Hotel Hale Making Headway; Hot Springs Gaining Another Distillery

Hotel Hale Making Headway; Hot Springs Gaining Another Distillery
Left: Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe and his wife, Ellen, are converting the historic Hale Bathhouse into a boutique hotel. (Karen E. Segrave)

Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe says his work on the transformation of the old Hale Bathhouse into the Hotel Hale is “progressing nicely” and he and his wife, Ellen, hope to have it open by the end of the year.

You may remember last year’s article in Arkansas Business about plans by the Spa City mayor and his wife to turn the 12,000-SF, two-story bathhouse, on Central Avenue’s Bathhouse Row, into a boutique hotel featuring two dining areas and event and meeting space.

McCabe says construction on the remodel got underway in mid-July. Arkansas Capital Corp. and Southern Bancorp are financing the $1.25 million project.

Harrison Construction Co. of Hot Springs is the general contractor, and Bob Kempkes and Chris Sheppard of Taylor Kempkes Architects are the architects.

The Hotel Hale will employ more than 40 people once it’s up and running.

Meanwhile ...
In other Hot Springs news, Keith E. Atkinson is seeking a distillery license for Hot Springs Distilling, whose address on its application with the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division is listed as 121 Ross St.

Our efforts to reach Atkinson failed, but if the distillery is built it will join a number of others announced in recent months, such as Crystal Ridge Distillery, also in Hot Springs, and Delta Dirt Distillery in Helena-West Helena.