Expanded offerings in prepared food and drink stand out in the new Whole Foods location in West Little Rock. Can you eat fresh barbecue and drink beer at your current grocery store? If not, you may want to check this place out.
Southern Gourmasian, the much beloved local food truck (often raved about on this blog and elsewhere in the Arkansas Times), is amid a crowdfunding campaign to raise $15,000 to cover the cost of building out and furnishing the dining room of a brick-and-mortar restaurant of the same name.
Heights Taco & Tamale Company, the new Tex-Mex restaurant from Yellow Rocket Concepts, the restaurant group behind Big Orange, Local Lime, Lost Fort Brewing and ZAZA, is planning to open February 2015. The restaurant is located at 5805 Kavanaugh Boulevard in the former home of Browning’s.
Potentially good news on the horizon for River Market-area pizza lovers and Central Arkansas's growing legion of beer fans: Little Rock's Damgoode Pies is moving into the space once occupied by Boscos at 500 President Clinton Ave, and the restaurant plans to brew its own beer on premises using the microbrewery equipment installed by the previous occupant.
Lost Forty, the much-anticipated brewery from Yellow Rocket Concepts and the people who brought you Big Orange, Local Lime and ZaZa, should open by mid-December with a grand opening to follow in the spring, according to co-owner Scott McGehee. Large scale brewing is scheduled to begin this week in Lost Forty's 19,000-square-feet space at 501 Byrd Street in the warehouse district east of Interstate 30. Meanwhile, McGehee is prepping the menu for Pint and Pantry, the brewery's tap room restaurant.
Three Fold Noodles and Dumpling Co., a new restaurant specializing in traditional Chinese food, is planning to open in downtown Little Rock in mid-December in the former home of Your Mama's Good Food, according to assistant manager and business development manager Rebecca Yan. The menu will include handmade dumplings, steamed buns and hand-stretched noodles. Service will cafeteria style, similar to Chipotle, where diners travel along a line and pick a base, a protein, a spice-level and among various sides of vegetables — likely including taro chips, pickles and slaw — that will change with the seasons.
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.
Indiana Wesleyan University says it is "aware" of plagiarism allegation against Little Rock School Superintendent Dexter Suggs and takes it "seriously." Does that mean an investigation is underway? They won't say.