June 3, 2009 Edition

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Bill Wilcoxson of Walnut Ridge makes a salad on Monday at the new Captain Catfish location in the former Moore Brothers building on Main Street. The building has undergone extensive remodeling and has a large dining area, as well as two private meeting rooms.

Businesses relocate to Main Street

Henryetta Tyler (right), owner of Flair Gift Shop, shows an item to Shirley Turbyeville of Walnut Ridge. The gift shop recently moved to the former Moore Brothers building, located on Main Street in Walnut Ridge.
Gretchen Hunt

Two Walnut Ridge businesses, Captain Catfish and Flair Gift Shop, recently made the move to Main Street.

Captain Catfish, which was previously located in the Plaza Center on Highway 67B North, has been in business since 1993. Owners Larry and Debbie Thatcher were able to purchase the former Moore Brothers building, and opened for business in their new location on Monday.

Larry said at this time they have added 20 more seats, with plenty of room to add more if needed. The newly remodeled building features a large dining area and two private meeting rooms that can be reserved. The larger of the two will seat approximately 100, according to Debbie.

In addition, the kitchen is approximately three times larger than the kitchen at the previous location. The restaurant has also added a char-broiler to cook steaks.

Work continued throughout the weekend to make final preparations for the opening.

"I think we left here about 1 o'clock in the morning," Larry said.

Now that the major work is done, the remaining small projects will be completed soon. Debbie said they plan to display portraits taken by local photographers in the dining areas, and also hope to decorate one wall in support of area schools. She invites the schools to bring by a picture of their mascot or something they would like to be displayed.

"We thank our customers for their patience as we make this transition," Debbie said. "We are pleased with the new building, and we hope others will find it appealing as well."

In addition to the restaurant, the building renovations also created a storefront, which has been rented to Flair Gift Shop. The store, owned by Henryetta Tyler, was also previously located in the Plaza Center.

Tyler said she has added La-Tee-Da! lamps and fragrances, along with the home décor, jewelry, purses and gourmet coffee she offers.

"The Kona Cloud coffee from Hawaii is a favorite," Tyler said.

Tyler also does screen printing and personalized embroidery.

Both businesses plan to do a grand opening at a later date.

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