Bentonville restaurant gets new owner, new name

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A familiar name in Benton County’s culinary scene has taken ownership of a familiar Bentonville restaurant.

Bentonville restaurateur Carl Garrett and his wife, Lindie, recently acquired The Station Café at 409 S.E. Sixth St. Garrett owns a restaurant group whose concepts include Table Mesa Bistro and Tavola Trattoria, both on the square in downtown Bentonville, and Mirabella’s Table in Rogers’ Pinnacle Hills area.

The new owners rebranded the new restaurant Table at the Station. They plan to expand the existing 1,150-square-foot building to include more seating and increased kitchen capacity. The menu has already been updated.

The real estate changed hands for $995,000. Lamplighter Restorations, a Bentonville real estate development firm, was the seller. Financing arranged through James Brookhart at Arvest Bank backed the acquisition. Financial terms for the sale of the business were not disclosed.

A group of investors headed up by Todd and Dana Renfrow of Bentonville previously owned the restaurant. Todd Renfrow is also the managing member of Lamplighter. Other owners of the restaurant were siblings of Renfrow and his wife: Dustin and Jamie Maestri, Craig and Karri Renfrow, Dierek and Dani Madison, Devon and Courtney Maestri.

They completed a deal in March 2018 to buy the restaurant — then on the Bentonville square — from Cecil Turner. The business closed in April 2018 and relocated later that summer to its existing location, a renovated residence at the corner of Southeast Sixth and D streets in Bentonville catty-corner from Austin-Baggett Park.

The restaurant is one block west of the Momentary, a new innovative arts venue in development near the 8th Street Market. It’s planned to open in February.