Hillcrest Neighborhood in Little Rock now leisure district

“To get this off the ground, it’s just the beginning of something that we hope is very special.”

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There is officially another entertainment district in Little Rock! This time in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood.

Many in this area have been waiting for an entertainment district.

Steve Shuler, Hillcrest Merchant Association liaison officer, said after seeing the success of Argenta’s district in connection with what COVID-19 has done to companies down there, this is exactly the excitement many needed.

“To get this off the ground it’s just the beginning of something that we hope is very special,” he said.

It may seem like a typical “first Thursday” in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood, but if you look closely, Shuler said something new is taking over the streets.

“This is your night. There really is no more excuse, get out here, get something and go around the neighborhood, just see what Hillcrest is about,” he said.

The neighborhood is now officially an entertainment district.

This means that you can go to one of the restaurants and bars, have a drink, and keep walking down the street while you shop.

According to Shuler, as long as you have the required mug and bracelet, you’re ready to roll.

“We’ll have signs saying ‘No alcohol at this point’ so it’s pretty clear how far you can go,” he said.

The district runs along five blocks of Kavanaugh between Monroe and Walnut St. and parts of Palm and Beechwood.

Businesses along this route hope this will bring more traffic to the neighborhoods they love.

“I think that will help us because in this moment more people are feeling comfortable outside and we can get everyone to safety,” said Armando Bolanos, La Terraza Rum and Lounge owner.

“First Thursday is something that has been going on for years, and now we can take it to another level and make the people in the community fun to look forward to,” said Max Oliver, Hill Station manager.

With the fun, Shuler says, comes with the goal of getting those shops and restaurants along the street up at a time when they need it most.

“Hillcrest is working on how special it is to the companies we have here,” he said.

It’s important to note that this is technically a temporary entertainment district, so the neighborhood will need to reapply every three months.

The entertainment district is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The next one will be on the “first Thursday” in March.