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Restaurant transitions: Mexico Chiquito in west Little Rock closes; Juicy Seafood and Sauce(d) set to open

updated: 05/17/2018 3:56 p.m. Comments 2

The Juicy Seafood is now set to open Monday in the western annex of the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11600 Pleasant Ridge Road, Little Rock, in what had previously been Market Place Grill and, before that, Johnny Carino's. If you've eaten at LuLu's Crab Boil in the Heights, the concept will be familiar, though with a somewhat broader menu: Choose your seafood -- crawfish, steamed oysters, crab legs, shrimp (with or without the heads), clams, mussels or lobster tail, which comes with corn or potatoes; choose your flavor -- Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic butter or "The Shake Sauce" (all of the above); pick a "spicy level" -- mild, medium or hot. Additional side items, soups, appetizers and fried-seafood baskets are also available. Hours are to be noon-2:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday for lunch; for dinner, 4:30-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday. The phone numbers: (501) 353-1370 or visit the Facebook page,

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Find your Wayback to burger joint

posted: 05/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Wayback Burgers could certainly set one's diet way back.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Breakfast success at cheery Arkansas cafe

posted: 05/10/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Peppermill Cafe & Grill.

Restaurant transitions: Pizza D’Action changes; new barbecue place in downtown Little Rock: Root owners opening taco eatery

updated: 05/10/2018 3:27 p.m. Comment 1

The changes coming to Pizza D'Action, more familiarly known as Pizza D, 2915-2919 W. Markham St., at the "point" of Little Rock's Stifft Station, won't be quite as dramatic as originally reported. Instead of Corner Bar & Grill, it will now be known as Pizza D Bar & Grill. Assistant manager Patty Ivy says that, while they'll be slimming the menu and adding "some fun specialty burgers," instead of moving the focus to burgers and making pizza secondary, pizza will remain the focus. And they're keeping all the things, including the Camel Rider sandwich, "that everybody loves."

Restaurant transitions: KFC, Popeyes open in Little Rock; cheesesteaks to go at Rocky's; Flint's to debut in ex-coffee shop space

posted: 05/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The KFC, 100 Markham Park Drive, Little Rock, which, phoenix-like has arisen from its own ashes a year and a month after a fire gutted it, reopened, and was immediately and has since been besieged by walk-in and drive-through customers. (A reminder that since that fire, there have been no KFC restaurants operating in Little Rock and only a tiny handful operating elsewhere in the metropolitan area.) Hours are 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. The phone number is (501) 221-4353.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Bread and breakfast 1st changes at EJ's in downtown Little Rock

posted: 05/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The one thing that has changed recently at EJ's Eats & Drinks -- the thing you'll especially notice if you haven't been there lately -- is the bread.

Restaurant transitions: Revolution Restaurant to close; Casey’s Bar-B-Q on Cantrell to open soon; Main Street Food Truck Fridays resumes

updated: 05/03/2018 3:45 p.m. Discuss

Chris King has announced via Facebook that he and partner Suzon Awbrey are closing Revolution Restaurant, 300 President Clinton Ave. in Little Rock's River Market District, at the end of the month; they're still, as of our deadline, nailing down the exact date. The adjoining Revolution Room Music Venue will remain open. The post does not disclose the reason for the closure of the restaurant, which opened in May 2006, initially offering Mexican and Cuban cuisine. King and Awbrey also own and operate the nearby Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack. The phone number is (501) 823-0090.

REVIEW + PHOTOS: Two bakeries keep life sweet in Little Rock

posted: 04/26/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

We recently checked out two newish west Little Rock bakeries -- Cinnamon Creme Bakery and The Whimsy Cookie Company -- where sweets-seekers can stop and smell the flours.

Restaurant Transitions: Mylo drops Afterthought plans; Pizza D’ shifting to burgers; Chili's new location in west Little Rock

updated: 04/19/2018 4:50 p.m. Comments 2

Stephanos Mylonas has dropped plans to take over The Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd., next door to his Mylo Coffee Co. in Little Rock's Hillcrest, and turn it into a restaurant-entertainment venue.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in downtown Little Rock

posted: 04/19/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Mexican restaurants in Little Rock fall into one of three categories.

Restaurant Transitions: Family's hell fells popular bagel bakery; Mugs Cafe open Sundays; Wayback Burgers to open next week

posted: 04/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Morningside Bagels, 10848 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock, has closed "for personal reasons," according to the website, Later postings there and on Facebook and in various media reports since April 2 have revealed those reasons: Maumelle police had issued an felony warrant April 3 for Robert David Tackett, who co-owned the establishment with his now-estranged wife, Roxane, on charges of criminal intent to commit arson of a Maumelle residence he co-owned. He was subsequently arrested April 5 without incident on his pontoon boat on Lake Ouachita by the Montgomery County sheriff's office, with assistance from Arkansas State Police and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officers.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Cheese sauce flows freely at Anita's in Little Rock

posted: 04/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Comparing Anita's Cantina & Grill to Applebee's, which formerly occupied its southwest Little Rock space, would be comparing apples and oranges.

Restaurant Transitions: Southern Gourmasian owners plan new place; Eat My Catfish opens on McCain; Wayback Burgers in Little Rock

posted: 04/05/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Justin Patterson and CC Key, owner and manager, respectively, of the late Southern Gourmasian, which closed earlier this year on West Capitol Avenue, are moving farther west on Capitol Avenue, having signed a lease on the restaurant space in the Hotel Frederica (formerly the Legacy. And, of course, the Hotel Sam Peck), 625 W. Capitol, where they plan to open a Southern-theme restaurant and lounge they're calling TAE. That stands for "True Arkansas Eatery," and, perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, "eat" spelled backward.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Kontiki does Motherland proud

posted: 04/05/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

In the sea of cookie-cutter chain restaurants in central Arkansas, it's refreshing to see any eatery that offers international fare in general, and African fare in particular.

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posted: 04/05/2018 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.






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