A few years ago Joe and I were joking about starting another restaurant. We had both opened and operated many restaurants and resorts in the past and had thought that we were basically retired from the food industry. But I suppose it gets in your blood and before long we were looking for a quaint home in Eureka Springs that we could locate our restaurant in.
The house that Casa Colina occupies was built in the 1890's and is the only house ever to occupy Planner Hill, the street that takes you into downtown Eureka Springs. Known for the past half century as the "Johnson Place", this simple structure was built in the Vernacular Style by Benjamin Woodruff who owned and operated a saw and planing mill that was situated on top of the mountain.