Mark Camp, the Little Rock investment banker who has partnered with state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and Rod Damon on the 1836 Club, says the partners aren’t seeking to make big money off the private club’s operations; they just want it to be “sustainable.”
Camp led a media tour last week of the 12,000-SF building at 1406 Cantrell Road, a tour that included Little Rock designer Kaki Hockersmith showing off her work on the carpetbagger-era house (restrained and tasteful nouveau Victorian — clubby, naturally) and Executive Chef Donnie Ferneau sharing menu highlights.
Camp said the club, which has been open about a month, was the culmination of years of wishful thinking and a combination of all the elements he and his partners thought were needed to facilitate business entertaining.
And despite the luxe surroundings, he said, the club is a good value for members (one-time initiation fee for individuals of $250 and $250 monthly dues), who get a 20 percent discount on meals.
A particular highlight was the cigar room, dark and cozy and decorated with scores of portraits of cigar aficionado extraordinaire Winston Churchill (selected by Cigar Aficionado Magazine as No. 1 among the top 100 cigar smokers of the 20th century). Camp said the room was a favorite of club members.