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Episode 176: Chef Matt Cooper and Conifer Are Planting The Seeds of Community With a Gluten-Free Restaurant In Downtown Bentonville

About the Show:

Chef Matt Cooper is a friend of the podcast and one of the finest Chefs in Northwest Arkansas, if not the United States. We originally featured him on episode 28 of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast discussing his return to Northwest Arkansas and the inspiration behind his original restaurant here, The Preachers Son. 

Fast forward a couple of years, and with everything going on in the world, Chef Matt has decided to open another restaurant in Downtown Bentonville.  

Enter Conifer, which has Chef Matt’s thumbprint all over it, from the expansive open kitchen to the Wood Burning stove to the restaurant’s overall feel that blurs the line between outside and inside. He has not left any stone unturned.  Chef Matt and Conifer provide one of the most eclectic gluten-free Farm to Table dining options in Northwest Arkansas. 

Located in one of the newest downtown Bentonville urban dwellings, Conifer is right on the Greenway trail system and is just a stone’s throw from Bentonville Square. The restaurant will be open for dinner only Tuesday thru Saturday. 

When you visit Conifer and Chef Matt Cooper, you are in for a treat.  Be sure to tell him that the good folks over at I am Northwest Arkansas sent you!

All this and more on this episode of the I am Northwest Arkansas podcast.

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*

Email Matthew Cooper, Chef

Email Downtown Bentonville Inc.

Website for Downtown Bentonville Inc.

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Downtown Bentonville Inc. on LinkedIn

Website for AY Magazine

Conifer Restaurant on Instagram

The Howard East Central, located at 321 Southeast 2nd Street, Bentonville, AR 72712


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