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New Heights Restaurant George’s Sets Opening Date

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George’s, a new Italian restaurant coming to Little Rock’s Heights neighborhood, has announced an opening date of Aug. 19.

The restaurant is a project of John Stephens, senior vice president at Stephens Inc. of Little Rock, and his wife Mary Olive Stephens. They purchased the former Cafe Prego site at 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. from General Enterprises Co. for $540,000 in April 2021. Cafe Prego closed in late 2020 after being in business for about 20 years.

On Friday, workers were putting the finishing touches on a multi-million dollar renovation and redesign that called for a new kitchen and a new white and green color scheme on the exterior of the building.

The Stephenses have said the restaurant will feature three dining rooms, an outdoor patio and a hidden speakeasy bar.

George’s is named as a tribute to some of the couple’s favorite restaurants abroad. The menu will feature “fresh, homemade Italian classics with a local spin,” according to a news release.

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