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Restaurant Transitions: Petit & Keet Bar & Grill grand opening; The Veg to open in downtown Little Rock

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Today is the grand opening of Petit & Keet Bar & Grill, 1620 Market St., Little Rock, the joint project of entrepreneur/restaurateur Jim Keet and culinary legend Louis Petit in the pretty-much-rebuilt-from-the-ground up former 1620 Savoy.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Kimchi's Korean a tasty transition in Little Rock

posted: 05/18/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Kimchi, a Korean restaurant, recently replaced VanLang, a Vietnamese restaurant, in the South University Avenue strip center just north of the confluence of University Avenue and Colonel Glenn Road in south central Little Rock.

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posted: 05/18/2017 1:54 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 REVIEW: Dinner at The Root Cafe is weird, wonderful

posted: 05/11/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Root Cafe was cool in SoMA before it was SoMA (and was just Little Rock's Main Street south of Interstate 630).

Restaurant Transitions: Midtown Billiards, Three Sams BBQ reopening; new Freddy’s location

posted: 05/11/2017 1:54 a.m. Comment 1

Midtown Billiards owner Maggie Hinson tells Arkansas Online she plans to reopen the bar, billiards and burger joint, 1316 Main St., Little Rock, by the beginning of June. Three-fourths of the restoration work on the establishment, gutted by a Sept. 19 fire, was complete as of May 4, reports Arkansas Online's Brandon Riddle. Hinson says the bar area is in progress, the ceiling is in place and bathrooms have been installed; kitchen equipment installation should be finished by the end of this week. Hinson says patrons should expect the same raffish atmosphere the place achieved over more than 40 years in its current location; part of the bar setup involves removing some of its newness and "aging" it to something closer to its antique character.

Restaurant Transitions: Kimchi open in Little Rock; latest on John Daly's Steakhouse

posted: 05/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Kimchi Korean Restaurant has replaced VanLang in the strip center at 3700 S. University Ave., Little Rock. A Korean family took over the principally Vietnamese restaurant a couple of years ago and had been gradually introducing Korean dishes on a subsidiary menu, so the transition isn't entirely a surprise. The restaurant's fliers identify it as having Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese food (for example, the flier mentions pho and vermicelli noodles). The menu has a number of relatively familiar Korean dishes (including Bibimbap, Bulgogi, Galbi and Jamppong) and some maybe not so familiar, including Ttkeo-bboki (a Korean hot-pot for two), Gomtang ("pale bone-broth garnished with brisket slices") and Jajangmyeon (a noodle bowl topped with a thick soybean-paste sauce with diced vegetables and pork). Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The phone number is (501) 570-7700 (same as VanLang's); visit the Facebook page, facebook.com/No1.KoreanRestaurant.in.AR.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Trusty IHOP still pancake paradise

posted: 05/04/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

For about nine long months, the Midtown area of Little Rock had been without the dependable diner chain. The iconic old-school structure with the steeply sloped blue roof closed in July for remodeling and then was demolished for total reconstruction in October.

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posted: 05/04/2017 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.

Restaurant Transitions: Shogun closed; Petit & Keet, Zeteo Coffee opening soon

posted: 04/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Saturday was the last day of business for the venerable Shogun Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 2815 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. Manager Michael Choi says the entire staff is shifting to Kanpai Japanese Steak & Sushi, 4120 E. McCain Blvd., North Little Rock, also owned by entrepreneur Steve Im. Choi says he has no idea what, if anything, will become of the Riverdale building, which Shogun took over in 1982, and which had housed a Sambo's prior to that. The phone number, (501) 666-7070, had not yet been disconnected as of Tuesday's deadline, but all calls were being routed to voice mail.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Argentine aura, European accent at Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe in Little Rock

posted: 04/27/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Looking over the compact but ample menu at Buenos Aires Grill and Cafe, the new Argentinian restaurant in Little Rock's River Market District, most of the fare was expected -- namely a number of dishes centered on red meat. The pasta dishes on the menu? Reviewer Shea Stewart never saw them coming.

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posted: 04/27/2017 1:46 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: 1836 Club chef to leave, open new establishment; District Fare opening date; LR Popeyes

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Donnie Ferneau Jr., who was hired with great fanfare in January 2016 to be the executive chef at the private 1836 Club, in what used to be the Packet House on Cantrell Road in Riverdale, is leaving in the very near future to open a new establishment of some sort in Little Rock's Pulaski Heights, possibly a high-end breakfast place. Details are still lacking -- Ferneau is reluctant to discuss the project until the ink dries on the agreements he's signing -- but we expect the news could break as early as Friday.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Maddie's still a Creole success

posted: 04/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Little Rock native Brian Deloney had been an executive sous chef for Emeril Lagasse for almost 10 years, in New Orleans and Las Vegas, before returning home with his wife, Angela, in 2007. He worked for a while at the Capital Hotel, then opened his own place in Riverdale in January 2009.

Restaurant Transitions: Katmandu open in River Market; Main Street Food Truck Fridays back; Easter Sunday restaurants

posted: 04/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Katmandu Mo Mo, which has been enormously popular as a food truck vending Nepalese dumplings and other Himalayan goodies, is going brick-and-mortar, after a fashion: Its kiosk in the River Market's Ottenheimer Market Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, was expected to open Wednesday. Owner Kyler Nordeck says it will be open, tentatively, at least, 10:30 a.m. to market close, 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday and it'll keep the food truck operating, particularly for special events. The phone number, the same one it has been using for the food truck, is (501) 351-4169. Meanwhile, the Market Hall has a still-vacant, east-end kiosk that's supposed to eventually become a gourmet hot dog place.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Everyone go whee! for Mr. Hui's

posted: 04/13/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

How does one say "Mr. Hui's?" What way -- or is that whey? -- is it pronounced? Whee? Huey?

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