Driving from Park Hill to Indian Hills, you’ve probably noticed the sign across the street from Roller Owens Funeral Home indicating the future site of Aydelotte’s at 5524 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Residents have been heard to call it “Ate-A-Lots” and “Idle-lots” among other things, prompting some to even stop at the construction site.
“Everybody’s asking how to pronounce it,” general manager Harvey Gardner says of the new venture by U.S. Pizza Company magnate Judy Waller.
The name is not the only thing piquing the interest of North Little Rock residents. General manager Mike Glaze says inquiring people have also stopped by U.S. Pizza Co.
“Lots of people are walking up to the register wanting to know about it,” says Glaze, who also manages one of the pizzerias. “People thought it would be a U.S. Pizza. It’s not.”
Striving for Fine Dining
Recognized by Arkansas Business in 1999 as one of the top 100 business women in the state, Waller consulted Gardner then decided to make the restaurant more than just an upscale pizzeria. Based on Waller’s mother’s maiden name, the correct pronunciation of Aydelotte’s will remain a mystery until the grand opening, along with the featured exotic dishes. Continue reading