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Restaurant Transitions: New catfish restaurant, Fuzzy's Taco Shop planned, new space for The Veg

posted: 07/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Candy Wilkerson says in a recent Facebook post that she will continue to operate Capital Smokehouse and Grill, 915 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, in the wake of the July 1 death of her husband, co-owner and chief cook, Doug Wilkerson: "The restaurant is indeed still open and I have no plans of closing it. Doug would want me to carry on with our dream so I will do it for him." Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The phone number is (501) 372-4227.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Casa Real-ly tasty, delightful

posted: 07/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

It's the little building that could. The structure at the corner of G Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard in North Little Rock has been home to a variety of restaurants through the years with a few having more staying power than others.

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posted: 07/21/2016 2:06 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.

Restaurant Transitions: Longtime Little Rock BBQ restaurant closes; Bash Burger Co. in Little Rock shut

posted: 07/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Chip's Barbecue, 9801 W. Markham Street, Little Rock, has closed, with a sign on the door stating, "Please Notice: Effective July 6, 2016, This location will be closed. Thank you." At last check the phone -- (501) 225-4346 -- had not yet been disconnected but nobody answered it. The website, chipsbarbeque.com, baldly proclaims only, "Our Markham Street located (sic) is now closed." (If there are any other locations for the venerable barbecue joint, which has been around since 1961, we're not aware of them.) Chris Harcrow, an old friend of the Chipman family, who founded the venerable establishment in 1961, took it over in August 2013 following the 2012 death of paterfamilias Thomas Chipman. Bankruptcy listings for North Little Rock in Monday's paper include this filing: "Christopher Jay Harcrow (dba Honest Integrity LLC), ... July 6, 2016, Chapter 7."

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Dave & Buster's is a bellyful

posted: 07/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

It has the gravity-defying grub. And it has the bleep-blonking games.

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posted: 07/14/2016 1:45 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: Dixie Cafe location closes; Freddy's Frozen Custard in North Little Rock, Little Rock

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

The Dixie Cafe at 10011 Interstate 30 (at Baseline Road), Little Rock, has closed. The phone number, (501) 568-6444, had not been disconnected as of Tuesday morning, but the manager who answered it told us June 26 was the last day of operation and that the phone would be cut off shortly. Chief Executive Alan Roberts told us sales had been declining, and "we did what we could to turn that restaurant around, but it wasn't enough." It's one of the minichain's oldest links -- almost 29 years in southwest Little Rock, 12 on Geyer Springs Road before it moved to I-30 and Baseline in 1999.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Lilly's Dim Sum still shines

posted: 07/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Blame the constant influx of new places, especially new Asian places, but it's been a long while since we last visited the venerable Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some, in west Little Rock's Market Place Shopping Center.

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posted: 07/07/2016 1:45 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: Openings set in Little Rock for Bruno’s Deli, Soul Fish Cafe, Asia Buffet

posted: 06/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Bruno's Little Italy co-owner Gio Bruno says Tuesday is now the target for the opening of the next-door Bruno's Deli, a grab-and-go lunch expansion in the former Dundee's men's wear space, 308 Main St., Little Rock. Lunch hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, possibly later to sell meats and cheeses, etc. Phone: (501) 313-4452.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bleu Flame Burger Co. has hefty lineup

posted: 06/30/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

This busy college town is awash in a sea of restaurants. If you can't find something you're hungry for here, please don't blame Conway.

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posted: 06/30/2016 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

Restaurant Transitions: Terry’s Finer Foods closing temporarily, JJ’s Grill to open in Little Rock

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Terry's Finer Foods, the Restaurant, 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, which closed a month or so ago during a transition of chefs, is closing -- temporarily -- again. "Yes, we decided to take a summer break and reopen in the fall," says co-owner Lex Golden, explaining that "Many of our regular clients leave town this time of year and we just decided to focus on expanding our deli and carry-out products as well as settling Ellen's Antiques into the building. It will give us a break and the opportunity to reinvent ourselves this fall." The grocery/deli that was there before the restaurant will remain open and, Golden says, "we will incorporate the pizzeria space (the original restaurant/bistro) into the reopening" once the Pizzeria @ Terry's Finer Foods (which has been occupying the original Terry's restaurant space) finishes its southward move to 4910 Kavanaugh, into the former Revolution Gym. The restaurant phone number, (501) 663-4154, will presumably survive.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Little Rock taco spot tiny, tasty, timely

posted: 06/23/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

When it comes to fittingly reflecting its menu, Taco Beer Burrito is probably the town's most accurately named dining establishment.

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posted: 06/23/2016 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.

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