EL DORADO – MuleKick, a Magnolia-based restaurant known to University of South Arkansas students for its pizzas, wings and local craft beer, on Thursday announced plans to open in the closed Griffin restaurant in the Murphy Arts District.
Griffin Restaurant, one of the Murphy Arts District’s premier must-sees, closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We would like to thank our loyal Griffin Patrons who have supported us throughout our journey. Now more than ever, we encourage you to extend your support to [email protected] as they take the lead in all things food and beverage at MAD, ”Pam Griffin, President and CEO of the Murphy Arts District, said in a press release.
The Murphy Arts District – with its restaurants, art galleries and concert halls – has attracted national artists to perform in downtown El Dorado since it opened in 2017.
Griffin Restaurant opened in September 2017 at the start of the Murphy Arts District. A 2,000-seat concert hall, Griffin Performance Hall, flanks the restaurant in the original mechanic’s workshop. The historic Griffin Auto Company building, which opened in 1928, included a dealership, repair shop, and gas station. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in May 2001.
MuleKick’s Christy Ouei said her kitchen makes their own pizza dough, throws it in their hands and bakes their pies with special recipes. Ouei said that eventually the El Dorado menu will include seasonal dishes and unique appetizers and offer Sunday brunch. Live music and quiz nights will be featured regularly, according to Thursday’s announcement.
“The goal of working with MAD is to combine our vision of a strong workplace culture with MAD’s mission to improve the quality of life for all of South Arkansas,” Ouei said in the Press release.
Ouei said she plans to transform the Griffin restaurant into a “trendy and relaxed space,” including adding outdoor fireplaces along Locust Street and expanding the interior to allow for more seating and dining. private dining. The restaurant is slated to open this fall.
“We hope to be a part of the new era of food and drink in El Dorado and look forward to building new relationships within the community,” said Ouei.
Information for this article was provided by Eric E. Harrison of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.