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City Silo Table + Pantry of Memphis is bringing its first out-of-state location to Little Rock, to the former Pei Wei restaurant at the Promenade at Chenal.

That’s according to Michael Bodnar, partner and chairman of Fresh Hospitality, and Scott and Rebekah Tashie, founders and co-owners of City Silo, which has two locations in Memphis and plans for a third.

Fresh Hospitality is the restaurant group based in Nashville, Tennessee, that’s known for the Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Waldo’s Chicken & Beer and I Love Juice Bar brands, among more than a dozen others, including City Silo. Bodnar also is a longtime associate of the Keet family, the family behind JTJ Restaurants, operator of Cypress Social and a number of Taziki’s and Waldo’s restaurants. Bodnar also has teamed up with JTJ and Kelly Lovell and Walt Todd on the Count Porkula brand.

The 7,564-SF PeiWei/Mattress firm project at 17701 Chenal Parkway was bought by Promenade RE LLC, led by Bodnar and Jim, Tommy and Jake Keet, just recently.

City Silo focuses on healthy eating, with an inclusive menu that caters to vegetarians, vegans and omnivores.

The target to open is the first quarter of next year, Tashie said. The restaurant will encompass about 3,600 SF and will feature patio seating outside as well. It will employ 30 to 35 workers.

Asked why Little Rock and why now, Tashie said, “We really like Little Rock. It’s not too far from home. We went and visited and just really got good vibes from the city. Our partners, Fresh Hospitality, have really good roots there, really good relationships there, from real estate all the way to restaurant operators.

“So we felt like this is our baby and if we’re going to make a jump to [another] city we wanted it to be a city where we felt we had really good connections with, a place where we could visit a lot, oversee the store. It would be a good stepping stone for us, launching our brand outside our hometown.”

Scott and Rebekah are both athletes. He was a professional golfer whose career was ended by injuries and she’s a tennis player, but both also have backgrounds in the restaurant industry.

City Silo was built around the concept of “serving healthy food to the masses, making it affordable, making it taste really good, having it served quickly and also having a menu that is creative, eclectic and all-inclusive,” Scott Tashie said. “Just something that would be approachable to everybody.”

The restaurant has achieved some national recognition, with Thrillist labeling it Memphis’ best new restaurant of 2017, saying City Silo was “unlike any other restaurant in town.”

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