TK’s Chicken ‘N Waffles Old Country Cooking opens today in downtown Conway. Everything I’ve heard about the chicken and waffles phenomenon is that, strange as it sounds, it is a very addictive combination. I guess we are about to find out.
Conway native Rhonda Boyd is the brain behind this operation. She has been to some of the big cities that have restaurants specializing in chicken and waffles and, having some of her own experience in the eatery business, she decided it was time for Conway to have one too. She said the restaurant is a tribute to her grandmother and the many “mommas” in her life, and she wants all her customers to feel right at home. Among the items on the menu today will be chicken and dressing and old-fashioned banana pudding. To-go menus will be on hand for folks who want to go home and research what they will have on their second visit.
The restaurant is at 1012 Van Ronkle St. If you know where the Lantern Theater is, think across the street and to the east a storefront or two.
The Conway Supper Club has changed hands and is undergoing a complete overhaul. Daniel and Ashleigh Hawks are the new owners of the business, which was established in the mid 1990s, Ashleigh said. The name is a bit misleading at first glance (located outside the city limits of Conway) but it certainly is a club, as it has operated with a private club license since well before that became the popular thing to do in Conway.
The new owners are in the process of revamping the entire building. Cedar planks on the inside and outside of the building have been taken down and will be replaced with a stucco-like material. The building has been expanded to make room for a manager’s office and additional restrooms. New lighting and ceiling fans were installed, and the duct work was professionally cleaned.
Ashleigh said the pool tables will be refurbished, and a new stage is being built. Also a large bar is under construction that will feature glowing marble tiles and three very large televisions. The kitchen will serve burgers, wings, cheese sticks and such.
The owners will be seeking bands to play on a pretty regular basis, and they are open to being approached by local talent. They hope to open by the end of September or soon thereafter if construction continues to progress quickly.
(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)