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Valentine's weekend restaurant info

posted: 02/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Here's an updated partial list of Valentine's Day and pre-Valentine's Day special meals and/or deals, based on submissions and/or wandering around on the Web. Tight space unfortunately has meant we've had to leave out most menu details, but you can call for details -- and to make reservations, because the chance that you'll be able to walk in and get a table at any place that's taking reservations are somewhere between "slim" and "you've got to be kidding."

Restaurant transitions: Blue Canoe expanding, Hideaway Pizza coming this fall

posted: 02/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Shelli Poole of MySaline.com and the Benton Courier reports that Kay Diemer, who ran Ed & Kay's restaurant at 15228 Interstate 30 in Benton and who still owns the building, has filed suit against peripatetic chef/restaurateur Bruno Beqiri, who leased out the space for the Italian Villa since November 2014, for long-standing nonpayment of rent and breach of the lease agreement. Poole has posted on her site the copy of a letter from the law firm of Jensen Young & Houston to Beqiri that lists arrears of $23,700, covering $4,000 a month in rent and $1,000 a month for furniture, fixtures and equipment payments. A recent Courier story reports that Beqiri owes $18,300 in past due rent, and that according to a filing dated Feb. 2 in Saline County Circuit Court, documents allege that he has failed to pay the entire rent amount each month since July 1, 2015. Beqiri on Monday said that despite reports to the contrary, the restaurant has not closed. We'll keep you posted.

The food trucks stop here @ Station 801

posted: 02/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock keeps on trucking -- food trucking.

Selected restaurants

posted: 02/11/2016 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: 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.

Selected restaurants

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.

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