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By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published September 22, 2011 at 3:38 a.m.

— Capi Peck and Brent Peterson’s Capi’s Nuevo Latino, in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, closed Sunday after brunch. According to an e-mail to customers, some former Capi’s dishes will show up on the menu at Trio’s, 8201 Cantrell Road, which the two also operate, “and we will have the combined culinary skills of both staffs to create and maintain the consistency of our menus.” Trio’s will open for Sundays brunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., starting Oct. 2 (the menu will feature many former Capi’s favorites along with Trio’s mainstays, according to the e-mail) and dinner (starting at 5:30). The brunch menu will be available ahead of the Oct. 2 opening at Trio’s phone number: (501) 221-3330.

Now open with a limited menu: Dempsey Bakery, 323 S. Cross St. (right above Diamond Bear Brewery), Little Rock, which specializes in items that won’t challenge folks with food sensitivities and allergies. “This bakery will be certified gluten-free, tapioca-free, soy-free and nutfree, but any specialty can be made to order (vegan, etc.),” says owner Paula Dempsey in a news release, which promises a full product line by the Oct. 13 grand opening. Hours, for the moment, are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Call (501) 375-2257 or visit the Facebook page, DempseyBakery.

Burger Fix — subtitled “burgers, Wings, Salads, Suds” — has replaced Woka Woka, a Mongolian grill, at 1800 Club Manor Drive, Maumelle. The burgers are “more than 1/3 pound of our perfectly seasoned and grilled Angus beef” with a choice of toppings (no charge for cheese, 80 additional cents for bacon); the menu also offers chicken sandwiches, wings and tenders. A “Fresh Fix” soup and salad bar occupies the space that used to feature the Mongolian grill ingredients. Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The telephone number is (501) 803-9251.

The Little Rock city board approved Tuesday night on a proposal to change the zoning on Lot 2, Kanis Shackleford Subdivision, on the south side of the 10700 block of Kanis Road, “to allow for the construction of a Panera Bread restaurant with drivethru service.”

Loganberry Frozen Yogurt, 6015 Chenonceau Blvd., Little Rock (it shares a shopping center off Cantrell Road with NYPD Pizza, which owners Susan Biemans and Ron Logan also own), opens at 11 a.m. Friday. “The yogurt product we decided upon is crafted at Honeyhill Farms in Russellville,” Biemans says in a news release. “The flavorings are not powdered nor extracts as some of the yogurt shops offer” — for example, fresh strawberry puree, real vanilla beans, actual espresso “and so on.” Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. The telephone number is (501) 868-8194.

The Peabody Little Rock, West Markham and Louisiana streets, has expanded the food menu and list of specialty drinks in its Lobby Bar. Food additions include a new club panini — Boar’s Head roasted turkey, bacon, tomato, Gouda and roasted garlic mayonnaise served with seasonal fries; Insalata Mista salad, seasonal greens and balsamic vinaigrette with optional grilled chicken, skirt steak, shrimp or crab cake (for an additional cost, of course); antipasto and cheese platters; and Southwestern chicken egg rolls served with salsa fresco. Bar hours: 2-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday; happy hour specials will be available 4-7 p.m. weekdays. Call (501) 906-4000 or visit

While we recently noted the closing of the Bryant branch of Layla’s Gyros and Pizzeria, somehow we have managed not to report on where else it has spread beyond its original location, 9501 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Layla’s has also sprouted locations at 8201 Ranch Blvd., off Cantrell Road, Little Rock, and 713 Oak St., Conway. Hours for the Little Rock restaurants: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; for Conway, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Phone numbers: Rodney Parham, (501) 227-7272; Ranch Boulevard: (501) 868-2630; Conway, (501) 205-8224. Or visit

And ArkanSalsa Fest, an art and music festival, will take place at and around George’s Majestic on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Outdoor performances of music and dancing will take place every 30 minutes throughout the day. The festival will also include a car show and a salsa dancing competition. Admission is free until 6 p.m.; after that, tickets are $10, available at the door or at, which provide entry to several area musicians and bands. Proceeds benefit OneCommunity, a Fayetteville nonprofit that “promotes communities working together as One.” Visit

Has a restaurant opened — or closed — near you in the last week or so? Does your favorite eatery have a new menu? Is there a new chef in charge? Drop us a line. Call (501) 399-3667 or (501) 378-3513, or send a note to Restaurants, Weekend Section, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 121 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72201. Send e-mail to:

Weekend, Pages 36 on 09/22/2011

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