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Restaurant transitions: Raduno temporarily closed, Dixie Cafe applying for alcohol

posted: 02/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom, 1318 S. Main St., Little Rock, posted a Facebook explanation for its temporary closure this week: "Hey Little Rock, due to some unforeseen issues, we are going to take the rest of the week off to give our staff a small break as well as some general house cleaning. Raduno will reopen its doors Friday night or Saturday morning at the latest! We hope to see you at the 2016 SoMa Mardi Gras Parade. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Raduno & Crew."

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Loca Luna's face-lift fits well

posted: 02/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Our take on Loca Luna: We've always liked the food and enjoyed the atmosphere, but we just hadn't yet found the single menu item that would get us back as more than occasional customers. Given the diversity of the menu at this Riverdale neighborhood eatery and watering hole, that's always been kind of a surprise.

Selected restaurants

posted: 02/04/2016 1:43 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. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up. To read recent restaurant reviews in their entirety, visit arkansasonline.com/restaurants.

Restaurant transitions: 35th annual Soup Sunday participants, new openings in Hot Springs

posted: 01/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

This is as up-to-date a list as we have of participants in the 35th annual Soup Sunday (4-7 p.m. Sunday, Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main streets, Little Rock):

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Buy 1, feed 2 at Tacos 4 Life

posted: 01/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Tacos 4 Life, with two locations in Conway and one in Fayetteville, is a company with a cause that I can get behind.

Selected restaurants

posted: 01/28/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain: a meal (without beverage or dessert) typically less than $12; moderate: $12-$25. Expensive: $25 and up.

Restaurant transitions: Good Food by Ferneau closing, Skinny J's open for Sunday brunch

posted: 01/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Donnie Ferneau Jr. is closing his Good Food by Ferneau, 521 Main St., North Little Rock, which will hold its last meal service Jan. 30, to become the executive chef at the new 1836 Club, which, as you recall, is the private supper club going into the former Packet House, 1406 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. "I cannot thank my customers and the Argenta community enough for their support of Good Food," Ferneau says in a news release. "While I'm sad to leave, the opportunity ... was an offer I simply couldn't refuse." And this posting on the Good Food by Ferneau Facebook page: "Although this transition will be bittersweet, Chef Ferneau is very excited for the future. Until then, he will still be able to do private events, catering, and can even rent out party rooms and spaces at the new location once it is open. If you have any remaining Gift Cards, please use them before Jan. 30. ... [If] there is any furniture that you may like, feel free to contact us via Facebook for more information." Target opening is sometime this spring, but the deadline to submit applications to become a charter member is March 1; visit the1836club.com. Charter members won't have to pay an application fee; individual dues will be $250 monthly.

Cache fills brunch niches

posted: 01/21/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

A growing number of area restaurants are venturing into the weekend brunch arena, but the one at Cache nicely fills a niche. Actually a couple of niches.

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posted: 01/21/2016 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. Reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up.

Restaurant transitions: Resurrected Packet House, Fresh: An Urban Eatery closed

posted: 01/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In case you missed this story last week, a group of Little Rock investors, including state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, and investment bankers Mark Camp and Rod Damon, are planning to once again resurrect the long-vacant former Packet House, 1406 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, by turning it into a private supper club, to be named the 1836 Club. The club will operate as a members-only establishment, including a restaurant that would be open for dinner and special events, with a membership limited to 300, and a $250 a month membership fee for individuals and $1,000 for companies. Incoming members would have to be nominated and approved. The Little Rock Planning Commission approved a rezoning request last week; they'll still need approval from the Little Rock Board of Directors and the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Blaze: Pizza, sizzling fast

posted: 01/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Blaze Pizza is blazing a trail across central Arkansas.

Selected restaurants

posted: 01/14/2016 2:08 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.

Restaurant transitions: Igibon closed; Food Truck Stop, second Zoes opening soon

posted: 01/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

This time last year, Batulzii "Crystal" Bataa was celebrating the 12-month lease extension for her Igibon Japanese Food House, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, after intense 11th-hour negotiations with her shopping-center landlord. Alas, it appears to have only extended the life of the venerable west Little Rock Japanese restaurant for a single year. Sharp-eyed observers have reported that Dec. 31 was its last day. The restaurant opened in late August 1998. As of deadline, the phone number, (501) 217-8888, had not been disconnected but it delivers calls directly to a voice-mail box and nobody, so far, has returned our messages.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Red Door 'Brinner' a winner

posted: 01/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Breakfast by candlelight. It's what's for dinner Tuesday nights at Red Door.

Selected restaurants

posted: 01/07/2016 1:47 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. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up.

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