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Pantry Crest To Open in Hillcrest Next Month

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Tomas Bohm, owner of the Pantry restaurant in west Little Rock, tells Whispers that he hopes to open the Pantry’s Hillcrest sibling, the Pantry Crest, sometime in September.

Bohm has been busy on a massive renovation of the two-story frame house at 722 N. Palm St. that will house the Pantry Crest. The house, built in 1906, has been home to a number of previous restaurants, among them Sufficient Grounds, the Laughing Moon Café and, most recently, the House, which closed nearly a year ago.

Bohm told Arkansas Business in January that he expected to spend about $200,000 on the remodel. But, as is often the case, the project grew and it’s now about a $350,000 job. He’s had to do foundation work and go so far as to rebuild exterior walls of the charming but sagging house. That expense is over and above the $455,000 he paid for the property in December. But, the restaurateur said, he’d rather do the job right than do it over.

In addition, he’s started hiring for the new restaurant, with those employees to be trained by the staff of his restaurant at 11401 Rodney Parham Road. Bohm is contemplating a “soft” opening to ensure that he’s got the kinks worked out before going fully live in Hillcrest.

Bohm says the neighborhood’s residents drop by frequently to check on his progress and urge him on. “I think that’s what’s keeping me sane,” he said.

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