When the seeds of my Breakfast in Arkansas project were still germinating, I was trying to figure out how I’d approach the disparity between the diners and the high class breakfast joints around town. While both serve morning meals, the difference in quality and price were considerable.
But how did Nancy Tesmer and Jeffrey Moore come up with the idea to start a breakfast-only restaurant in Central Arkansas?
Tesmer and fellow restaurateur Kathy Webb are already well known for Lilly’s Dim Sum Then Some, which occupies the next space on the shopping center strip. In fact, B-Side occupies the space that used to be Lilly’s party room. But why would Tesmer and chef Jeffrey Moore want to tackle a breakfast-only restaurant?
Grav Weldon and I went to B-Side late on a Sunday morning to grab breakfast and words with the pair that’s made this restaurant a success. He got his pancake fix on while I knoshed on my second favorite menu item, chicken and waffles.
“We get everyone in here,” Tesmer continued. “You’ll see men in business suits, and a guy in dreads at the next table. There’s no pattern here. Everyone comes in.”
So what’s in the eatery’s future?
“Seasonal specials,” Moore told us. “Breakfast food isn’t traditionally seasonal food. With colder weather, we’ll have more root vegetables, and more soups.”
“More for brunch. It’ll be something to warm up with.”
Tesmer and Moore have more ideas and projects coming up. If they’re half as successful with them as they’ve been with B-Side… we could find ourselves with even more dining options in Central Arkansas.
B-SIDE 11121 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. CC $$ (501) 554-0914 Wed.-Sun 8am-2pm.