Restaurateur Jerry Barakat has moved Gaucho's from 11 Shackleford Drive to its original location at 3 Rahling Circle and is opening Rockstons American Grill and Bar in its place on Thursday, Jan. 28. In a press release, Barakat said the new concept focuses on “American classics,” like burgers, prime rib and barbecue ribs. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner.
?The House has unveiled its new Scott McGehee-curated menu. According to co-owner Nick Coffin, it's a survey of classic pub-style food that includes items like a Thai curry bowl, Diamond Bear-battered fish-n-chips, gumbo, steamed mussels and a hummus plate. Coffin says the House plans to reinstitute lunch around Valentine's Day.
?SuAnn Scales Haupt has opened Simply Seafood, a seafood import business on Ninth and Izard streets, in unused space at Capital Automotive, which her husband owns. Currently, she's only open for pick-ups on Friday afternoon, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., though she said she may soon expand to Thursday. Weekly, she e-mails a list of the latest catch — gulf shrimp, grouper, snapper, yellow fin tuna, tilapia, red fish — to her subscriber list. To get the list, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.
After the success of the Main Street Food Truck Festival last year, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership is organizing a regular event, Main Street Food Truck Fridays, scheduled to kick off Friday, April 13.