Dining at One Eleven at the Capital Hotel will be an exclusively morning affair for the time being. The hotel’s executive chef Joel Antunes has reportedly departed the position.
As a result, the restaurant has reduced its mealtimes to only breakfast and Sunday brunch. It will serve patrons Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette report by Eric E. Harrison states that Antunes left his executive chef position in January and that a new executive chef has been hired. However, an announcement has not been named.
AY Magazine reached out the Capital Hotel marketing department. A hotel spokesperson could not confirm or deny that Antunes had retired from the hotel.
One Eleven is also reportedly undergoing a renovation in the wake of Antunes’ departure. The renovation, according to the hotel spokesperson, is part of a “reinvention” for the restaurant.
The Capital Bar and Grill’s hours do not appear to be affected by the transition. Its hours are Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The French native trained and worked at multiple Michelin-starred restaurants during his early career. These include Ledoyen and Duquesnoy in Paris, and Hôtel Négresco in Nice; and with Paul Bocuse in Lyons and Troisgros in Roanne, as well as Hotel Picardy’s Le Touquet. He opened his first restaurant, Saveur, in London in 1991, earning a Michelin star. He also won the James Beard Chest Chef of the Southeast Award for his Joël Restaurant in Atlanta in 2005.
Antunes was lured to Little Rock 2013, when he took the helm of the Capital Hotel’s restaurants. During his tenure, the Capital Hotel revamped the former Ashley’s restaurant in 2014 into a more contemporary, modern restaurant – One Eleven at the Capital.