Southern-style diner led by Donnie Ferneau, Kelli Marks to join East Village

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (November 2, 2017) — Revitalization in Little Rock’s East Village continues with the addition of Cathead’s Diner in the Paint Factory – set to open in early 2018.

Led by executive chef/partner Donnie Ferneau and executive pastry chef/partner Kelli Marks, the diner will emphasize Southern-style comfort foods as part of its breakfast, brunch, lunch, and pastry and dessert menus. 

Approximately 20 to 25 jobs will be available, and interested applicants should send resumes to catheadsdiner@gmail.com. Positions include servers, food runners, host/hostess, bussers, dishwasher, as well as line and prep cooks and sous chefs.

The 4,075-square-foot restaurant, located at 515 Shall Ave., will seat 90 guests indoors and 30 on the patio. A chef’s table and private party room will accommodate about 100 guests, making it an ideal space for business gatherings, birthday parties and other events. Cathead’s is part of the Paint Factory, a mixed-use development overseen by Cromwell Architects Engineers that will be home to Cromwell’s new headquarters as well as retail space and 12 Star Flats loft apartments.

“For us, this was a fairly natural progression,” Marks explained. “We’ve been friends for years, and we’ve worked together off and on throughout different projects we’ve been associated with.”

“I think we’re both experts in our field, and coming together just made sense. We’re both at a point in our careers where we need to be working on something bigger than we’ve done in the past,” added Ferneau.

Ferneau, who recently competed on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” is a critically acclaimed, nationally recognized, award-winning chef. He trained several currently well-known chefs in Little Rock before venturing out on his own with the well-known Ferneau in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Currently, he is focused on catering and private chef events while Cathead’s Diner is in the works. In addition to Food Network and Cooking Channel, Ferneau has also been featured in national cookbooks and magazines such as Wine Spectator. Outside of the kitchen, he is involved with many local charities and is especially passionate about causes that benefit children, including Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Marks opened Sweet Love in January of 2012 with the idea that treats can feed a sweet tooth as well as the soul. After four years as a brick-and-mortar store, she moved Sweet Love to a catering company, where she continues to offer wedding cakes; Marks estimates she has designed more than 400 wedding cakes during her career. Her creations have been featured in local and national publications alike such as Southern Living, Southern Bride, Eat Smarter, Soirée, Inviting Arkansas, Weddings in Arkansas and Arkansas Bride.

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