DESTINATION LITTLE ROCK
Lenners. Located at 7103 Cock of the Walk Lane in North Little Rock, Arkansas, the restaurant and event center provides an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind fare with a Southern-inspired backbone, innovative bar menu and best in class service.
What type of consumer are you targeting?
Cypress Social is an approachable restaurant that appeals to a broad demographic. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or anniversary, or dinner on a Tuesday evening, we have a space and menu that can accommodate your needs.
How does the design of restaurants cater to what today’s consumers are looking for?
With this restaurant, our construction company—Keet O’Gary Construction—had a real challenge because it was a true floor to roof remodeling effort of an iconic restaurant space. Working with Garry Mertins and RPPY, we managed to create a space that is as beautiful as it is traditional. The buildout was able to repurpose 60% of the Cypress wood that was on the inside of the building, and with other finishes that utilized knotty pine, the restaurant looks first class and truly unique.
Is there a location that shows how the brand interacts with the community and customers? One of your favorites?
In the room that can be rented for VIP guests, there is a beautiful painting by Barry Thomas of Cypress trees that was created specifically for the restaurant. Barry is a well-known artist who resides in the state. This tied in well to the local community aspect of the design.
What are some of the adjustments you made surrounding the recent state of events?
We have followed every mandate handed down from the Governor to the fullest extent possible. We were a bit lucky that our restaurant is large enough that social distancing was not as difficult as some restaurants have faced. We spent a tremendous amount of funds on PPE to keep our crew safe, and have gone above and beyond to keep our guests safe and comfortable.
What kind of conversations are you having with your customers?
We spend a lot of time asking how their meal was and thanking them for dining with us. We understand that each guest who
COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — DECEMBER 2020