Phase 1 - Grand Opening September 2017
The Griffin Restaurant
This historic gas station and former automotive sales center, built in the early thirties is being retrofitted into a farm to table gastropub and caberet. With seating for up to 300 patrons, weekly musical performances will happen on stage in a variety of genres throughout the year.
The Griffin Performance Hall
Directly behind the restaurant in the original mechanic's shop of the automotive dealership, a performance hall for up to 2,400 seated patrons or general admittance for over 3,000 will be created in this mixed-use facility. A monthly music series is envisioned in a multi-genre package. The facility has a flexible seating and staging package allowing for full size concerts, weddings, conventions and trade shows.
The Amphitheater will have the flexibility to house up to a 7,000-person event quarterly with VIP seating for up to 1,200 patrons. The facility will host summer outdoor films, a seasonal farmers market and the parkscape will be accessible to all.
This 2 acre children's playground contains ADA accessible play equipment, educationally driven thematic decor tied to the region and a splash pad for play in the summer months. The park will be open daily at no cost to visitors.
Phase 2 - Grand Opening TBA
Completed in 1928 as a vaudeville theater and movie house, this performance facility is being restored to an 850 seat hall for touring performances, music, live HD broadcast shows and symphonic performances by our very own South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the stage will convert into a 125 seat black box for comedy, spoken word and lecture series.
The lobby for the exhibition hall has room for more than 1,200 patrons with reception and concessions. This space connects the exhibition hall with the historic Rialto Theater, featuring the original architectural steel work of a 1920's era bus depot.