The big yellow construction crane in the sky over the River Market and the construction crews have been hard at work building the Little Rock River Market District’s newest structure, the Arcade Building. Since the groundbreaking last fall, the police substation and parking lot that were there have disappeared forever. The new foundation has been laid and the facility’s support columns are rising.
The Arcade building will open in the fall and include a 310 seat Theater, the new home of the Arkansas Film Festival. The Arkansas Film Festival will manage the theater, and they are planning to show movies year-round. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will share the state-of-the-art theater facility with them. The theater is designed for multi-purpose use. In addition to movies, the theater will be used for speaking events, children’s events and concerts.
The ground floor will also be home to a European-style restaurant with French and Italian influences named Cache. The restaurant will be operated by Payne Harding, who recently reopened the 1620 Savoy in West Little Rock. He promises the restaurant will be unique to the area and will provide a great dining experience.
The building will have classroom and meeting space for the UA Clinton School of Public Service. The Central Arkansas Library will also have space in the building. Meadors, Adams & Lee Insurance will have the third floor. For more information about leasing retail space contact the building developers, Moses Tucker Real Estate, at 501-376-6555.
This is what the Arcade building will look like when it is finished in the fall.