PETIT JEAN MOUNTAIN, Ark. (Oct. 16, 2007) — There’s a new grill in town.
River Rock Grill, located at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, opened to the public October 9. Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.
The Grill menu includes a variety of appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and entrées, a dessert of the day, and blended coffee drinks. The menu will expand in May 2008.
When looking out the windows of the restaurant, guests can see how River Rock Grill got its name.
Outside the restaurant is the River Rock water feature, a 310-foot representation of how the Arkansas River and its tributary, the Petit Jean River, flow around Petit Jean Mountain. Architect Liz Frazier developed the design.
“It seemed fitting to create a space that paid tribute to the Arkansas River and the mountain Governor Winthrop Rockefeller loved so well,” Frazier said. “The unintended symbolism of the river and Petit Jean Mountain reflects Governor Rockefeller’s vision for the state of Arkansas.
“After the waters flow under the road and seemingly end at a river bend, the flow symbolically continues as a meandering walkway into a better future for our state.”
The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute’s primary purpose is to conduct programs that nurture ideas, policies and activities that make life better for Arkansans. It accomplishes this by offering a variety of workshops, seminars, public lectures, conferences and special events. Program areas include the arts, culinary arts, public affairs, language instruction, the natural environment, cattle management, archeology, heritage, and health and wellness.