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story.lead_photo.caption John Daly's, a steakhouse concept featuring memorabilia from the professional golfer of the same name, is pictured in this rendering. The restaurant is set to open its first location next year at 912 Front St. in downtown Conway. - Photo by CONWAY DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP/TAGGART ARCHITECTS
John Daly's in downtown Conway, pictured in this rendering, will feature a bar with signature drinks when it opens in 2016.

A steakhouse bearing the name of a professional golfer with Arkansas roots is set to be part of a downtown Conway building's revival.

John Daly's, a new 5,000-square-foot restaurant featuring memorabilia and signature menu items from the PGA Tour golfer of the same name, will be on the first floor of a building at 912 Front St., project CEO Sam McFadin said.

"It's going to resemble John's ideas and what he envisioned as a steakhouse," McFadin said, adding that Daly's steak recipe and the John Daly, a drink described as "lemon sweet tea with a kick," will be on the menu.

McFadin said the restaurant will display Daly's accolades on rotation at times during the year. Daly will also make five appearances each year at the Conway restaurant, which is scheduled to open next year, McFadin said.

The flagship Conway location is considered the launch of multiple restaurants, McFadin said. Ten locations in five years is the plan, he said, adding that developers are looking at Dickson Street in Fayetteville as their next location.

Daly was born in Carmichael, Calif., though he developed Arkansas ties when he lived in Dardanelle during a portion of his childhood and in Fayetteville as a college student at the University of Arkansas.

The Lofts at 912, occupying a total of 2,500 square feet on the building's second floor, will feature up to four fully furnished executive suites, according to developers.

McFadin, also part of the team behind the loft project, said the lofts will have an outdoor patio space above the restaurant.

Conway Downtown Partnership Director Kim Williams said of the project: "It will really transform the street. We've been looking for something like this for a long time."

Leaders behind the steakhouse and lofts said construction on the estimated $1.5 million project will likely start in the next 45 days with completion by late spring or early summer.

The downtown Conway building, which was granted a reprieve by the city in late 2011, was initially condemned when cracks in a leaning wall were found.

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  • Delta2
    October 15, 2015 at 5:08 p.m.

    I have to hand it to Conway for pulling this coup before NW Ark could get its hands on it. A John Daly restaurant in a dry (damp) county? Who'd have known?

  • RBBrittain
    October 15, 2015 at 11:18 p.m.

    @Delta2: This only further proves the hypocrisy of this state's "private club" laws. It's way past time to pull the plug on Conway County liquor stores, once the prime source of Marlin Hawkins' slush funds (and the biggest contributors against both the failed Faulkner County wet-dry petition AND the statewide "all-wet" amendment that voters wrongly rejected).

  • MaxCady
    October 16, 2015 at 9:04 a.m.

    Will all the waiters wear Loudmouth pants??

  • rarebird
    October 16, 2015 at 12:48 p.m.

    NWest Ar will get one before Little Rock knows what is happening. Shame!!

  • RaylanGivens
    October 16, 2015 at 7:31 p.m.

    I figured the name as Fat Boy's Marlboro Man Steakhouse. They have to pay homage to peanut M&M's, Diet Coke, and Marlboro's for him; now figuring out how to add a casino would be a slam dunk.

  • MaxCady
    October 16, 2015 at 9:28 p.m.

    What, no Miller Lite??!!

  • MaxCady
    October 16, 2015 at 9:33 p.m.

    The hypocrisy of this town and state is mind boggling. We do actually have 2 casinos in this state. I've been to the "gaming" facility in Hot Springs. The only thing they don't have is live craps. It's laughable to think that that's not a casino.

  • paxralph
    October 17, 2015 at 9:54 p.m.

    Yes, lets all support a drunken gambling addict that has been nothing but an embarrassment to this state and a rotten role model for our youth.