This renovated 7,000 sf kitchen and dining area for Little Rock’s Capital Hotel houses the new One Eleven restaurant, lauded as one of the premier eateries in Central Arkansas. The restaurant is designed to integrate seamlessly with the Capital Hotel’s 1860’s French Neoclassical design.
This new restaurant and dining experience was modernized by removing all of the previously installed low walls and partitions, which opens up the dining room for a more lively experience. Every detail, from wall, ceiling and floor, was meticulously considered in order to elevate the dining experience be elegantly unique in Little Rock. Special attention was given to incorporation of robust HVAC, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection systems while maintaining the historic character of the Hotel. Audio Visual systems are integrated seamlessly into the aesthetic; completely hidden, until they are needed. The quality of materials and artwork were carefully chosen to maintain a timely and lasting design that will age with grace and dignity, remaining useful for decades.
Major changes include the addition of a twelve person wine bar and two wide folding doors which open onto the atrium space, creating an inviting area to welcome people inside. A good example is the Zinc Bar and railing installed at the bar. The unique the Zinc Bar shows condensation rings of glasses if chilled drinks are left to sit on the bar, however this was intentional. It will create a beautiful patina and become an important symbol of numerous patron’s connection to this historic building.
The new kitchen is a complete renovation, insisted on by a new French chef. Every detail was considered, including areas for preparing each type of food, fish, meat, hot appetizers, cold appetizers, soups, pastries, bakery, refrigeration, freezer, blast freezer, beverages and hotel and conference services. It is a modern, energetic operation – hidden behind the veil of the Neoclassical public side. This new state-of-the-art kitchen comprised 5,000 sf of the 7,000 sf renovation.
Photography by Heather Collins