UPDATE #4 – DEC 27, 2020:
When I interviewed Rob Gaston and Adam Whitefield in early November, they showed me a nearly finished restaurant and no patio, as well as a storage space in the suite next door. They talked about big plans somewhere down the road for creating a doorway on the south wall (to the right as you walk in) and making more seating there. I gave them a somewhat optimistic but tentative “Mm-hmm.”
I knew they had a good concept, nice decor and an accomplished chef. But they’d have to draw a crowd first. They did do that. They opened just before Thanksgiving and I was able to eat there one time. Two weeks later, I called to see the wait and was told 40 minutes to an hour. One way to solve that problem is to open more seating.
Their social media post from Saturday, December 26th states, “When we opened our doors one month ago we knew at some point we would need to expand. We had no clue that time would be now! With the outpouring of support that we have seen in such a short period of time, we have made the decision to start construction on the adjoining space. We are adding additional seating as well as private event space. We will keep you posted on progress!”
UPDATE #3 – NOV 20, 2020:
Would you like a date with a mule? Well, the Copper Mule Table & Tap has set their opening date as Tuesday, November 24th. The beverage truck has delivered a load, and the staff has had practice with cooking all the dishes and serving them to guests. Here are a few pictures, taken by the restaurant, and you can read more in the previous updates below, and visit them at 3348 Main Street in Bryant.
On the menu, they have steak, chops, voodoo pasta, shrimp & grits, fried crawfish tails, gumbo, fried green tomatoes, bologna sandwiches, burgers, salads and so much more, including something for dessert called Moon Pie Madness, and then there are the specialty drinks…
UPDATE #2 – NOV 3, 2020:
Restaurant owners in Bryant have been working to get their space ready to invite customers in. It’s been exactly three months since we checked in on Rob Gaston and Adam Whitefield of Copper Mule Table & Tap, and now they are nearly done with phase 1 of the space. They say their goal for opening is in about two weeks. They have installed a sign above the entrance to the building, there’s a bar along the right wall as you walk in, and they plan to construct a railing enclosure to the left side of the building to make a patio for guests.
The duo have welcomed chef Mindy Mitchell to their staff. She specializes in southern and cajun cuisine. Their bar will be full-service, with signature drinks. They showed me some fun glassware in several shapes, including very Instagrammable flamingo and light bulb shapes.
Phase 2 will feature the adjoining suite to the right in the photo below. Plans are to create a doorway in the front of the restaurant to allow flow into a larger dining area. See more of the story of this restaurant in the previous article below, and watch MySaline for more specifics as information becomes available.
ORIGINAL #1 – AUG 3, 2020:
Does the above picture look like a place where you’d like to go in a get a nice drink and some southern cuisine?
Well it’s going through changes and will look more inviting, but that’s what some local entrepreneurs plan to open in Bryant very soon. Copper Mule Table & Tap will move into this new property at 3348 Main Street, once construction has been completed.
The partners are Rob Gaston of Legacy Property Group, and Adam Whitefield who you may know as the owner of the Twisted Fries food truck.
“I have always had a passion for good food and drink,” said Whitefield, “but what essentially drew us to open Copper Mule was the lack of anything similar in Bryant.”
The restaurant promises fresh craft cocktails and modern takes on classic Southern dishes in a rustic, yet modern environment. See some of the planned menu below.
“I spent the last four years in Dallas, and Rob moved here from northwest Arkansas,” said Whitefield. “We missed the unique dining options that were available to us in those areas.”
Although these two are new to Bryant, it’s good to have transplants who want to build the city. Whitefield is from Magnolia, Arkansas and went to Southern Arkansas University. Gaston is from Helena, Arkansas and went to Arkansas State University.
Whitefield said they have a goal to make outdoor seating and an area from cornhole and other games. They are also considering live entertainment, trivia and karaoke nights in the future.
Visit the Copper Mule Table & Tap Facebook to stay updated on their progress.