Iconic Hot Springs Italian Restaurant Closes

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (News release) - Belle Arti Italian Restaurant, known as an icon in the downtown Hot Springs community, retired on Sunday, January 14, 2018.

The 17 1/2 years, Belle Arti has operated under the direction of Chef Jo and his wife Penny and has welcomed thousands of patrons.

The Porterhouse Restaurant, located at 707 Central Avenue in Hot Springs is also owned by the Gargano's and will continue to operate and incorporate some of Belle Arti's signature menu items as a tribute to Belle Arti.

Catering services and private banquet rooms will continue through The Porterhouse Restaurant. The Belle Arti staff will transition to The Porterhouse Restaurant for continued employment.

"Belle Arti brought our family to Hot Springs, AR. It is where our children grew up, learned the value of hard work and aspired into fine young men. Belle Arti is where our patrons became our friends and these friends became our family. We thank the community as a whole for the support and love we received and embraced throughout the years. We look forward to seeing you at The Porterhouse." - Chef Jo & Penny Gargano

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