Let's start off by clearing the air on one piece of business. One of those annoying listicle sites has put out that the Ohio Club is the oldest restaurant in the state and serves the state's oldest burger. That's just not true. The Ohio Club started off as a nightclub/gambling house and eventually evolved into a restaurant. It has a great place in history, but not as Arkansas's first burger joint. That's crazy talk.
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The gaming continued long after it became illegal... all the way to 1967. Everyone knew it. The Ohio Club even had an ad in the yellow pages, letting people know they could call any time for
Current man-in-charge Mike Petty has made sure the place retains its charm. Some things have come and some things
But some things do change. Like the carpeting upstairs, which goes out in January 2016 for replacement since it's not even close to original for the joint.
Grav says it's a good burger, and it may be the best burger in Hot Springs.
Our waiter did let us in on some of the secret menu items, particularly the 16 Slice BLT. There's also a joke on the menu, a Fried
I'll have to get back sometime to show a photo of the fantastic Reuben. Didn't have a working camera or cell phone on me last time I went.
The atmosphere inside, though, makes the restaurant. For those imbibing, the bar area is gorgeously set with plenty of backlighting and a huge mirror. For those dining, the upstairs lair and stage are prime, and there's a gorgeous roulette-wheel-come-table you can choose to share with friends and bench seating overlooking the bar below.
There's music here, too -- piped in blends of swing, big band and rockabilly during the day and live music seven nights of the week. The restaurant opens every day at 11 a.m. and closed at two in the morning except on Sunday, when the lights are turned off at midnight.
check out the website.
|Even if you don't have time to eat a burger, catch a photo op here in front of the restaurant and|
get your picture taken with a lifesize statue of Al Capone.