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2 vendors set to leave food hall in Little Rock's River Market

posted: 02/19/2018 11:37 a.m. Comment 1

Two food vendors at Ottenheimer Market Hall in Little Rock’s River Market are set to leave.

Restaurant Transitions: West Little Rock steakhouse, seafood restaurant moving; The Shack to open in River Market

updated: 02/15/2018 3:04 p.m. Discuss

Restaurateur Jerry Barakat says he is finalizing a lease agreement to move his contiguous Little Rock restaurants, Arthur's Prime Steakhouse and its seafood-based sibling, Oceans at Arthur's, from the Village at Rahling Road, 27 Rahling Circle, into the vacant Riverside Acura and Subaru dealership, about two miles south, at 16100 Chenal Parkway.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: 2 new poke eateries in downtown Little Rock

posted: 02/15/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Central Arkansas can be as much as two years behind any national trend in fashion or food, which sort of explains why we're sort of suddenly getting poke-d.

Restaurant Transitions: Southern Gourmasian eatery, truck closed; Tacos 4 Life in North Little Rock; Valentine’s Day specials

posted: 02/08/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

Southern Gourmasian, 219 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, has closed. The place was dark and unoccupied Monday during business hours -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m. -- and while the phone still had not been disconnected as of Monday, the number -- (501) 313-5645 -- only returned a boilerplate voicemail message during business hours as well. Owner-chef Justin Patterson, who converted a wildly successful food truck business into a downtown storefront in 2015, confirmed that Saturday was their last day of operation, and that they've also shut down the food truck as well. He says they'd been planning to leave the storefront for some time, in part because of problems with the very old building. "We finally got some legal issues worked out for plans to leave the space," he explains, and that a planned new location fell through. He says he and business partner C.C. Key are looking to come back with a possible new concept: "We're working on some stuff right now."

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Spa City's Cafe 1217 a hot tamale

posted: 02/08/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Opened by chef Diana Bratton in 1997, Cafe 1217 has carved out a niche by serving fresh, slightly upscale, somewhat eclectic lunches and dinners.

Restaurant Transitions: KFC in west Little Rock rebuilding; Macaroni Grill closed; Saltgrass Steak House opens

updated: 02/01/2018 2:38 p.m. Comments 3

Foundation construction appears to have gotten underway in the lot at 100 Markham Park Drive, Little Rock, which had been the home of Little Rock's sole remaining KFC outlet before a March fire destroyed it. We reported in June that KFC Rock LLC, an Edmond, Okla., firm that spent almost $1.2 million last month to buy the lot, had filed a plumbing permit with the state Health Department, but the site had been idle since. We've also encountered some confusion based on a Daylight Donuts banner that has been hanging on the fencing; that business opened around April 1 in the building next door at 102 Markham Park Drive. Little Rock has been without a KFC since the fire; fans of its fried chicken and other fare have been driving considerable distances -- closest locations include 4400 Camp Robinson, North Little Rock; 8350 Warden Road, Sherwood; and 20704 Arkansas 365 North, just off the Morgan-Maumelle exit of Interstate 40, Maumelle.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Have a ball dining at downtown Little Rock's new Dust Bowl

posted: 02/01/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

This is "Totcho" average bowling alley.

Restaurant Transitions: Casey's Bar-B-Q, Saltgrass Steak House set Little Rock openings; Belle Arti closes

posted: 01/25/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

We've got many more details on what to expect from the once-and-future Casey's Bar-B-Q, which closed in 2005 on Little Rock's Reservoir Road and is coming back in the former Arkansas Burger Co. building, 7410 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. It's still a family operation -- David Henry, son of Casey's co-founder Dorine Henry, holds the title "managing member"; his two children, Mary, 25, and Johnny Henry, 22, are the owners, and "my sister, Diane Henry Williamson, will be helping out on catering and training," he says. They're looking to open Feb. 14 "with a couple soft openings before then," and you'll find "most everything that was on the menu before" on the menu now, with the addition of smoked baked potatoes. Hours will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The phone hasn't been plugged in yet, so we don't yet have a number.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Terrace in Little Rock still has it after all these years

posted: 01/25/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Terrace has been around since 1982, and it has gone through a few locations and incarnations since Jerry Barakat, along with his then wife Terry, first opened its doors.

Restaurant Transitions: Lunch ends at Bruno's; Arkansas Italian Food Festival; Cantina Cinco de Mayo coming to downtown

posted: 01/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Friday was the last day of lunch service for Bruno's Little Italy, 310 Main St., Little Rock. Co-owner Gio Bruno explains that, "Because we do everything from scratch, the amount of extra prep and the amount of payroll to accomplish that (as well as having line cooks, servers and hosts each day)," they've never been able to make a profit in their yearlong experiment with lunch. Lack of available daytime parking has also been a factor, he suggests: "At night we have free valet parking, but in the daytime, if there is the slightest bit of [inclement] weather, we lose all our walk-in business." They've returned to dinner-only hours, 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The phone number is (501) 372-7866.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: New items keep Little Rock's Faded Rose vibrant

posted: 01/18/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

New Orleans native Ed David opened The Faded Rose in May 1982, and the restaurant is quickly nearing its 35th anniversary of serving high-quality New Orleans-style steaks and what its website quietly boasts is "traditional Creole comfort food."

Restaurant Transitions: North Little Rock sports bar closes; Casey's Bar-B-Q sets Little Rock opening; Chili's moving

posted: 01/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Fox & Hound in North Little Rock's Lakewood Village Shopping Center, 2800 Lakewood Village Drive, has closed. "RIP" was the sports bar's Facebook page terse Jan. 3 post. And the gentleman who answered the phone last week -- (501) 753-8300 -- confirmed the closure.

RESTAURANT REVIEW + PHOTOS: Views enhance Agasi 7's rooftop food in downtown Little Rock

posted: 01/11/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The Kitchen part of Agasi 7 Rooftop Bar + Kitchen, atop downtown Little Rock's Hilton Garden Inn, didn't have us raising the roof.

Restaurant Transitions: Cantina set for former Jerky's site; Aloha Poke now Ohia Poke

posted: 01/04/2018 2 a.m. Discuss

We now have a partial handle on what's going into the former Jerky's Spicy Chicken and More space, 521 Center St., Little Rock: It'll be a downtown outlet for Cantina Cinco De Mayo, a growing mini chain that also has two other Little Rock restaurants, on Rahling Circle and on Stagecoach Road, plus one in Bryant and one pending in Benton.

Age 11, Copper Grill is well burnished

posted: 01/04/2018 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Copper is a noble element, associated with Aphrodite, the love goddess (mother of Eros/Cupid) whom the Romans called Venus and the Babylonians Ishtar. This is fitting for this most sensuous metal, with its warm glow and conductivity -- copper delivers heat and electricity.

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