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John Daly’s Steakhouse Construction on Course in Conway

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There’s progress to report on the first John Daly’s Steakhouse, planned for 912 Front St. in Conway. The developer of the restaurant, which is named for and pays homage to the pro golfer who used to call Dardanelle home, is the S.A.M. Group of Conway, whose CFO, Adam Waldron, updated your Whispers staff.

The developers have razed two buildings at the site and are working on building the pad. “We’re probably four to six weeks from really making some sure progress,” Waldron said.

The goal is to have the restaurant open before Valentine’s Day, but “that’s going to be a stretch,” he said. “It’s subject to change.”

The restaurant itself will be about 6,000 SF, with an 800- to 1,000-SF private dining room with a wrap-around balcony upstairs.

In addition, S.A.M. Group is building four 1,000-SF “fully furnished executive lofts,” providing living space for tenants and dubbed The Lofts at 912.

The group owns both the real estate and the restaurant, said Waldron, who in his day job is a vice president at River Town Bank of Dardanelle. Daly is lending his name to the restaurant, which will feature memorabilia from the golfer’s colorful career.

S.A.M. Group would like to open a Daly’s Steakhouse in the Little Rock area and northwest Arkansas down the road, Waldron said, with the potential to expand outside the state.

C.R. Crawford Construction of Fayetteville will be the contractor for the project, and Taggart Architects of North Little Rock is the architect, with Brandon Ruhl of Conway the lead architect.

S.A.M. Group is investing $3 million in the project, Waldron said.

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