Eat My Catfish closes Fayetteville location

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A Central Arkansas-based catfish restaurant chain has closed their Fayetteville location.

Eat My Catfish owners Travis and Jessica Hester announced on the company Facebook page recently that their location at 32 W. Joyce Blvd. in Fayetteville permanently closed on June 23.

According to the post, the owners are seeking a new location in Fayetteville and may reopen in the future.

“Our lease is up at this location, but it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later,” the post read. “After much thought, we have decided to begin the search for a new location that will better suit Eat My Catfish’s needs.”

The restaurant got its start in 2008 with founder Travis Hester cooking up catfish in a food trailer in Benton Arkansas. Since then, Hester expanded to open his first brick-and-mortar in 2012, and has grown to operate locations in Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton, Siloam Springs, and Rogers.

The menu focuses on fried catfish dishes, along with crab legs, boiled shrimp, crawfish, fried chicken, and po-boy sandwiches.

Hester said that the company’s food truck plans to make some appearances around Fayetteville this fall as they look for a new location.

“We love Fayetteville. It holds a dear place in our hearts, and we look forward to the excitement of our favorite time of the year—when we gather again to call the Hogs this football season,” the announcement post said. “In the meantime, rest assured. We will keep you updated while we work on our next steps, and, of course, we’ll keep calling the Hogs!”