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Restaurant Transitions: David's Burgers River Market opening delayed; Your Pie coming to Arkansas

posted: 10/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

The best laid plans of mice, men and restaurateurs gang aft agley. Case in point: the passing of a once-planned Oct. 1 opening for the long-delayed David's Burgers outlet in the eastern end cap of the River Market's Ottenheimer Market Hall, 400 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. The folks at the Maumelle headquarters aren't commenting on a new target opening date, but Diana Long, director of River Market operations for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, says it's going to be somewhere in the vicinity of Thanksgiving.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: CM Smoke's meat a cut above

posted: 10/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

CM Smoke Artisan BBQ, a mom-and-pop restaurant in a strip mall on Jacksonville's Main Street, prides itself on lovingly smoking a variety of meats low and slow over a wood-fire pit out back. The house-made dry rubs and four sauces include vinegary, hot and sweet.

Restaurant Transitions: New sushi restaurant in Argenta waiting to open; new Pei Wei; taco chain expands

posted: 10/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

The original Oct. 1 target opening date has passed, and owner-chef Kiyen Kim, who also brought you Kiyens Seafood Steak and Sushi, 17200 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, says he's waiting on the city permitting process before he opens the doors of his Kamikaito by Kiyens in the former Good Food by Ferneau/Argenta Market space, Sixth and Main streets, North Little Rock. Kim says the menu will be similar to the one at Kiyens -- sushi, hibachi meals and Asian-fusion entrees ( for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, possibly a little higher-end to match the neighborhood, but denies early rumors that he has been planning things like Korean-style pizza or Asian-fusion hot dogs. The new establishment does not, as far as we can tell, yet have a listed phone number; the one at the west Little Rock restaurant is (501) 821-7272.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Asia Buffet in west Little Rock getting warmer

posted: 10/13/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Hopes have been high for the new Asia Buffet Sushi, Grill, BBQ, in west Little Rock's Market Place Shopping Center, mostly because of the amount of space it takes up -- four storefronts in the east side of a double strip center divided by Market Street -- and the fancy decor passersby could spot through the windows as the place was in the process of being put together.


posted: 10/13/2016 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. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Restaurant Transitions: Midtown IHOP demolished; The Pizzeria update; McMuffins all day

posted: 10/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

This week has seen the demolition of the Midtown IHOP, 101 N. University Ave. at West Markham Street, Little Rock. Franchisee Susan P. North, who, with a business partner, operates nine other Arkansas IHOPs under the banner Golden Cakes Inc., says they'll rebuild it from the ground up.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: At Bruno's, sandwiches superb

posted: 10/06/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Let's not forget that simple is good.


posted: 10/06/2016 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: Hideaway Pizza to debut soon; new Pie Five Pizza, Chick-fil-A open now

posted: 09/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Oct. 10 is the firm opening date for Tulsa-based Hideaway Pizza's first non-Oklahoma outlet at 5103 Warden Road, North Little Rock (next to Chuy's, on the west access road for U.S. 67/167). Hours are 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The decor will include "images of wildly painted Volkswagen Beetles, new and vintage kites, large-scale collage art and the board game Pente," according to a news release. "The dining area features a colorful, two-sided, 4-foot-by-24-foot collage created for The Natural State, incorporating photos submitted by local residents. There will be seating for 186, a full bar with 20 beers on tap, including craft beer selections from Arkansas breweries Core Brewing Co., Diamond Bear Brewing Co., Lost Forty Brewing and Stone's Throw Brewing, and Oklahoma breweries COOP Ale Works and Marshall Brewing Co." They're also looking to open a restaurant in Conway in the spring. The phone number is (501) 270-7777; the website,

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Little Rock's Zam Zam has zest and zeal

posted: 09/29/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

There's good news and bad news about the storefront in the Galleria shopping center on North Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock that has recently been housing Middle Eastern restaurants.

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posted: 09/29/2016 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.

Restaurant Transitions: New burger food truck; fire at Midtown Billiards; Stoby's reopening progress

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

There was a lot of talk at the farewell dinner for 1620/1620 Savoy, 1620 Market St., Little Rock, a couple of weeks ago about what was going to happen to the building. Now we know that Jim Keet and his family, who operate three current and one pending area Taziki's restaurants, have bought the building, contents and equipment from Rush Harding III in a deal set to be consummated today. And he has formed a working partnership with a Little Rock culinary legend -- Louis Petit, who has been in Florida for several years helping his son Louis Petit Jr. with the popular and aptly named Louis Louis on the Gulf Coast near Destin. Petit, of course, started out at Jacques and Suzanne's, and ran or was involved in several area restaurants, including Piccolo and Cafe Prego.

REVIEW: Honey Pies in Little Rock a sweet choice

posted: 09/22/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Sometimes you just want pie.

Restaurant Transitions: The Pizzeria opening soon; new sports bar in the Heights

posted: 09/15/2016 5:28 a.m. Comment 1

Following up on our report last week on the closure of the Wendy's at 4600 Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock, that also mentioned the closure of an outlet on Cantrell Road in Little Rock, colleague Jennifer Christman caught up with Wendy's marketing director, Nan Trammell, who explained, "Our leases were up for those stores. We have also closed ... Geyer Springs. The stores we closed are 40 years old, so we are looking for new locations like we did on Cantrell. We have a newer store on Baseline [Road] and are remodeling McCain [Boulevard in North Little Rock]. Those stores needed to be completely redone to keep them open." Meanwhile, we've received as-yet unconfirmed reports that the Little Caesar's Pizza currently on the other side of Camp Robinson Road will move in, thereby acquiring a drive-through window.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Core good for what ales you

updated: 09/15/2016 1:12 p.m. Discuss

The great country songwriter Tom T. Hall released a song in 1975 titled "I Like Beer," a rollicking number whose rhythm and words evoke a honky-tonk sing-along complete with sloshing pint glasses.




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