The owners of a downtown Rogers building that until recently was the home of Heirloom restaurant are planning a unique culinary concept for the space.
Sheila and Michael Reese bought the 113 S. Second St. property in March for $158,000, county records show, and in early 2017 the couple plans to open The Cooking Studio of Downtown Rogers.
Retired from the financial services industry, Sheila Reese has taught culinary classes through her company, Born2cook Inspired, since 2010.
Sheila Reese said in a statement: “This adorable, eclectic and intimate venue will be wonderful for any occasion – ranging from private celebrations, events or business meetings. As a culinary playground, this studio will also be a fun gathering place for seasonal lunch, Sunday brunch, prix fixe dinner and inspired recreational cooking classes.”
Reese said she always planned to open a cooking studio in the location, but not immediately.
“When we purchased the property it was our intention to eventually locate our cooking studio in the premises,” she said. “We did not expect it to happen this soon but are happy to be able to move forward with our dream. We love downtown Rogers and are excited about having a presence there.”
As to the fate of Heirloom restaurant, Reese said, “Heirloom was a wonderful experience and concept. We wish (chef/owner Jason Paul) all the best and hope he finds another project to which he can direct his considerable talents very soon.”
Heirloom occupied the space since it opened in 2011, although it closed this summer while the building owners performed “substantial” renovations to the property.
Paul could not be reached for comment in time for publication. However, he took to the restaurant’s Facebook page on Nov. 10 to announce the closing and address the restaurant’s future.
“We are actively pursuing all options and looking to move Heirloom into a new home as soon as possible. We never could have predicted this happening and frankly are closing busier than we have ever been,” Paul wrote. “The future is uncertain, but it is bright. We look forward to whatever comes next and can’t wait see you all there.”
Paul chose to vacate the property immediately, once he learned the lease would not be renewed in April.