ROTC Grill to close after 44 years in Fayetteville

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A longtime restaurant and Fayetteville staple will close its doors this month.

Restaurant on the Corner Grill, or ROTC as it is affectionately known in Fayetteville, is set to close for good on Wednesday, May 31 after over 40 years in business.

The restaurant, well known for its laid-back, casual atmosphere, and food including burgers, sandwiches, nachos, pizzas and, of course, weekend brunch, got its start on Dickson Street in 1973.

ROTC merged with another Dickson Street staple, The Grill, and moved to its current location that was once home to The Hush Puppy, at 3582 AR Highway 112 in 1997.

The restaurant suffered from a fire in 2009, and was rebuilt largely with help from community members who pitched in and donated time and effort to clean the smoke damaged interior.

Owner TL Nelms’ wife, Mary Nelms announced the closure on Facebook this week.

It’s official, R.O.T.C. Grill is closing May 31st. Hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Stop by & get your ROTC fix! Thanks to all who have patronized ROTC all these years. It’s not goodbye, it’s just, see y’all around.

The good news is that leaves time for folks to get one last Corner Melt, French Dip or Eggs Benedict (or whatever your favorite dish is) before the restaurant closes.

The plan is to also leave the bar area on the south side of the building open through the end of June, so there’s time for a few more happy hours.

Thank for the memories, ROTC. See y’all around, indeed.