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The Root Cafe of Little Rock got its construction permit last week for its second location, at Breckenridge Village, Jack Sundell said, and he hopes to open the new restaurant in the fourth quarter of this year.

Sundell and his wife, Corri Bristow-Sundell, co-owners of The Root, known for offering locally sourced food, announced in August 2022 plans to open their second location in the redeveloped Breckenridge Village shopping center at 10301 N. Rodney Parham Road. But the March 31, 2023, tornado heavily damaged the center, delaying work on several restaurants planning to open there, The Root included.

Another, separate permit has also been approved for the construction of a courtyard outside the restaurant, seating about 60.

The restaurant itself will seat about 100 diners and will total more than 4,000 SF, far larger than the original Root, at 1500 Main St., which is just about 2,000 SF, Sundell said. The new location will employ 30 to 40 workers.

In addition to a bigger kitchen, The Breckenridge Root will also have a full bar.

The second location will have a “very similar aesthetic to the downtown location,” he said, “all of the same things, but we’re calling this The Root Cafe plus, same breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, but with the added full bar area and a little more emphasis on an expanded dinner menu.”

Haney Contractors of Little Rock is the contractor for the Root project.

Sundell declined to share the value of the couple’s investment in the second Root Cafe, allowing only that it is “substantial.”

“We’re so excited to be joining the group of businesses at Breckenridge Village and to be opening a second location in west Little Rock,” he said. “We’re just really excited to be able to serve a new market out there and to serve more of the local food and be able to buy more local food from the farmers that we work with and producers that we work with.

“The Root downtown, we’ve been open for almost 13 years. It will be 13 years in June, and since we’ve opened we’ve spent just over $4 million with small farmers and producers in Arkansas, so we’re really excited to be able to increase that economic impact with our second location.

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