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Root Cafe team to open Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos

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ADDING TO SOUTH ON MAIN RESTAURANT SCENE: Root Cafe owners, Jack and Corri Bristow Sundell, who will team with another husband-and-wife team, Cesar Bordon-Avalos and Adelia Kittrell, to open Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos. - BRIAN CHILSON
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  • ADDING TO SOUTH ON MAIN RESTAURANT SCENE: Root Cafe owners, Jack and Corri Bristow Sundell, who will team with another husband-and-wife team, Cesar Bordon-Avalos and Adelia Kittrell, to open Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos.

A new Latin American street food restaurant is coming to South Main Street. Jack Sundell and Corri Bristow Sundell, who own The Root Cafe, will partner with longtime Root kitchen manager Cesar Bordon-Avalos and his wife, Adelia Kittrell, to open Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos sometime this summer, Jack Sundell said. Luis Vasquez, who was born in Honduras and has been the breakfast cook at The Root, will run the kitchen as Dos Rocas.

Construction is already underway at the future restaurant at 1220 S. Main St., space formerly occupied by Piano Craft and, before that, used as a party room by Juanita's. It's adjacent to Electric Ghost. The 2,750 square foot restaurant should be able to seat about 60. There's already a large, poured concrete bar leftover from the Juanita's days.

"Dos Rocas," which means "two rocks" in Spanish, is a nod to Little Rock and Bordon-Avalos hometown in Paraguay, Itá, which means "rock" in the indigenous Guaraní, which the majority of the South American country's people speak.

Sundell said the restaurant "would be sort of like an indoor taco truck," a place to get "simple, authentic Latin American street food." Bordon-Avalos and Vasquez' influence will be everywhere: In addition to street-style tacos, Dos Rocas will serve pupusas (especially popular in Honduras); empanadas (especially popular in Paraguay); fajita-style nopales (cactus); yucca fries; and pastel de mandioca, a yucca hand pie filled with  seasoned beef, bell peppers, onions and egg. Sundell said there would also be nachos, queso, guacamole and other menu items that folks more accustomed to Tex-Mex will find familiar. He also said he expected there would be regular specials of other Latin American favorites, like arepas and tamales. Like The Root, Dos Rocas will use only locally raised meat and as much locally grown produce as it can, Sundell said. The plan is to make tortillas in-house.

Dos Rocas will open with 16 taps at the bar dedicated to the flagship beers of Central and Northwest Arkansas breweries. It will also serve house made margaritas, mojitos caipirinhas and several wines. There'll be a pool table. Sundell said he wants Dos Rocas to have a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.


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