We have seen a lot of trends come and go in the local food scene, but there has always been a need for quality event venues in the area. That is exactly what longtime industry veteran Sarah (Burrow) Bolanos is looking to set her eyes on next. Bolanos opened and managed La Terraza and oversaw the transition at the historic Graffiti’s restaurant from the long time owners to the current ownership.
Now she is leaving those positions to turn her focus to building Cedar Burrow, which will be an event and entertainment venue located just outside of Little Rock in the Northwestern Grant county town of Tull.
“I have always enjoyed event and party planning as well as the overall hospitality industry,” Bolanos says. “This is a chance to start something unique that I think can be a signature venue for central Arkansas.”
Cedar Burrow’s name comes from the cedar trees that will surround the venue and her family name of Burrow, which has owned the property that it will be located on for generations. Joining Bolanos will be members of her Burrow family including her brother Blake Burrow.
They plan to make good use of the 50 acre family property by building an all inclusive event venue complete with event space, full service kitchen, dining, lodging, and entertainment space.
“As we are planning the space we are trying to put in the little personal touches that will make this special,” Bolanos says. “So not only will we have a full bridal space with full bathrooms, we are doing the same for the grooms as well as giving them entertainment. It will have a full groomsman suite with activities, bar, and other space they can use before and after the wedding. We are also planning a private dining room for the bride and groom to enjoy a quick meal before the reception, because we know too many couples who never had the chance to eat or even see each other much after their wedding.”
Outside of weddings, Cedar Burrow plans to offer frequent special events, host dinners, getaways, family gatherings and more.
The other thing that will make Cedar Burrow unique is the all inclusive approach. Bolanos says she is working with a local chef to curate a signature menu, but full service catering will be available to accommodate any requests with their full commercial kitchen. They also plan to work with a local baker to provide wedding cake and pastry options. They are also open to allow other chefs and bakers to provide service to the facility and even utilize their on site kitchen space.
Even though the location is roughly 40 minutes outside of Little Rock, they plan to serve the area well with on location lodging as well as shuttle service options from Little Rock to the venue.
The target opening is Spring 2023 for the first phase, which will include the main event venue, followed by additional lodging and activity options shortly after. You can keep up with the progress on their facebook page.