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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


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Trees on streets pretty and practical, group says

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John Baker doesn't exactly hug trees, but he does plant them.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Takei, 'Octuba,' ASO chamber on week's entertainment list

posted: 10/23/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Actor and social activist George Takei will discuss his early years in an Arkansas internment camp during World War II and share stories about his five-decade entertainment career, role in pop culture and passion for equality in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

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.


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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Brock McGuire Band offers mix of music styles at UALR

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The Brock McGuire Band -- fronted by Moving Cloud co-founders Paul Brock, button accordion and melodeon, and Manus McGuire, fiddle -- performs Irish music with a sprinkling of American old-time, bluegrass, French-Canadian and other Celtic traditions, 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, part of the music department's Artspree series.

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

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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

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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.


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COMEDY: Bob Newhart still standing up for comedy, laughing at life

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No stool or a chair for Bob Newhart when he performs on stage. After nearly 60 years as a standup comedian, he still stands up.


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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: 'Tales of the Crypt' returns with haunted history tours

posted: 10/09/2016 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Students from Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School don period costumes and impersonate the "residents" of a historic Little Rock graveyard in the 22nd annual "Tales of the Crypt," 5:45-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Holly Cemetery, 1200 Broadway, Little Rock.




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