Monthly Archives: March 2015

Keep an eye on Bentonville: Matthew Cooper to Belfry, RopeSwing makes moves

This 111-year-old restaurant in Bentonville is the future home of restaurant The Belfry

This 111-year-old restaurant in Bentonville is the future home of restaurant The Belfry

We’ve been keeping an eye on chef Matthew Cooper since he announced his departure from Little Rock’s Cache back in December.

It seems Cooper has found a home, but unfortunately for Little Rock diners, it’s not in central Arkansas. Cooper has joined RopeSwing hospitality group’s new restaurant the Belfry as executive chef. The restaurant, located in a 111-year-old church in downtown Bentonville, is set to open this summer and will focus on contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients.

The Belfry will also include a basement lounge, the Old 71, that will feature late night drinks and bites. A rooftop lounge at the Belfry is planned as well.

RopeSwing bills itself as a boutique hospitality company that, in addition to the Belfry, is in the midst of purchasing Bentonville’s Pressroom restaurant and moving it to a new location. The hospitality group has brought on notable Seattle chef Michael Robertshaw to run the kitchen at The Pressroom.

The restaurants are part of a growing emphasis on the Bentonville dining scene and Ozarks cuisine, which lately has been receiving national attention from outlets like Eater. A … Read more >