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Eric E. Harrison

Features Reporter/Columnist

Features reporter, columnist

Recent Stories by Eric E. Harrison

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Casey’s Bar-B-Q coming to Cantrell; Hanaroo Sushi open after move; Agave Grill closed

posted: 12/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

A sign in front of the former Arkansas Burger Company building, 7410 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, says it's soon to be the home of Casey's Bar-B-Q. We do not yet know, but are checking to find out, whether it is, in fact, the reincarnation of the Casey's Bar-B-Q on Little Rock's Reservoir Road, which caused great wailing and gnashing of teeth when it closed after 22 years of business in 2005.

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Shorty Small's gets a needed face-lift

posted: 12/14/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

In 1980, the shack-like restaurant on North Rodney Parham Road that had been a sort of poor cousin to Anderson's Cajun's Wharf was reborn as Shorty Small's, complete with a fictional back story for the restaurant's fictional namesake.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 12/14/2017 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Amen for ramen: Reconsider the student staple at a handful of Little Rock restaurants — and at least one hospital

posted: 12/12/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Most people think of ramen as a diet staple for impoverished college students, five-for-a-dollar plastic-wrapped instant noodles with seasoning packets that they can make in a minute in a microwave.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

posted: 12/12/2017 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

Susan Weinstein

posted: 12/10/2017 2:31 a.m. Discuss

In the 1960s and ’70s, while Sue Weinstein was earning her doctoral degree in veterinary medicine at Cornell University, she had a part-time job that was, you might say, a “waste” of time.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: LeAnn Rimes, Irish band on the bill at Walton Center

posted: 12/10/2017 2:14 a.m. Discuss

Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes performs hits, past and current, plus traditional and original seasonal songs from her trio of Christmas albums in her "Today Is Christmas" concert tour, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Dixie Cafes, Dickey's Barbecue Pit closed; Zaxby's on Kanis now open

posted: 12/07/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 2

Wednesday was the last day of operation for all nine Dixie Cafe restaurants in Arkansas and eight Dixie Cafe and Delta Cafe restaurants in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Dixie Restaurants Inc. CEO Allan Roberts said Monday in a news release, while thanking patrons, management and staff, that "After over 35 years in business, we have decided that we must close our restaurants. It is a very difficult operating environment for full-service, family-oriented restaurants. We have seen declining sales combined with increasing costs that has made this difficult decision necessary." Dixie Restaurants Inc. staff are also losing their jobs.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Annie Moses Band, Voces8 among state music offerings

posted: 12/03/2017 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Folk-classical crossover ensemble the Annie Moses Band will give two Arkansas performances of "Christmas With the Annie Moses Band":

RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Cock of the Walk closed; Copper Grill changing; Freddy's in west Little Rock opening soon

posted: 11/30/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

Cock of the Walk, 7103 Cock of the Walk Drive off Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock, has definitely closed, not temporarily, but for good. We reported a couple of weeks ago that the down-home catfish restaurant's Facebook page sorrowfully told patrons, "Thank you all for the wonderful years, but sadly we are closed," but that the phone number, (501) 758-7182, returned a voicemail message that the restaurant would be closed only until Nov. 15. That phone number has now been disconnected, the Maumelle Boulevard-side marquee sign says "closed," and beneath it is a banner of the same size that says "For Sale: Restaurant and Land."

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