Eugenia’s Steakhouse opens in Conway | Business

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After three years of planning and construction, Eugenia’s Steakhouse opened to a cheering crowd on Thursday morning.

Conway’s newest restaurant, located at 1652 Church St., is on the same corner as McAlister’s Deli. Together they are called Celebration Square.

“I hope it’s a place we can all enjoy,” owner Keith Benton said just before his nonagenarian mother, Eugenia Benton, after whom the restaurant is named, cut a ribbon officially opening the new steakhouse.

Benton said his mother’s presence for the occasion touched his heart.

“It’s just a good thing,” he said.

The restaurant will serve chicken, steaks, shrimp, salmon, assorted entrees, sandwiches, Sunday lunch and a breakfast buffet. There is a bakery inside the restaurant. Take-out meals are also available.

Manager Tony Anderson expects the breakfast buffet to start in about two weeks.

Anderson began his restaurant career at Shoney’s in Conway. He recently worked at LongHorn Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach, but said he was happy to be back in Conway.

The restaurant is decorated with scenes of Conway painted by Tommy Simpson, who created several murals of the city.

Eugenia’s art includes the Main Street Bridge, Town Clock, Water Tower, Steam Plant and Visitor Center. It also features a painting of classic automobiles and moss-laden trees along Main Street.

The restaurant is open Sunday to Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bakery is open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Anderson said the restaurant would not serve alcohol.

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