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Cookin' up a storm.

The company that constructed the kitchen featured on the television show "Hell's Kitchen" and has worked with Tyler Florence of The Food Network will soon open a store in Hot Springs.

Diane Surfas, who co-owns Surfas Kitchen Supply in Culver City, Calif., said she and her husband, Les Surfas, are planning to open a store with at least 10,000 SF of retail space in an old building on Ouachita Avenue they are renovating at a cost of about $2 million. Taylor/Kempkes of Hot Springs, the architects behind the renovation of the Quapaw Bathhouse's renovation, are handling the project.

The California store does $20 million a year in business. The Surfas' second store will be named Culinary District and will specialize in commercial and hard-to-find cooking equipment and ingredients, following the lead of their store on the left coast, Diane said. The store in California carries more than 12,000 pieces of cooking equipment and various ingredients, including more than 50 types of cooking knives and 30 different flours.

"It'll be very different from anything in Hot Springs and Arkansas," Diane said.

The Surfases aren't going to impose California cooking on Arkansans, though, said Diane, who was born in Little Rock and grew up in Hot Springs.

"We want to use many of these wonderful products, but in regional cooking," she said.

One example: Apparently, fennel pollen tastes great on crappie. Visit the store's Web site at www.surfasonline. com. The Surfases, who are retiring to Hot Springs, plan to open the store by summer's end.
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Title Annotation:Whispers; Surfas Kitchen Supply plans to open store in California
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Jun 9, 2008
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