Chef Lee Richardson May Be Ready to 'Cache' In

Chef Lee Richardson May Be Ready to 'Cache' In
Lee Richardson

Arkansas Business has learned that an announcement is coming that Chef Lee Richardson, the celebrated former executive chef at the Capital Hotel, is taking his talents (in some form) to Cache, the restaurant owned by Rush Harding, CEO of Crews & Associates, and his son, Payne.

Although Cache, which opened in December 2013 in Little Rock’s River Market District, has been a reliable revenue generator, recent reviews of the swanky restaurant have been mixed. Cache’s food sales in 2014 totaled a hearty $1.9 million, putting it at No. 4 among upscale restaurants in the Little Rock area; through May of this year, Cache food sales were $614,749.

Its first executive chef, Matthew Cooper, left the restaurant at the end of last year and went on to join the Belfry in downtown Bentonville, a restaurant project of RopeSwing, the Bentonville hospitality group backed by Walton money.

Our source says Richardson, who developed a number of culinary talents while at the Capital, enjoys coaching and teaching and that Payne Harding, now the executive chef at Cache and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, “is eager to grow and learn,” as our source says. “They enjoy working with each other.”