The Downtown Little Rock Partnership introduced yesterday on Fb that Samantha’s Faucet Room & Wooden Grill shall be reopening on July 7, greater than 4 months after a water fundamental rupture at 100 W. Fourth St. in downtown flooded the restaurant’s basement through the snowstorm that hit Arkansas in February. Chris Tanner, proprietor of Samantha’s, stated in an interview that month that he estimated that flooding within the basement was 9 to 10 ft excessive earlier than the water was pumped out. Samantha’s faucet system for beer and wine had to get replaced, together with a walk-in cooler, compressors and a water heater.

Because of the lack of foot visitors and tourism downtown within the early months of the pandemic, Samantha’s didn’t reopen after the preliminary shutdown till September. It has solely been open one full month of 2021 and that was at 66% capability through the winter when the state had reached its peak in every day COVID-19 instances.

Tanner stated that Samantha’s has lately employed 5 servers, and that a number of members of the again of home workers by no means left as a result of the restaurant used cash it acquired from the Paycheck Safety Program to maintain paying its workers all through the pandemic when the restaurant was closed.

Tanner stated Samantha’s will return to its pre-pandemic hours: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. (or perhaps 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Tanner stated) Monday-Saturday. He added that Samantha’s will debut some new menu gadgets when the restaurant reopens in July, however he didn’t wish to reveal the specifics simply but.