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One Eleven at the Capital, Bentonville’s Chef Matt McClure James Beard Award Semifinalists

Marc Guizol, executive sous chef, plates a dish at One Eleven at the Capital

Marc Guizol, executive sous chef, plates a dish at One Eleven at the Capital

Both central and Northwest Arkansas are represented in the list of semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards that was released Wednesday.

Little Rock’s One Eleven at the Capital, located in the Capital Hotel, is a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant while Chef Matthew McClure of The Hive in Bentonville is a semifinalist for Best Chef: South. McClure was named as a semifinalist in the same category last year.

One Eleven at the Capital, formerly known as Ashley’s, opened in 2014 after a complete dining room makeover. Executive Chef Joel Antunes joined the team in early 2013 and has been building a team of international talent behind-the-scenes ever since. For more on the team behind the nomination for One Eleven, be sure to pick up this week’s copy of Sync Weekly or click here for our look into the kitchen.

Not familiar with the James Beard Foundation awards? Think of it as the Oscars of the food industry. The semifinalists are chosen in 21 categories from more than 34,000 online entries. Finalists are chosen from a panel of more than 600 judges including restaurant … Read more >

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 >