A five-star restaurant is scheduled for a grand opening on Friday, March 30, in downtown Van Buren.

Larry B’s Rhythm Room featuring Hazel’s Gourmet Chicken and Waffles will open to the public at 11 a.m. The private club is located at 719 Main St.

Hazel and Larry Bedell will offer “fine dining, music and dancing” at the former Oliver’s Kitchen location. Sister’s Gourmet Restaurant, which became the first business to obtain a private club license in Crawford County in 2007, was formerly at the location.

Larry B’s Rhythm Room will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It will be closed on Sunday and Monday.

Larry B and the Cradle Rockers will be performing during the grand opening weekend.

“There is a great transformation going on in downtown Van Buren and I am glad you are a part of it,” Mayor Bob Freeman said recently.

Larry Bedell said, “We believe our restaurant will bring people, culture and diversity to downtown.”

He also has said the downtown dining experience will generate more revenue for the community.

“It will be an honor to open up in this historical city of downtown Van Buren that will reach those beyond our city limits,” Bedell said. “We truly feel this is the time.”

The Rhythm Room will feature the many talents of well-known chef James “JT” Thomas.

Highlighting the menu will be Hazel’s southern deep-fried buttermilk chicken with a house-special waffle which can be topped with either pecans, coconuts, chocolate chips or bananas. The dish is complimented with a non-alcoholic rum butter and syrup or maple syrup.

The menu is loaded with other chicken dishes as well as fish, shrimp, steak, salads, linguine, fajitas, sandwiches, wraps and burgers. Desserts include Hazel’s Cadence, pecan sweet potato pie, lemon pound cake, Godiva chocolate creme brulee and Tiramisu.

“Our goal is to provide every guest an exceptional experience with great food, beverage, entertainment and atmosphere,” said Chef JT.

The Rhythm Room serves draft and bottled beer, mixed drinks and red and white wines.

Bedell said the five-star restaurant will be a great benefit to the fellow merchants on Main Street and beyond.

“My wife and I moved to Van Buren from Fort Smith a year ago and we are proud to be part of this great community,” he said.