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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Shorty Small's gets a needed face-lift

posted: 12/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

In 1980, the shack-like restaurant on North Rodney Parham Road that had been a sort of poor cousin to Anderson's Cajun's Wharf was reborn as Shorty Small's, complete with a fictional back story for the restaurant's fictional namesake.

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Dixie Cafes, Dickey's Barbecue Pit closed; Zaxby's on Kanis now open

posted: 12/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Wednesday was the last day of operation for all nine Dixie Cafe restaurants in Arkansas and eight Dixie Cafe and Delta Cafe restaurants in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Dixie Restaurants Inc. CEO Allan Roberts said Monday in a news release, while thanking patrons, management and staff, that "After over 35 years in business, we have decided that we must close our restaurants. It is a very difficult operating environment for full-service, family-oriented restaurants. We have seen declining sales combined with increasing costs that has made this difficult decision necessary." Dixie Restaurants Inc. staff are also losing their jobs.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Views more consistent than food at Petit Jean State Park's Mather Lodge

posted: 12/07/2017 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Many a time have we hiked the Cedar Falls Trail at Petit Jean State Park and then gorged ourselves at Mather Lodge Restaurant.

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Cock of the Walk closed; Copper Grill changing; Freddy's in west Little Rock opening soon

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

Cock of the Walk, 7103 Cock of the Walk Drive off Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock, has definitely closed, not temporarily, but for good. We reported a couple of weeks ago that the down-home catfish restaurant's Facebook page sorrowfully told patrons, "Thank you all for the wonderful years, but sadly we are closed," but that the phone number, (501) 758-7182, returned a voicemail message that the restaurant would be closed only until Nov. 15. That phone number has now been disconnected, the Maumelle Boulevard-side marquee sign says "closed," and beneath it is a banner of the same size that says "For Sale: Restaurant and Land."

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: More to see, taste and enjoy at new 42 in Clinton Center

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

Mike Selig has taken a great leap forward with the restaurant at the Clinton Presidential Center in the burgeoning eastern end of Little Rock.

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: List of eateries open on Thanksgiving; Stoby’s Express closes

posted: 11/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

SQZBX Brewery & Pizza Joint (pronounced "squeezebox") is pending at 236 Ouachita Ave., Hot Springs, in a building that formerly housed Davis Piano Co. And the owners, husband-wife duo Zac Smith and Cheryl Roorda, have reportedly repurposed the instruments they "inherited," turning piano parts into parts of their bar and some lighting fixtures. Their efforts also received a Preserve Arkansas award in late October for "Excellence in Personal Projects -- Commercial." We have yet to receive a callback from the message we left at the listed phone number, (501) 609-0114.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Fly to Whole Hog for the chicken wings

posted: 11/23/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

I might never eat barbecue again at Whole Hog Cafe after recent visits to its newest location

Selected restaurants

posted: 11/23/2017 1:41 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: Rooftop restaurant debut set in downtown LR; list of eateries open on Thanksgiving

posted: 11/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Nov. 24 is the target for the Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown, 322 Rock St., to open Agasi 7, its rooftop, open-air restaurant and bar and the area's first. It'll serve food for dinner only; at last check before deadline, the menu was still in the works, but they're anticipating it to be mostly upscale bar food. The hotel has a second restaurant in the lobby area: The Garden Grill, also serving only dinner (burgers, sandwiches, ribs and steaks), 5-10 p.m. daily. A hot breakfast, to-order or buffet, is available in the lobby, 6-10 a.m. Monday-Friday, 7-11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. The hotel phone number is (501) 244-0044.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Dugan’s updates, adds to vast menu

posted: 11/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Dugan's Pub, which we've always considered to be the most modest of central Arkansas' three ostensibly Irish pubs, recently updated its menu. Proprietor Don Dugan's new bill of fare adds nearly a dozen new dishes to a pretty broad lineup of Irish, semi-Irish, quasi-Irish and good ol' American items.

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: 2 west Little Rock eateries, 1 in Maumelle shut down; Cathead's Diner to open in East Village

posted: 11/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

A trio of restaurant closures this week, but there is cheerier news of openings, reopenings, expected openings, unveilings and food and wine events.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Brewski's on Little Rock's Main Street offers a cacophony of flavor

posted: 11/09/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Maybe somebody alerted Brewski's Pub & Grub staff that giant-size Jenga was a terrible idea.

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Steakhouse chain's plans in central Arkansas; Little Rock rooftop bar update

posted: 11/02/2017 1:57 a.m. Comments 2

Management of the Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown, 322 Rock St., reports now a mid-November target to open its rooftop, open-air restaurant and bar, Agasi 7, the area's first.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Relocated Three Fold is more, better

posted: 11/02/2017 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Bigger isn't always better. But Three Fold Noodles + Dumpling Co. — which recently moved to a new and larger location at 611 Main St. in downtown Little Rock and expanded its menu — is bigger and better.

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posted: 11/02/2017 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.

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