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Fatal fire claims life of Don Quixote Chef

Friday, November 11, 2011

The future of a Calico Rock institution - Don Quixote's Restaurant - is uncertain, following the death of Tommy Tomlinson, its co-owner and chef.

Tomlinson, 43, died in an early morning fire on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at his home on Boyle Road in Pineville.

Firefighters found the home, a double-wide mobile home, burning out of control when they arrived shortly after 2 a-m.

Because of the intensity of the fire, Tomlinson's body was not found immediately, and family and friends who gathered at the scene had hoped that he was at the restaurant or staying elsewhere for the night.

Tomlinson's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office to determine the cause of death.

Arkansas State Police investigators joined the Pineville Fire Department for much of the day, investigating the fire. A cause was not readily apparent, as the home was burned to the ground.

On Nov. 1, signs posted at Don Quixote's Restaurant and the Calico Rock Visitors Center, Museum and Artisan Cooperative, across the street, indicated they were closed because of Tomlinson's death.

Tommy Tomlinson was known as a creative, dedicated chef, who worked to make his restaurant a unique, inviting reason to visit Calico Rock.

He was cited in restaurant reviews for his diverse menu offerings, and gained notoriety for his offer to "cook your catch."

Tomlinson was always ready to prepare trout for anglers who pulled them from the nearby White River.

A sign on the restaurant door says, "Due to a family emergency, Don Quixote's is closed until further notice."

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That is sad and tragic. My prayers for the family.

-- Posted by conventional1 on Tue, Nov 15, 2011, at 10:13 AM

Tommy was awesome! Blessings for the family and friends. He will be greatly missed...

-- Posted by Bigozarkhill on Wed, Nov 16, 2011, at 9:00 AM

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