantina, based on food sales. (Boulevard’s 2012 food sales through September were $205,147 and Coast’s were $182,746.)

Tropical Smoothie has left a vacant spot in the hall, which won’t be refilled until January at the soonest, said Diana McClung, director of operations for the River Market.

Jay’s Pizza is Market Hall’s newest tenant. McClung told Arkansas Business in October that “a recognizable person” would be opening the pizzeria.

That person was Jay Baxter, former executive chef at the governor’s mansion. Baxter opened Jay’s Pizza just last month.

Besides working at the governor’s mansion, Baxter has also worked as a private chef. He’s also worked, in past years, for Belle Arti in Hot Springs and, in Little Rock, for Andre’s, Ciao, Graffiti’s and Trio’s. He owned Italian restaurant Cafe Pompeii from 1998 to 2003 in Hot Springs.