1620 Savoy is open in the space formerly occupied by Restaurant 1620, the elegant 25-year old fine dining establishment at 1620 Market St., Little Rock, which closed June 30.
The new restaurant -- which draws its inspiration from the Savoy Ballroom, a popular dance and music venue in Harlem in the 1930s that featured a teenage singer named Ella Fitzgerald -- has been completely transformed.
Viewed at a preview event earlier this week, it has a formal Art Deco-style room for fine dining, a marble dance floor, walls adorned with framed 1930s-style posters and photographs, and a gorgeous illuminated bar with zebra striped carpeting and intimate clusters of seating.
The fine dining room flows into a casual clublike dining space with its own bar and flatscreen TVs that leads to a serene outdoor seating area with a burbling water/fire pit feature and jazzy murals painted by Ron Logan on its walls, which effectively shut out the clamor of Market Street and nearby Rodney Parham Road.
An inventive menu (of manageable size) served in both the formal and casual areas offers small plates such as delicious ricotta gnocchi, $8, salads including beet and goat cheese, $8, and lobster salad, $12, and 14 main courses, among them an exceptional citrus-tinged Dover sole, $48, maple-glazed duck Savoy, $22, rack of lamb, $32, and miso-glazed Tasmanian salmon, $21.
The casual area also has a bar menu with selections priced at $12 and under.
The restaurant's new owners include Payne Harding, son of Rush Harding, CEO of Little Rock investment banking firm Crews & Associates, chef Tim Morton, nephew of Evette Brady, who owned the restaurant since 1991, and Rick Qualls, who managed 1620 for Brady.
It's open 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Hours are subject to change, so you might want to call before going -- (501) 221-1620.