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10 things to know about One Eleven at the Capital

The new bar at One Eleven at the Capital. Photo by Arshia Khan

The new bar at One Eleven at the Capital. Photo by Arshia Khan

Local food media and marketing executives piled into the new One Eleven at the Capital hotel last night for a first look at the renovated space. Previously known as Ashley’s, the new restaurant now features a large bar area, stripped down decor and a revamped menu. The space will be open tonight for dinner, but before you scramble for a reservation, here’s what you should know:

1. The lobby bar is gorgeous. Though it serves One Eleven, the bar area faces the Capital Hotel’s lobby, allowing patrons to choose between one of the dozen barstools or taking cocktails out into the lounge seating in the lobby to enjoy. The bar itself features a stunning zinc bar top with tall glass shelves displaying the hotel’s hefty wine and spirit options.

2. The dining room is fresh, but not unrecognizable.  Designed by David Kleinberg & Associates in New York, the dining room has a younger, more relaxed vibe than those heavy drapes and pastels used to give off. Now, the area features hardwood floors, bare hardwood tables at lunch, brighter white trim and modern artwork along the walls. It’s … Read more >

Ashley’s to reopen as One Eleven

The space formerly known as Ashley's will now be One Eleven Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/ERIC HARRISON

The space formerly known as Ashley’s will now be One Eleven
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/ERIC HARRISON

Since closing for renovations in May, few details on the revamp of the restaurant formerly known as Ashley’s have gotten out.

But prepare for the foodie media onslaught. On Thursday, the new restaurant will open its doors for a preview event for food bloggers and other media. And you can bet everyone will be Tweeting, posting and Instagramming up a storm.

One thing we do know? The new restaurant has apparently been dubbed One Eleven at the Capital Hotel, an homage to the hotel’s address at 111 W. Markham. But since the opening is not quite official, there’s always time for that to change too.

What do you think? Does One Eleven work?… Read more >