Cafe Brunelle, a coffeehouse venture of UAMS’ Dr. Ali Krisht and his brother, Abbas Krisht, could open around the first of next year in the Promenade at Chenal, though a firm date is still up in the air.

Mariam Krisht, Abbas Krisht’s daughter, said Cafe Brunelle will serve fine coffees, sandwiches and salads in a comfortable setting; she hopes it will be a popular gathering place where folks linger and talk. She said the family has already met with local suppliers so that its light meals will feature as much fresh local produce as possible. The cafe will have a spot just off the main roundabout by Lululemon, a yoga apparel store expected to open soon.