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Mule Kick to open second location in El Dorado Murphy Arts District

by Special to the Banner-News | July 1, 2021 at 3:56 p.m.
A rendering of the [email protected] sign at what was formerly the Griffin Restaurant. Mulekick owner Christy Ouei announced Thursday that she would open a new location of the Magnolia-based restaurant in El Dorado. (Contributed)

Magnolia, Arkansas’ award-winning restaurant, MuleKick, announced Thursday their plans to open an El Dorado location in the Murphy Arts District.

The restaurant will take over the previously named Griffin Restaurant, located in a historical 1920s automotive building, which closed its doors in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

[email protected] will open for business in fall 2021.

“We would like to thank our loyal Griffin patrons who supported us throughout our journey. Now more than ever, we would encourage you to extend your support to [email protected] as they take the lead on all things food and beverage at MAD,” said Pam Griffin, MAD president and CEO.

MuleKick is known and highly praised for their pizza, wings and locally-sourced craft beer selection.

Visitors can look forward to live music several times a week, trivia nights and more. MuleKick visionaries Christy Ouei and Burt Adams said they are looking forward to expanding their flagship location to include seasonal entrees, unique appetizers and Sunday brunch.

“The goal in working with MAD is to pair our vision for a strong workplace culture with the mission of MAD to improve the quality of life for all of south Arkansas,” said MuleKick owner Christy Ouei.

A job fair will be held July 16 and 17 at MAD. [email protected] will be seeking servers, concessionaires, hosted events staff, kitchen staff and bartenders.

More details on the application and interview process will be announced online.

“Our restaurant is fun, fast-paced and friendly. We pride ourselves on the customer experience by providing the best customer service possible. Our team members will have extensive training opportunities to prep for the fall opening as well as upcoming live events,” stated Ouei.

[email protected] has extensive plans to remodel the former Griffin Restaurant into a more “laid-back, hip space” including fire pits outside along Locust Street and expanding the interior to allow for more seating and private dining options.

“We hope to be a part of the new era of food and beverage in El Dorado and are looking forward to building new relationships within the community,” said Ouei.

To follow the journey, visit www.mulekickatmad.com.

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