Rogers planners to review Pinnacle Hills office building, Pleasant Grove restaurant

by Paul Gatling (pgatling@nwabj.com) 869 views 

A new Pinnacle Hills office building for upscale real estate firm Portfolio Luxury Real Estate is one of the agenda items to be considered Tuesday (April 18) at the next meeting of the Rogers Planning Commission.

A large-scale development plan has been submitted for a 15,525-square-foot mixed-use building at the intersection of West J.B. Hunt Drive and South Pinnacle Hills Parkway. The 1.02-acre lot is zoned R-O (residential office) and sits between the First National Bank of NWA and Dr. Nick DDS dental practice.

The proposed building is called Portfolio, according to planning commission documents. It includes offices on the first two floors, and four multifamily units on the third floor.

Portfolio Luxury Real Estate was founded in 2007 by Kristen Boozman — the oldest daughter of U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. — and specializes in listing upscale properties. The firm is in leased space about a mile north along the Parkway at 5409 Pinnacle Ponte Drive.

Also on the agenda is a 9,719-square-foot building at 2090 W. Pleasant Grove Road. The 1.5-acre lot is zoned C-2 (highway commercial) and sits between S. Todd Phelan DDS dental practice and Boomerang Carwash.

The project also has a Boozman connection. The large-scale plan was submitted by Robyn Brooks — daughter of the late Dr. Fay Boozman, the state’s former health director and brother of Sen. John Boozman — and her husband Michael.

The Brooks’ are planning to develop the site as a franchised location of Neighbor’s Mill Bakery & Café, a family-owned business based in Harrison and known for its wide assortment of breads baked on site from flour ground in its own 100-year-old grist mill.

The restaurant was founded by Mike and Karin Nabors and opened its first store in August 2000 in Harrison. A second location opened in January 2016 in Springfield, Mo. The Nabors’ daughter and son-in-law, Lauren and Clifton Brown, are the owner-operators there.

Robyn Brooks said the Rogers restaurant will also be a family affair, just with a different family. She and her sister, April Martindale, lived in Harrison last summer to train at the flagship Neighbor’s Mill restaurant. Blake Martindale, April’s husband and longtime restaurant manager at On The Border in Rogers, left the restaurant in January and is presently training at the Harrison store in advance of his new role of general manager of the Rogers restaurant.

“It’s been Blake’s dream for a long time to have a family restaurant,” Brooks said. “This has been a long process for us, but we’ve all just fallen in love with the [Nabors] family and their concept. We can’t wait to bring it to Rogers.”

Brooks said the Rogers location will also have its own grist mill, located in a glass-enclosed room inside the building so customers can see part of the bread-making process.

The restaurant is scheduled to open in October and will have about 40 employees. Store hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Legacy National Bank of Springdale is financing the project.

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