Basements of Foremost Avenue eating places flood after water essential ruptures


Freezing temperatures ruptured a water essential at 100 W. Fourth St. in downtown Little Rock yesterday, inflicting flooding within the basements of Samantha’s Faucet Room & Wooden Grill and Soul Fish Cafe and the parking storage at 120 W. Fourth St.

Chris Tanner, proprietor of Samantha’s Faucet Room, stated flooding within the basement was in all probability 9 to 10 ft excessive earlier than it began being pumped out.

“All the pieces we had down within the basement was underwater,” Tanner stated. Casualties embrace compressors, walk-in coolers, beer, wine, meals and a water heater.

“All the pieces down there may be simply fried, I’m certain,” Tanner stated. He stated preliminary issues had been that Fourth Avenue may doubtlessly collapse to the restaurant’s basement. Little Rock Police closed Fourth Avenue to site visitors Tuesday.

“The basement goes out past the footprint of the constructing,” he stated. “Whenever you’re strolling on the sidewalk on Fourth Avenue, you’re strolling over part of the basement.”

Tanner stated he may solely speculate about all of the structural injury as a result of there’s nonetheless about two ft of water within the basement.

“Most likely by tomorrow they’ll have most of it out and we are able to begin assessing what’s occurring,” he stated. It is going to take a while, he stated, to get all the pieces cleared out, changed and connected once more.

Along with Samantha’s Faucet Room, Tanner owns Cheers within the Heights and The Oyster Bar. As a result of lack of foot site visitors downtown, Samantha’s was closed final 12 months from March till September. The Oyster Bar was closed for renovations throughout that point interval as nicely.

“It’s simply one other headache is what it’s,” Tanner stated. “You simply get by way of all this shit, get all of the eating places lastly half opened up, after which God Almighty, right here we go once more. However we’ll muscle by way of it and simply be closed for some time.”

Tanner stated he instructed his workers to hold tight. “We’re nicely insured, so I stated, ‘Don’t anybody flip out, don’t fear, let all the pieces run its course.’ ”

Soul Fish Cafe, situated subsequent door at 306 Foremost Avenue, introduced on its Fb web page that it’s closed because of the water essential break and 6 ft of water in its basement.

Bruno’s Little Italy, situated at 310 Foremost Avenue, has been closed for greater than three weeks because of an worker testing constructive for COVID-19, proprietor Gio Bruno stated. “We’re all snowed in at dwelling and solely know what’s been reported,” Bruno stated in a textual content message. “I received’t have the ability to go in and see potential injury till it thaws.”


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