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Chicken and Waffles restaurant closes after two weeks

Posted: January 30, 2013 - 5:11pm
COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO  The former location of TK's Chicken 'N Waffles stands vacant on Van Ronkle Street in downtown Conway.
COURTNEY SPRADLIN STAFF PHOTO The former location of TK's Chicken 'N Waffles stands vacant on Van Ronkle Street in downtown Conway.

Faulkner County Health Department and the City of Conway had not checked off on a downtown restaurant before owners began serving chicken and waffles to diners in September.

TK’s Chicken ‘N Waffles, 1020 Van Ronkle Street, opened under the ownership of Conway natives Tim and Rhonda Boyd.

Tim Boyd, who closed the restaurant about two weeks after it opened, said the business closed as a result of costs associated with bringing the establishment up to code and due to miscommunication between himself and permit issuers.

Lynn Hicks, Conway city building inspector, said his first involvement was after the restaurant was open.

The restaurant lacked required emergency lighting and exits, adequate bathroom facilities, a hood and duct system and fire suppression system, he said.

“They didn’t have any type of hood and duct over the chicken they were frying. It really created a potentially dangerous situation with what they were doing without having proper protection,” Hicks said. “Had they checked with me, they would have found there were some code requirements.”

In Conway, a new owner or lessee of an establishment is required to have a compliance evaluation if the space’s classification changes, for example from retail to a restaurant.

Boyd said Wednesday he was unsuccessful in attempts to communicate with officials with the city and health departments.

He said he did get the approval of the Conway Fire Department. Fire Marshal Kenny Wiedower confirmed the restaurant was on record with the department.

“I was told one thing and then something different,” he said. “I was told to open, and two weeks later the code inspector came in and told me I had to do this and do that.”

Officials with the health department said the restaurant lacked an opening inspection.

“Those who ate there did so in an establishment that opted to forgo traditional regulations,” said Tracie Wilson, environmental health specialist.

Wilson said by the time her department heard about the business, it had already closed.

“Some people who work with us went to eat there, and it was gone,” she said. “We just learned about it.”

Boyd said he and his wife are looking out of town for a building that already meets code requirements, and the couple is interested in a building in Morrilton.

“A lot of people have called wanting chicken and waffles back,” he said.

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 01/30/13 - 09:28 pm
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I don't get it

Headline sounds like they just closed today, but was actually in September? Did I miss something? If I did manage to read it correctly, why is this news now?

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 01/30/13 - 11:30 pm
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Better luck next time

Perhaps if they had served beer they would have been able to stay open. That way, negligent fathers wouldn't have to drive as far when abandoning their infants to go out drinking.

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 01/31/13 - 09:13 am
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Obviously

Beer drinking = negligent father.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 01/31/13 - 10:03 am
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ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 01/31/13 - 10:16 am
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Yeah

and robberies increase as ice cream sales increase.

So a horrible father also drinks beer correlates to people drinking beer are horrible fathers? Does it affect women the same way?

i_wonder
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i_wonder 01/31/13 - 10:21 am
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well
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Intoxication reduces the brain's decision-making ability, so yes it affects anyone with a brain (whether or not they use said brain while sober is debatable)

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 01/31/13 - 10:33 am
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Well your earlier post

Implies that anyone that ingests a beer is going to go on a violent rampage. Beer is apparently the ultimate PED then...

I don't see how you're so angry and judgmental of alcohol (given your post history), yet think guns are just dandy.

i_wonder
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i_wonder 01/31/13 - 10:57 am
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exactly
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You think it's OUTRAGEOUS that I blame the alcohol, but somehow it's perfectly logical to blame the gun.

I'm glad someone caught the intentional irony. Well done, sir.

Not every father with a beer is a drunk negligent, and not every gun-wielding citizen is a threat to society.

BuzzBy
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BuzzBy 01/31/13 - 11:10 am
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ARnologic is always there to give you a Knee-Jerk liberal point of view!

ARVoiceofLogic
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ARVoiceofLogic 01/31/13 - 12:48 pm
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Then we get back to

Was alcohol designed to efficiently kill things at long distance (often on a mass scale) like guns? I'm leaning towards no, but who knows we could have a great flood of beer. I can see it now, the AbInbev holding tanks burst up the Mississippi in St. Louis. Naturally, the gargantuan amount of beer flows into the great Mississippi causes a great flood for miles down it's banks. This continues all the way to the Gulf where wild life is killed by the stale, weak alcohol. It could happen.

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