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Walker’s Bar-B-Que Company has relocated to Scott from its longtime location on Warden Road in North Little Rock, opening May 2. The new address is 15235 Highway 165.
Owner Bill Walker said he made the move because “There’s no place to eat out here. It’s growing, there are a lot of workers, a lot of farmers. And, the competition at the other place was getting to be too much. When I opened in 1992 [on Warden Road] it was me and Chili’s. Now there are 24 restaurants and four more on the way … here, we’re five miles off the interstate [440].”
Walker says longtime fans of his restaurant will notice a few differences in Scott. There’s nothing fried, and customers walk up to the counter, place the order, “and you’re in and out in a hurry.” The usual Walker’s favorites of pork, beef, tamales and chili and the regular side dishes are still on the menu.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sunday). The restaurant should have its liquor license by May 18. The new phone number is 961-9800.

Mimi’s Cafe is now up and running on Financial Centre Parkway a little west of On the Border, on the Garden Ridge parking lot. Mimi’s is a Western chain that is beginning to branch east with its all day, every day comfort food, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Captain’s D’s chain seafood restaurant says it’s using Little Rock and Jacksonville, Fla., as test markets for its new beer-battered shrimp and fish. So, through May 28 in Little Rock, the Captain D’s will offer a variety of dinners and platters, some with batter-dipped onion rings.

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UPDATE: EJ’S EATS AND DRINKS The friendly former Hillcrest neighborhood hoagie shop has moved downtown but still serves up generous sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. Vegetarians can craft any number of acceptable meals from the flexible menu. Now, they have burgers. 523 Center St. (corner of Center and Sixth). Beer and wine. CC $ 666-3700 LD Mon.-Sat.

UPDATE: VIEUX CARRE It’s only been open a few months under new ownership after changing over from the Beechwood Grill. We found it a wonderful lunch spot at a recent visit, with a chef who will experiment and knows how to use his herbs. The special of the day was a blackened burger with a gorgonzola slaw. Now, tell us you’ve ever even thought about gorgonzola slaw anywhere, much less on a burger. The burger was served on thick toasted bread, somewhat like Texas toast, and the slaw was piled on, telling us instantly that eating this burger with the hands was going to be messy. Knife and fork sufficed, and our dining companion didn’t bolt having to watch an eating disaster. All told, the burger was great, though the homemade potato chips weren’t crisp in the least. Companion had a massive chicken salad sandwich that she shared. It was splendid, with large chucks of chicken and a nice hint of thyme in the seasoning. We finished off the meal with a ravishing slice of blueberry cheesecake. We envisioned typical cheesecake topped with a few blueberries, but it was actually blue through and through, and a perfect capper to a nice meal. Service was well-informed and attentive. Lunch of two entrees, dessert and tea ran us about $25 before tip. You really need to check out what these folks have done to the inside, and the newly reopened Afterthought. There are also smaller side rooms for parties or dining groups with special needs and seating. The Sunday brunch menu looks inviting as well, and the dinner menu is kicked up considerably from the lunch offerings. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1196 Full bar. CC $$-$$$ LD Mon.-Fri., D Sat., Br Sun.


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