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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.

Getting it straight

updated: 04/22/2016 2:31 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Restaurant transitions: Terry’s reopening, pizzeria's move, Juice Leaf in downtown Little Rock

posted: 04/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Comments 4

Lex Golden, co-owner of Terry's Finer Foods -- The Restaurant, 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, initially said, and we reported last week, that he expected the restaurant to be closed for several weeks while he sorted out a staffing crisis precipitated by the departure of chef Jeffrey Moore, who returned to Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some. Now Golden says new chef Cassidy Johnson "has moved more quickly than we expected, and the restaurant will have a 'soft re-opening' [this] Friday and Saturday night. Seating will be limited and by reservation only." Make 'em by email via lex@terrysfinerfoods.com, on Yelp at Terry's The Restaurant, or leave a message at the phone number, (501) 664-4154.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Chef sets up fresh Table 28

posted: 04/21/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Table 28 used to be, well, pretty cavelike.

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posted: 04/21/2016 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.

Restaurant transitions: Terry’s restaurant closed, La Madeleine opening April 21

posted: 04/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The departure last week of chef Jeffrey Moore from Terry's Finer Foods -- The Restaurant, 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, precipitated a closure of the restaurant for what the voice-mail message on the restaurant's phone number, (501) 663-4154, said would be a couple of days, due to "staffing issues." In fact, the restaurant has closed for an indefinite period. Terry's co-owners Lex and Ellen Golden are using the situation to start making changes "that have been in the works for some time," Lex Golden says, including "retooling [the] dining room, kitchen and staff over the next few weeks." The closure has not affected the adjoining Terry's Finer Foods grocery and deli, which is staying open seven days a week, or the independently owned and operated The Pizzeria @ Terry's Finer Foods on the building's south side.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Leaf's Indian flavors curry favor

posted: 04/14/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

In 2011, Banana Leaf (named for the wide foliage used as a serving platter in south India) entered a food truck scene then dominated by burritos and hot dogs. It parked near the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and established a bustling lunch business, catering to the hospital's staff and students, which include a significant Indian minority.

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posted: 04/14/2016 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

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Cafe hits spot @ the Corner

posted: 04/07/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

There's a restaurant space at the corner of Scott and East Markham streets (a block east of Main; another block east and you'll be on President Clinton Avenue and in the River Market).

Restaurant transitions: Southern Gourmasian expanding hours, Grady's opening soon

posted: 04/07/2016 1:46 a.m. Comments 2

The "Grady's" signs are up and lighted on the building exterior, and we'd love to give everyone a target opening date for the second location for Grady's Pizza & Subs, in the former Ponchitos Mexican Grill in the Kmart parking lot, 10901 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. But we can't. The managers at the original location (6801 W. 12th St., Little Rock) say they don't have a clue, and by deadline, nobody returned a message we left on the voicemail at the number they gave us -- (501) 904-2822.

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posted: 04/07/2016 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.

Restaurant transitions: Three Sam's BBQ Joint a total loss, Root Cafe expanding

posted: 03/31/2016 5:45 a.m. Gallery Comment 1

The Little Rock fire marshal declared Three Sam's BBQ Joint, 10508 Mann Road, Mabelvale, a total loss after a Monday afternoon fire. Arkansas Online reports the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters said they think it may have been caused by the meat smoker located on the side of the building. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire, and no one was reported injured.

REVIEW: Taco Bell's breakfast bang for buck

posted: 03/31/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Earlier this month, Taco Bell launched its $1 Morning Value Menu.

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