Little Rock restauranteur Jerry Barakat says that he'll open a new upscale Japanese restaurant called Kemuri, at 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. by late July. The space was previously occupied by Ferneau and Rocket 21.
Arkansas Alehouse, a brewpub restaurant based in the new North Little Rock headquarters of Diamond Bear Brewing Co., is set to open as soon as next week. The restaurant will serve up European pub fare with a Southern twist, said general manager Matt Beachboard (previously of Big Orange) – savory snacks, sandwiches, soups, and indulgent desserts. “It’s all brewpub, beer-centric, and beer inspired food,” Beachboard said.
Not a huge surprise given their success among the downtown lunch crowd: Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken will open a second Little Rock location, offering its hyper-addictive fried chicken in West Little Rock at the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Grill on N. Bowman.
Jeremy and Jacquelyn Pittman, along with their partner/pizza mastermind, Georges Launet, will be bringing a brick and mortar location of Pizzeria Santa Lucia to Terry's in the Height. Here's what to expect.
The restaurateurs behind Local Lime have purchased Brownings and will replace it with a Tex-Mex restaurant, Heights Taco & Tamale Company. The group takes ownership of the space, 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd., on July 1, after which co-owner Scott McGehee said he expects around a three-month renovation, which would put opening around early October.
Great news for Little Rockers bracing for the heat and humidity coming our way: Le Pops will be offering up their "gourmet ice lollies" this summer at a new brick and mortar shop in the Heights. The 860-square-foot shop will be at 5501 Kavanaugh, next door to Eggshells Kitchen Co., with an opening targeted for June 1.
A new location of Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe will be coming to McCain Mall in North Little Rock in early Fall, the mall announced today. A press release says it'll be located next to the Regal McCain 12 movie theater, and will feature an outdoor patio.
Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream has leased 1,200 square feet in the new Arcade Building in the River Market, on the corner, on the corner of President Clinton Avenue and the pedestrian alley next to Ron Robinson Theatre. Kilwins, a chain with more than 80 stores across the United States, will offer up fresh chocolate, fudge, corns, caramel apples, brittle, shakes, sundaes, gourmet coffee, smoothies and specialty drinks. This is the first franchise location in Arkansas — they're typically in tourist spots, so it should fit right in at the River Market. Maybe a post-movie shake after catching a flick at Ron Robinson will be what the doctor ordered .
Jonathan Wilkins, the man behind the most delicious bar food Little Rock has ever seen, is cooking again. After leaving White Water Tavern last summer, Wilkins has resurfaced with Arkansas Fresh Bakery, a bakery out of Benton that largely supplies directly to restaurants, but has expansion plans on the horizon. Wilkins will begin selling Arkansas Fresh bread abd grilled sandwiches and snacks at the Argenta Farmers Market on Saturday.
Popular Benton-area food truck parlays its success into a brick and mortar location in one of Little Rock's highest profile neighborhoods. That sound you're hearing is the collective cheers of the Little Rock foodie community, who have hoped for this day for quite some time.
Glynda Tarpley, co-owner of EJ's Eats and Drinks at 523 Center Street, said that a second location of the restaurant will be coming to a space at 3604 Kavanaugh Blvd. this spring, hopefully in May or June.
Look for Cache to open officially on January 7th for both dinner and lunch. If the food can deliver a performance as impressive as the restaurant surrounding it, Little Rock is surely in for a spectacular downtown dining experience.
Props to Travis McConnell for successfully funding his Kickstarter for Butcher & Public. He raised $8,960, almost $1,000 more than his goal. We'll keep you posted on his progress in opening up the butcher shop/restaurant.
The tween-pop Elvis is coming to Verizon for what is guaranteed to be the most frenzied concert Little Rock sees all year. Now, the Biebs has gotten more than his fair share of criticism since his astronomical ascent from YouTube scrubbery to international megafame, but we're not interested in calling out the omnipresent young pup for his fortunes, deserved or otherwise.
Last week, Rep. Josh Miller, a Republican legislator from Heber Springs, spoke against the private option Medicaid expansion last week. He invoked FDR's New Deal — a "hand up," he said, not a "handout."
Pam Hobbs, mother of Steve Branch, one of three eight-year-olds killed in the 1993 West Memphis slayings that became the West Memphis 3 case, says new information unearthed in a new documentary, "West of Memphis," has persuaded her to call for the state of Arkansas to reopen the case.