City Park outdoor restaurant set to open soon in Fayetteville

The view of the new City Park restaurant from the Razorback Greenway trail (Flyer photo)

A new restaurant from the folks behind Feed and Folly will soon open its doors right on the trail system (if it had doors to open).

All signs are pointing toward the fully-outdoor restaurant, called City Park and located in the former AT&T truck station at 1332 N. Leverett Ave., being very close to making its debut.

Local sign painter Eric Snodgrass was spotted painting new signage visible from the trail side of the restaurant this week, and progress is being made daily on the two covered outdoor seating areas on the property that will serve the new establishment.

Owner Lewis Chase told us City Park will open in two phases, with the first phase including the covered seating, a container bar offering adult and other beverages, along with food offerings including street tacos, smash burgers, barbecue, salad bowls, breakfast, coffee, and appetizers for hungry folks who have worked up an appetite walking or biking the nearby Razorback Greenway trail.

View of the restaurant from Leverett Avenue. (Flyer photo/Todd Gill)

The second phase of the restaurant that is currently under design and development will include a yard area filled with games and additional seating, and a new connection to the trail over the adjacent Scull Creek.

The restaurant also has its social media presence set up, and the first couple posts on their newly established Instagram account outline some information about their plans, the reasons for the name, and more. There’s also some info about the name on their website, which is a nod to “City Park,” the original name for beloved Wilson Park in Fayetteville.

From the website:

In 1908, an anonymous writer going by the name “City Park Poet” penned a tribute to the natural beauty of this new addition to Fayetteville. In the poem “Athens of Arkansas,” the author tells the audience that

“By being more friendly with Nature and Art,” we “have added to town a beautiful park” and: 

To sum it all up – to come to the test, 

There’s but one addition that we can call best, 

The one by Mt. Nord through Englewood shade, 

The place of all places that Nature has made, 

The place she has made and sealed with her mark 

The beautiful place we call CITY PARK.

If all goes well, City Park will be open with its first phase of amenities sometime before UA graduation on May 13, Chase said.