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Eric E. Harrison

Features Reporter/Columnist

Features reporter, columnist

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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.


posted: 09/29/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

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High Profile: Richard Abe Williams

posted: 09/25/2016 2:50 a.m. Discuss

If things had happened slightly differently, Dick Williams' byline might have appeared on the front page of a Texas sports section, perhaps just as prominent as those of Skip Bayless and the late Blackie Sherrod.

Entertainment notes: Georgian pianist to perform LR recital, concerto, sonata

posted: 09/25/2016 2:29 a.m. Discuss

Georgian pianist Elisso Bolkvadze, a UNESCO Artist for Peace, will give a recital at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Roosevelt Thompson Auditorium at Central High School, 1500 S. Park Ave., Little Rock. The program will include the Piano Sonata No. 17 in B-flat major, K.570, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Impromptus No. 2, 3 and 4, D.899, by Franz Schubert; L'Isle joyeuse by Claude Debussy; and the Piano Sonata No. 2, op.14, by Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets are $20, $5 for students, free for Central High School students (reserve by calling the Arkansas Symphony box office). All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Symphony Youth Ensembles and Central High School's music department. Call (501) 666-1761, Extension 100, or visit the website,

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.


posted: 09/22/2016 1:49 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Blind ambition: 40-year-old sightless musician takes ballet lessons for all the right moves

posted: 09/20/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Elizabeth Whitaker is not like the rest of Rebecca Mala's beginning ballet students.


posted: 09/20/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

MUSIC REVIEW: Chorus brings down house in new home

posted: 09/19/2016 3:06 a.m. Discuss

The River City Men's Chorus's Sunday performance was certainly aptly named.




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