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Restaurant transitions: Flint’s open downtown; Ira's delayed; TAE expanding hours; Red Robin updates

updated: 07/12/2018 4:02 p.m. Discuss

Flint's Just Like Mom's Home Cooking, opened Monday on schedule in the ground-floor space in the Union Plaza Building, West Capitol Avenue and Louisiana Street, Little Rock (formerly Sufficient Grounds Cafe). Owner Flint Fanoy will be serving breakfast weekdays 6:45-10:45 a.m. and lunch (including a meat-and-two-sides plate lunch) from 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m.; he'll keep his grill and fryer open until 5 p.m. for catering, so you can drop by until then and snag a burger or some chicken wings but you won't get full service. The phone number is (501) 502-0100.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Breakfast rises, shines at downtown Little Rock's Sports Page

posted: 07/12/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

At Sports Page, the beloved, long-running bar and grill in downtown Little Rock, there is a Sufficient Grounds chalkboard hanging on the wall near the cash register with a menu and price list of drinks.

Restaurant transitions: Viva Vegan closing, Blue Sage Vegan opening soon; Which Wich closes; DQ Grill & Chill grand opening set

updated: 07/05/2018 2:56 p.m. Comment 1

Viva Vegan is having to vacate its brick and mortar space at 4601 W. 12th St., Little Rock, where it has been operating for a year, according to a Facebook post: "We love our neighbors and are sad to say that we will be relocating to another spot in Little Rock. The person responsible for repairs on this building refuses to tend to issues that are health and safety hazards along with general negligence of the property. Our customers' health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. We are currently searching for a new space. ... During this time we will be doing pop-ups, events, and catering. We hope you'll continue to support us during this difficult time. We are working around the clock to get back to feeding y'all on a daily basis. P.S. Any leads for a new location or events we can pop up at would be greatly appreciated!" Contact them via the Facebook page, facebook.com/vivaveganfood.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Cathead's almost purrfection

posted: 07/05/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

You probably have seen, read or heard some of the pre-opening hype for Cathead's Diner, which opened a few weeks ago in a former paint factory on Shall Avenue in Little Rock's developing so-called East Village.

Restaurant transitions: Applebee’s in North Little Rock closed; Zin shutting doors on Saturday; TAE now open

updated: 06/28/2018 1:08 p.m. Discuss

The Applebee's Grill & Bar location at 4333 Warden Road, North Little Rock, which opened in 1993, closed last week -- its last day was June 19 -- and a call to the phone number, (501) 791-3300, produces this recorded message: "This restaurant is closed. For nearby locations, please visit our website at aggrestaurants.com." That's the site for Raleigh, N.C.-based Apple Gold Group, which holds Applebee's franchisees in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas, and still lists it among four Arkansas locations. The others: 12110 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock -- (501) 954-8444; 17348 Interstate 30, Benton -- (501) 778-4114; and 4426 Central Ave., Hot Springs -- (501) 525-2774.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Tiny Taqueria in Sherwood is big on flavor

posted: 06/28/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Many of us are familiar with the phrase "big things come in small packages," and in the case of the diminutive Taqueria El Primo in Sherwood, those big things are taste, quality and value.

Wine bar in downtown Little Rock set to close

posted: 06/26/2018 8:54 a.m. Comments 3

A wine bar in downtown Little Rock will shut its doors at the end of this month, its owners announced on Facebook.

RESTAURANT INSPECTIONS: Food kept in restroom; black mold on ice machine; dirt on drink nozzles; 'no one has washed their hands' + more observations at LR-area sites

updated: 06/22/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The latest Arkansas Department of Health restaurant inspection reports features observed violations at Santo Coyote, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Istanbul, Senor Tequila, Bruno's Little Italy and Zam Zam International Market Grill, among others.

Restaurant transitions: Pasta J’s to close for Villa revival; 2 new downtown restaurants set to open; 1 Whole Hog Cafe closing

updated: 06/21/2018 3:05 p.m. Comments 5

Tracye Thomason and David Whitt, owners of Pasta J's West, 14004 Taylor Loop Road, Little Rock, have gotten together with Ken Shivey to at long last revive The Villa of late lamented memory. The restaurant will, as of the first week of August, morph into The Villa West, using Shivey's recipes, and bringing back many of the Villa dishes, appetizers and side items.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: How to spell great BBQ: Casey's

posted: 06/21/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Cue the "Hallelujah Chorus": Casey's 'cue is back.

Restaurant transitions: Chi’s Dim Sum in west Little Rock closing, will consolidate with 'sibling'; vegan bistro set for River Market

updated: 06/14/2018 2:54 p.m. Discuss

Within the next couple of weeks, the Chi family will close its flagship Chi's Dim Sum & Bistro, 6 Shackleford Drive, Little Rock, overlooking the Markham-Shackleford intersection, and will move it west and consolidate it with Chi's Fine Chinese Cuisine, 17200 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock. Just how much of the menu will move along with it is still not certain, but paterfamilias Bill Chi says the move will include at least some of the dim sum items, for which Chi's has been pretty much the only source in the region and which draw a good-sized Asian customer base on weekends.

2018 RESTAURANTS: Updated guide to central Arkansas eateries that opened, closed this year

updated: 06/11/2018 7:04 a.m. Discuss

A roundup of this year's top food news in Little Rock and North Little Rock as well as surrounding areas of central Arkansas.

Restaurant transitions: Del Frisco’s closing in west Little Rock; Arthur’s and Oceans at Arthur’s moving; Cathead’s to debut in East Village

updated: 06/07/2018 5:40 p.m. Discuss

Del Frisco's Grille, in the Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, is closing. A restaurant worker confirmed Tuesday morning to Arkansas Online that its last day in business will be Sunday. It has been the only Arkansas location for the Southlake, Texas-based chain (a junior cousin of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House), which opened in September 2015. The phone number is (501) 448-2631.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: West Little Rock's Sauce(d) fired up about adult pizza

posted: 06/07/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Edgy and ambitious, Sauce(d) Bar and Oven is nothing like Cicis, the last pizza tenant in the space in Little Rock's Market Place Shopping Center.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Little Rock eatery's vegan food finger-lickin' good

posted: 05/31/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Finding the veggie-soul-food kitchen MeMe's Twisted Potato and More in Little Rock is not difficult, as long as you don't go looking for a sign.

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