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Restaurant Transitions: The Pizzeria reopening; Sweet Soul moving; Jerky's taking 'extended break'

posted: 12/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Friday marks the long-awaited reopening of The Pizzeria, formerly the Pizzeria @ Terry's Finer Foods (and before that, when it was still a food truck, Pizzeria Santa Lucia), 4910 Kavanaugh Blvd., a block away from its former location, in Little Rock's Pulaski Heights. The city of Little Rock issued a certificate of occupancy last week to close a long-delayed permitting process. Pizza hours are 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday and 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday (the bar will stay open one hour longer). The restaurant phone number remains (501) 551-1388.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Green Leaf branch bright, tasty

posted: 12/01/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

There are plenty of places to eat in downtown Little Rock. There are relatively few options, however, for folks who want to eat "healthy."

Restaurant Transitions: Expanded list of places open on Thanksgiving

posted: 11/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

With somewhat early deadlines because of the holiday, we're still in a slight limbo on the long-delayed opening of the David's Burgers outlet in eastern end cap of the River Market's Ottenheimer Market Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Diana Long, director of River Market operations for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, said last week the new target is sometime between Friday and Dec. 1. Our burger breath is bated.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Pie Five swift with swell eats

posted: 11/24/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Now the shopping season starts popping.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Canvas still artwork in progress

posted: 11/17/2016 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

The name of the restaurant at the Arkansas Arts Center has been, since there has been a restaurant at the Arts Center, historically clever and art related.

Restaurant Transitions: List of places open on Thanksgiving

posted: 11/17/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

There was considerable sadness a couple of weeks ago when Nancy Tesmer announced she was shutting down Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some and its weekend breakfast/brunch alter ego, B-Side, in the Market Place Shopping Center, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Now Tesmer says B-Side will survive, thanks to a pair of longtime patrons, a couple who by deadline are still wishing to remain anonymous, who have bought the restaurant and are looking to reopen it as B-Side only, on or about Dec. 1, serving breakfast, lunch and brunch, six or seven days a week. Tesmer says she's temporarily putting on hold plans to return to her hometown, Chicago, to become caretaker for her 88-year-old aunt in order to consult with the new owners on the menu (which she says will likely return to the breadth of its glory days) and other details.

Selected restaurants

posted: 11/17/2016 1:53 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: New central Arkansas Chick-fil-A; Pei Wei to offer free food for year prize

posted: 11/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

After fielding several reports and rumors about the approach of a Chick-fil-A on Maumelle Boulevard in Maumelle that we had been consistently unable to verify, comes now an Oct. 27 resolution from the Maumelle City Council approving a Maumelle Planning Commission preliminary development plan for that very Chick-fil-A for the patch of property next door to the Walgreens. That seems pretty definite.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Hideaway Pizza not shy on toppings

posted: 11/10/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

Hideaway Pizza, a recent export from Oklahoma, is a bit less earthshaking and a lot more welcome than the 5.0 tremor that shook the region last week.

Selected restaurants

posted: 11/10/2016 1:53 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: Lilly’s Dim Sum, B-Side closing in west Little Rock; Terry’s Finer Foods the Restaurant opening soon

posted: 11/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some, in the Market Place Shopping Center, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, is closing. Owner Nancy Tesmer says she's headed back to Chicago to become caretaker for her 88-year-old aunt and is shutting down her 15-year-old establishment this week. The restaurant has already stopped serving lunch but will be open for dinner through Sunday; B-Side, Tesmer's weekend breakfast-brunch side operation, will serve up its last meals 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tesmer, with then-partner Kathy Webb, had operated Lilly's in Memphis' Cooper-Young Historic District; Webb opened a daughter house in Little Rock, her hometown, in the River Market in 2002 and the west Little Rock branch a few months later. Webb left the business in 2011. Tesmer posted this message on the restaurant's Facebook page: "The staff and I thank you for your years of support. It's been fun for me feeding you, listening, laughing, crying. I hope I brought a difference." The restaurant phone number is (501) 716-2700.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Prospect, new sports bar in Little Rock's Heights neighborhood

posted: 11/03/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

God bless the person who first decided to slather pimento cheese on a burger.

Selected restaurants

posted: 11/03/2016 1:52 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: a meal (without beverage or dessert) typically less than $12. Moderate" $12 to $25. Expensive: $25 and up.

Restaurant Transitions: International bakery coming to Arkansas; MarketPlace Grill closed in Little Rock

posted: 10/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

Springdale-based MarketPlace Concepts, LLC has closed the Little Rock outlet of MarketPlace Grill, 11600 Pleasant Ridge Road. Company Managing Member Dave Godwin explains in a news release: "Although the restaurant was enthusiastically welcomed to the Little Rock market in the fall of 2014 and has continued to be a favorite dining choice for many in the area, the company has decided to close the restaurant and focus on its high volume locations in Conway and Springdale" -- which recently underwent a major makeover -- "as well as its full-service catering business." The website, if you need it, is marketplacegrill.com.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Eats to ambience, JJ's is manly

posted: 10/27/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

One can tell by the blaring music, the wait for a table and folksy menu lingo (Green Thangs for salads, Sweet Stuff for desserts) that laid-back JJ's Grill is a good-time place.

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