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Episode 19: Hannah Withers discusses Bread, Cocktails, Fried Cauliflower, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Fayetteville

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On this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Hannah Withers.  Hannah along with her husband Ben Gitchel are the owners of Maxine’s Tap Room and the Leverett Lounge both in Fayetteville.  Hannah has been working in a food-retail environment since she was thirteen years of age. Those valuable experiences coupled with her husband’s time as a Saucier has brought them to the place we find them today. Maxine’s Tap Room was just named one of the best bars in America by Esquire Magazine and Leverett Lounge is a culinary experience to behold.

Hear how Hannah and Ben started the Little Bread Company one of their first businesses in Eureka Springs and how they brought it to Fayetteville during the economic downturn of 2008, persevered and built the business up, and eventually sold it to some of the employees.  

Not to be outdone by the success of the Little Bread Company, Hannah and Ben were introduced to Maxine’s niece, and the rest, as they say, is history.  Next up came the Leverett Lounge which originally started as a Laundromat and Sliders establishment but eventually became one of the most popular neighborhood restaurants in all of Fayetteville, the Leverett Lounge.  

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Website for Maxine’s Tap Room

Website for Leverett Lounge

Website for Little Bread Company

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