A new venue, Eastside Scrapyard, is set to provide a new location for weddings, corporate events and more in downtown Little Rock’s East Village. Bart Barlogie, who, with his wife, Deanna, partnered with Chris and Samantha Tanner for the venture, said he hopes to open the venue in about a month.

 

He added that he had long eyed the building at 1416 E. Ninth St., and when the previous owner decided to sell it about a year ago, he showed it to the Tanners. 

 

“We just talked about how cool it would be to have an event center within the city, one that’s off the beaten path but also still in downtown,” he said. “We both really loved that industrial area and that industrial feel.”

 

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He said the 13,500-square-foot building has a beautiful industrial aesthetic highlighted by an open floor plan, plentiful windows and a vintage elevator in the middle of the space.

 

“We’ve left it kind of an open box so that people can dress it up the way they wanted, you know?” he said. “We didn’t want to put too much of our own style or aesthetic into the space, just so it became more valuable for other people who want to have different things there.”

 

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The second floor of the two-story building will host various gatherings, and the first floor will be devoted to catering prep, he added. The venue will not have a kitchen, but it will provide warming cabinets, grills and bagged ice, he said. Couples can choose from a list of preferred caterers, and he said he also plans to hire an events coordinator and include security with event packages. 

 

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Other amenities include tables and chairs, three portable bars and a large, mobile television screen, he said. He added that the venue will eventually include a covered outdoor space.

 

Eastside Scrapyard is the Little Rock restaurateurs’ first venue. Barlogie owns Raduno Brick Oven Barroom and The Fold, and Tanner owns the Oyster Bar, Cheers, and Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill.

 

“We’re both in hospitality, and it’s kind of what we do, what we like doing, so we’re excited to try something a little bit new and different for us,” Barlogie said. 

 

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Eastside Scrapyard is one of many new projects slated to enliven the East Village, an area currently home to the Rail Yard and Lost Forty Brewing, as well as the recently opened Sterling Market. Southern Tail Brewing is set to open this year, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is building a facility in the area.

 

“There is a lot of movement happening down there, and I just feel like that area is starting to grow,” Barlogie said. “We also liked that this venue is relatively close to the airport, also close to hotels, so people coming into town for a wedding, for instance, and stay right downtown, boom, get out of town really easily.”

 

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