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TRANSITIONS

By Eric E. Harrison

This article was published January 24, 2013 at 2:51 a.m.

— Kimberly Strzelecki, who with husband Scott is the central Arkansas development agent for Frisco, Texas based Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes, says the franchise/ mini-chain will open its second Little Rock location around the second week of February. The restaurant will be in the Kanis Plaza, 10809 Kanis Road just off the intersection of Kanis and Shackleford. As with the location at 14810 Cantrell Road, hours will be 10 a.m-11 p.m. daily. By the time it opens, both locations will be offering curbside delivery for to-go orders already made and paid for. The new location does not yet have a telephone number.

And speaking of second locations, Little Rock’s long-delayed second Gigi’s Cupcakes location, 12800 Chenal Parkway, opened Tuesday. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday,9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 225-9900. But it’s still not listed on the website gigiscupcakesusa.com/littlerockarkansas.

A new sign on a pole outside the long-vacant former Lucky 7 Superette, 316 E. Sixth St., Little Rock, proclaims the pending opening of the Downtown Deli and Grocery. We got no answer by deadline at the listed telephone number, (501) 244-9800. We’ll keep you posted.

And another sign - a banner, really - proclaims the “opening soon” of Mamacita’s Bar & Grill, most recently the Heights Cafe and originally Satellite Cafe. No listed telephone number yet.

David’s Burgers has opened its North Little Rock location at 3510 Landers Road, off U.S. 67/167, North Little Rock, in the long-vacant Roadhouse Grill. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.Friday-Saturday. The phone number is (501) 353-0387.

Jami Zimmerman, senior public relations manager at Dallas-based Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants Inc., updates us on the status of new Arkansas outlets - locations in Siloam Springs and Lowell are open, “and we just signed a lease in Rogers.” Restaurants in Fayetteville, Searcy and Little Rock are in the works: “We have not signed leases, but committed to Searcy this year and possibly Little Rock; we’ve got to find the perfect location,” says Zimmerman, who adds that the company already has franchisees in place. The restaurants serve up “on-site, smoke-it-all night” Texas-style barbecue, including pulled pork, brisket, chicken, turkey and ham, with three tomato-based sauces, original, sweet and spicy. Find the full menu and more details at dickeys.com.

Construction continues apace on the Long Horn Steakhouse outlet in the Shackleford Crossings shopping center, 2600 S. Shackleford Road, Little Rock. We’re still waiting for confirmation from a spokesman for the chain, a subsidiary of Orlando-based Darden Restaurants (which also brings you Olive Garden and Red Lobster) on a target opening date. We’ll continue to keep you posted.

We’d like to give you an update on last week’s report about Home Fresh Burgers, supposedly opening soon at the former Hop Drive-In location, 7706 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. However, the listed telephone number that we couldn’t get anybody to answer last week now returns a “temporarily disconnected” message. We will definitely keep you posted.

1620 Savoy, 1620 Market St., Little Rock, will offer up “Sunday Night Swing at 1620Savoy” this Sunday - cocktails at 6 p.m., four-course dinner at 6:30, plus dancing to a swing band. Cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity; seating is limited, and you must make reservations. Call (501) 221-1620.

And Pravin T. Shetty, who operates the Ramada Inn in Batesville, wishes to clarify last week’s report: With the hotel’s Daily Bread now closed, the hotel is not currently serving any meals “until we find a new operator.” The hotel telephone number: (870) 698-1800.

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 cq 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:

eharrison@arkansasonline.com

Weekend, Pages 40 on 01/24/2013

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