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Restaurant Transitions: Midtown Billiards reopening set; The Main Cheese closes; La Hacienda to return soon

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Work to rebuild the bar, billiards and burger joint Midtown Billiards, 1316 Main St., Little Rock, gutted by a Sept. 19 fire, has gone more slowly than expected, says general manager David Shipps, but all will be in readiness for the June 30 grand reopening, 3 p.m-5 a.m. Tickets -- $20 for happy hour, $25 for late-night, available online at centralarkansastickets.com/events/grande-re-opening -- guarantee membership in the private club; the late-night ticket includes the cover charge for the opening-night band and a free commemorative Midtown Sharpie. Hours will once again be 3 p.m.-5 a.m. daily. The phone number remains (501) 372-9990.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: The Veg in Little Rock is full of surprises

posted: 06/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Wait a minute. Pulled BBQ Sandwich? BBQ Nachos? Lobster Roll? Buffalo Wings? Philly Cheesesteak? Isn't this place supposed to be vegan?

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posted: 06/22/2017 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 means a meal (without beverage or dessert) is typically less than $12. Moderate is $12 to $25. Expensive is $25 and up.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Freddy's fills steakburger bill in North Little Rock

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

They had us at frozen custard. And the steakburger part didn't hurt either.

Restaurant Transitions: Zaxby's coming to Little Rock; Gandolfo's opens today; Burger 21 on Chenal to debut soon

posted: 06/15/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Last week we reported that there is, at last, a west Little Rock Taco Bueno outlet on the starting blocks. On the heels of that news we got word that Georgia-based Zaxby's -- the other fast-casual chain that we get asked about a lot and that has been circling the center of central Arkansas -- last week filed for a plumbing permit with the state Health Department for a restaurant at 10601 Kanis Road, Little Rock, near the Panera Bread and Dunkin' Donuts at Kanis and Shackleford Road. Zaxby's has seven central Arkansas locations, including in Benton, Bryant, Conway, Maumelle, Sherwood and Jacksonville.

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posted: 06/15/2017 1:51 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: Taco Bueno in west Little Rock; Osaka, Desi Den closed

posted: 06/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Those who have been itching to have a Taco Bueno closer to the center of central Arkansas while the Farmers Branch, Texas-based chain has been spotting outlets around the metro area periphery (including Conway, Maumelle and southwest Little Rock) may have to wait a little longer, but perhaps not much longer. An application is pending with Little Rock Planning and Development seeking a site plan review for an outparcel restaurant building in the western part of the Markham Center Square shopping center parking lot, 9101 W. Markham St. at John Barrow Road. (That'd put it in front of the Burlington Coat Factory store, if that helps you place it a little better.)

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Petit & Keet in Little Rock a dynamic duo

posted: 06/08/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Petit & Keet aren't just the names on the west Little Rock restaurant now occupying the former 1620 Savoy.

Restaurant Transitions: Cotham's burned; Hawgz Blues on JFK adds alcohol; Banana Leaf closed for vacation

posted: 06/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

In case you missed it earlier this week, the legendary Cotham's Mercantile, 5301 Arkansas 161 S., Scott, burned down early Tuesday and the building with its contents -- a decades-old collection of antiques and memorabilia -- is apparently a total loss, Arkansas Online reports. The structure caved in and only charred brick pillars remained along the perimeter by 7 a.m.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: District Fare's pastrami is perfect

posted: 06/01/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Let's start at District Fare, the new sandwich shop and specialty grocery store in Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood, with the hit: an out-of-this-world-great Pastrami sandwich ($9.95), the kind of sandwich you praise to strangers.

REMEMBERING COTHAM'S: Photos through the years of iconic Arkansas restaurant, its signature burgers

posted: 05/30/2017 1:08 p.m. Gallery Discuss

REMEMBERING COTHAM'S: Photos through the years of iconic Arkansas restaurant, its signature burgers

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Cotham's, landmark Arkansas restaurant, destroyed in fire

posted: 05/30/2017 7:21 a.m. Comments 4

Long-standing central Arkansas restaurant Cotham's Mercantile Store burned down early Tuesday and scorched a utility pole, leaving many in the area without power, officials said.

Restaurant Transitions: Taco Bueno coming to North Little Rock; new steakhouse chain; new Little Rock coffee shop

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

A permit has been filed with the Arkansas Department of Health for a Taco Bueno restaurant at John F. Kennedy and Pershing boulevards, just off Interstate 40. It would be the fifth central Arkansas restaurant for the Farmers Branch, Texas-based chain, following outlets in southwest Little Rock, Benton, Conway and Maumelle. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in December that developers were eyeing a second location on West Markham Street in the state's capital city. The status of that project isn't clear, but we're getting reports that something might break on this story in the next few weeks.

REVIEW + PHOTOS: North Little Rock restaurant Taqueria Jalisco'z plates real deal

posted: 05/25/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

These days, the Camp Robinson Road area of North Little Rock is full of Mexican restaurants, several of which also sell groceries, meat and baked goods. The newest is Taqueria Jalisco'z, housed in a building that has been home to other Mexican places over the last decade.

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posted: 05/25/2017 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. Bargain: a meal (without beverage or dessert) typically less than $12. Moderate: $12 to $25. Expensive: $25 and up.

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