COVID-19 has claimed two more Central Arkansas restaurants.
Hidden Valley Catfish House in Conway and Zeteo Coffee in Little Rock have announced that they will be permanently closing. The two businesses made the announcements over the weekend on social media.
The Hidden Valley Catfish House owners said that the buffet model of the restaurant was impractical during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, the restaurant would likely not survive. “I have taken a lot of pride in owning HV for the last few years, we were packed on the weekends and the future was bright. As a buffet, we will not survive the Corona Pandemic, Buffets are and will be a dinosaur in the restaurant industry and that’s just the way it is,” the post reads.
Zeteo Coffee will be closing its River Market location In Little Rock. However, its Conway location will remain open.
According to owners Jon and Trina Mitchell, the Little Rock was closed earlier in the pandemic in an effort to conserve the business’ resources, and they have decided to permanently shut down. The Little Rock store’s landlords reportedly allowed the owners out of their lease.
“We believe that this is a opportunity for us to pivot and that it will allow us to refocus our attention to our original Conway store and make some exciting improvements and upgrades to what we offer our customers and staff there. We have several exciting things in the works that we are eagerly anticipating being able to announce in Conway,” the Mitchells said in the post.