Creighton Ralls of Little Rock announced Tuesday the July soft opening of The Paranoid Android coffee shop in the Little Rock Technology Park.
It is the third coffee shop operated by Ralls’ company, Cleopatra, and he told Arkansas Business it's targeting July 12 for a soft opening to the public.
Cleopatra also owns 2Twenty1 at 221 W. Second St, Suite 102, and Cleo’s Corner in the Arkansas Department of Commerce at 1 Commerce Way, both in Little Rock. The 2Twenty1 is the only shop currently open to the public, and his trailer called Coffethang is nearly ready to open, Ralls said.
The opening of the new coffee shop will mark the tech park’s official reopening to the public. While it has been open to tenants during the pandemic, public spaces have been closed.
The Paranoid Android will serve coffee, fresh food and offer a happy hour beginning mid-July. It will be open from 7:30 a.m. until at least 3 p.m., according to a news release.
“We’re excited to be a new tenant of the Little Rock Technology Park and look forward to serving the public and bringing the Tech Park lobby back to life. As an Arkansas small business owner, it’s been a dream to start a venture on Main Street in the state’s Capitol city,” Ralls said in the release. “Add coffee, technology, and ideas to the mix, and we’re on to something great. To give the community a place to gather, enjoy coffee, be inspired, or create the next big thing is incredibly exciting. We can’t wait to welcome new customers into the space for food, coffee, and connection.”
Brent Birch, executive director of the tech park, added, “The Little Rock Tech Park’s mission is to provide a stimulating environment, to accelerate the location of technology-based ventures and formation of new ventures, and having an operating coffee shop again marks an exciting new beginning for our entire tech park community.”