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Restaurant transitions: La Hacienda closing for renovations, end near for Silvek's, Raduno expands menu

posted: 05/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

La Hacienda, 3024 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, has announced it will close starting June for renovations -- a major face-lift for kitchen and dining room -- and planning to reopen in mid-August. Fernando Alvarez says he's waiting on his architects to establish the exact dates. The phone number is (501) 661-0600. This won't affect the two other central Arkansas La Haciendas -- the original, 3836 Central Ave., Hot Springs, and in the Ferguson Plaza Shopping Center, 17401 Interstate 30 (on the frontage road), Benton, which will remain open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. And two other central Arkansas Alvarez family scions will still be serving: Cotijas, 406 Louisiana St., Little Rock, and the newly resurrected La Casa Real, 3700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Four Quarter raises bar on food

posted: 05/26/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Somewhere along my life's course I read that outside of the essentials a man needs three things in life: a barber, a lawyer and a favorite bar.

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posted: 05/26/2016 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. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bargain means a meal (without beverage or dessert) typically less than $12. Moderate: $12-$25. Expensive: $25 and up.

Restaurant transitions: The Afterthought closed, sold to Mylo owner; Dave & Buster's targets June opening

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Wednesday was the last day of operation for The Afterthought Bistro & Bar, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd., at the center of Little Rock's Hillcrest neighborhood. Owner/manager Richard Muse says he has sold the business to his neighbor, Stephanos Mylonas, who operates Mylo Coffee Co. next door. Mylonas says things are at too early a stage to discuss specifics on what he plans to do with the space, but he'll put out a full release when he's ready.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Ceci's Chicken & Waffles in North Little Rock

posted: 05/19/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Maybe there's hope yet for the lowly chicken gizzard. Sure, there's that unappetizing name, but in a dining age when sweetbreads (the thymus or pancreas of calves or lambs) and head cheese (jellied calf or pig head meat) are haute cuisine for adventurous diners, maybe the gizzard's turn in the spotlight is coming soon.

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posted: 05/19/2016 1:49 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: The Shack to open with new name; Waffle Wagon closing

posted: 05/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

This week marks the second anniversary -- exactly two years almost to the day -- of the first announcement via the website, theshackisback.com, about the pending resurrection of The Shack in a papered-over storefront at 402 E. Third St. in Little Rock's River Market District that previously, very briefly, housed the stationary incarnation of Michael Juliano's Hot Dog Mike. And now we have the scoop, direct from co-owner Tim Chappell (also owner, by the way, of nearby Gusano's Chicago-Style Pizzeria), on just what and a good idea of when.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: La Madeleine's? Oui, oui!

posted: 05/12/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

La Mads has been la madhouse.

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posted: 05/12/2016 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. 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: Taco Beer Burrito opening; Little Rock Chick-fil-A closed but new location promised

posted: 05/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Gallery Comment 1

Taco Beer Burrito opens today in time for Cinco de Mayo, next door to Blue Canoe Brewing Co. in the former Brown Sugar Bakeshop space, 419 E. Third St., Little Rock. Arkansas Online reports the taproom/Mexican restaurant will incorporate Blue Canoe's beers into the tacos and burritos, according to co-owner Ida Cowan: "It's kind of like street trucks but indoors," she said of the food selection. "Our meat is going to be chuck roast, beef and chicken, and that's slow cooked for six to eight hours in our beers." The menu, which includes gluten-free and vegetarian options, will offer three tacos, four burritos, four salsas, a yellow cheese dip and two desserts, plus four kinds of margaritas on tap. Hours will be the same as the brewery: 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-8 p.m. Sunday, with eventual plans to open for lunch. Call (501) 246-5315 or visit the Blue Canoe Facebook page.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Sonny's beef over the moon

posted: 05/05/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Our beef with Sonny Williams' Steak Room has never been with its beef. It's the way the kitchen accents it that we've had issues.

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posted: 05/05/2016 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. 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: Sonny Williams' remodeled, La Casa Real reopened, Mother's Day specials

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

We reported a few months back that Andy Agar, founder of Sonny Williams' Steak Room in the Museum Center, 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, had bought the restaurant back. The fruits of his "homecoming" have begun to surface. The restaurant recently underwent a remodel, and now has two separate private dining areas to accommodate parties of 10-55, separated from the main dining room by floor-to-ceiling partitions with "rich wood and beveled glass," according to a news release. That's in addition to an indoor patio private dining area that serves 34 that's been there since the restaurant opened in 1999. A new, red-tufted leather "celebrity booth" provides intimacy for up to a party of six.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Bash better as a food truck

posted: 04/28/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

We don't want to bash Bash Burger Co.

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posted: 04/28/2016 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.

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