Rachel's Rumors: Start watching for new restaurants downtown

I’m so excited to be back in the swing of things after the holidays and my brief quarantine while surviving a mild illness. And even though it seems to have rained every day of this new year, I’m just radiating sunshine as I bring you news of what you have to look forward to.


First of all, I have heard a rumor that there may be a couple of restaurants coming to the building facing Rogers Plaza in downtown Conway. I don’t know what they are or when they’re coming, but you can bet there’s a pretty good chance this is no hoax. Just imagine when the sun comes out again and things start to warm up — around April or so. You could be sitting in a nice little cafe looking out on the plaza. Here’s hoping!

Also in downtown, Bell & Sward Gentlemen’s Clothier will open at 1020 Oak Street in early February. You can go to their Facebook page to view photos and follow the progress. The owners are Annette Bell and Erik Sward, I’m told. The building, just a couple of doors down from Carmen’s Antiques, has been undergoing a major renovation for several months. I’m sure it is going to be beautiful inside when it is finished. A men’s clothing store has historically been a fixture in downtown Conway, so I expect this one will fit right in.


Here are a few reminders to keep things fresh for you.

•Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen is under construction on East Oak Street, east of Conway Commons.

•If you missed Michelle Corbet’s enterprising scoop earlier in the week, it was a doozy. Looks like Cheddar’s Casual Cafe might be coming to the former Superior Chevrolet property. Michelle just happened to saunter up to a surveyor on the job and ask him what he was surveying for, and he just happened to spill the beans. Now that’s chasing down a rumor. Hopefully this one will work out, because it’s not a done deal yet. I really would like to have a Cheddar’s in town.

That’s about it for now. Stick around for more excitement. See you next week.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to rachelpdickerson@gmail.com)



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