Grampa's Catfish Sees New Life on Stagecoach

Grampa’s Catfish House in Sherwood closed in September 2011, reopened in March 2012 and then closed for good in September 2012. The restaurant couldn’t make a go of it after its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

And that seemed to be the end of Grampa’s in central Arkansas.

Seemed to be.

Because on May 7, 26-year-old Tyson Allen opened his version of Grampa’s, Grampa’s Southern Catfish at 9219 Stagecoach Road in Little Rock.

Allen, originally from Southaven, Miss., is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway and was a Grampa’s customer. He said he has invested $250,000 in his Grampa’s, which has a slightly different name — Grampa’s Southern Catfish instead of Grampa’s Catfish House — because of the financial problems experienced by the previous owner, Nate Townsend.

Allen said, however, that Townsend had given him a good deal on the Grampa’s recipes: “It was basically a gift,” Allen said.

Business has been “awesome,” Allen said. Tax receipts from the Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission show that Grampa’s reported taxable receipts of $34,645 in November, the latest month available, and a total of $252,215 for May through November 2013.