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RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Flint's focus now chicken at 1 location

Activity at Franke’s doesn’t signal return by Eric E. Harrison | June 24, 2021 at 6:49 a.m.
Fried chicken will be the focus when Flint's Just Like Mom's becomes Flint's Southern Fried Chicken next week. (Democrat-Gazette file photo/Eric E. Harrison)

Flint Flenoy is turning chicken.

Flenoy is converting his Flint's Just Like Mom's, in the Union Plaza Building, 124 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, into Flint's Southern Fried Chicken, on or about July 5. The menu will center on Flenoy's brag-worthy fried chicken, but will include "everything with chicken," including six chicken-centered salads, wraps, sandwiches, pastas, chicken tacos and whatever Flenoy will offer for his daily plate lunch — and yes, that'll sometimes mean chicken and dumplings.

He cites the still-slow pace of downtown workers returning for the change, which means he'll scrap the restaurant's current breakfast; operating hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays. (501) 502-0100; the Facebook page is facebook.com/FlintsFood.

Flenoy will continue operating his two other restaurants, Flint's at the Regions, on the ground floor of the Regions Building, 400 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, and Flint's at the Flight Deck in the Central Flying Service flight training facility, 2301 Crisp Drive, Little Rock.

The "temporarily closed" sign at Franke's Cafeteria isn't new — it's been there since at least late May 2020. (Democrat-Gazette file photo/Eric E. Harrison)
The "temporarily closed" sign at Franke's Cafeteria isn't new — it's been there since at least late May 2020. (Democrat-Gazette file photo/Eric E. Harrison)

Several eagle-eyed readers have spotted work of some kind going on at the defunct Franke's Cafeteria in the Market Place Shopping Center, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. And the "for lease" sign that had been on the side of the building since July is now gone. No, we don't know what, if anything, is going in there; we have not seen either a permit from the state Health Department for plumbing work or a construction permit from the Little Rock Planning Commission, the usual indications that there is a restaurant in progress. In any case, though not impossible, it is unlikely that whatever is happening portends the return of Franke's. And for those who hold out hope based on the sign on the Rodney Parham side that says "temporarily closed" — that's been there since at least the end of May 2020.

Speaking of Health Department permits, our search did turn up one for Status Playground Bar, 824 W. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, formerly Dave & Ray's, which opened Saturday. Front man Cameron Fowler describes it as "an adult playground bar," celebrating a "'90s era childhood," with seesaws and various games in the back. Up front, the menu, by Tasty Chef Catering, includes turkey legs, burgers, catfish, crawfish, egg rolls and tacos — and they are doing Taco Tuesday specials. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 812-3889; the Facebook page is facebook.com/StatusBarLR.

Mockingbird Bar & Tacos, 1220 Main St., Little Rock, has reached an agreement, starting July 2, that Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Co. will become its exclusive provider of draft beer. Mockingbird will have 12 Prestonrose lines, says co-owner Jack Sundell, including (year-round) Heritage pale ale, Blue Centennial and Hawk & Horse porter; rotating seasonal beer taps; and nonalcoholic draft Prestonrose Ginger Ale and "Roots" Beer. Four additional taps will pour gluten-free Black Apple cider, locally brewed Teaberry kombucha and a nitro cold brew coffee from Fidel & Co Coffee. Prestonrose's brewer Liz Preston will be on hand for a July 2 "Meet the Brewer" kickoff, 4-9 p.m.; as a kickoff weekend special, Mockingbird will offer $6 Prestonrose beer flights and $2 5-ounce tasting beers. Mockingbird's hours are 4-8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Sunday, 4-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The phone number is (501) 313-5413; the website is mockingbirdLR.com.

Baton Rouge-based Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers will open its first Conway restaurant July 20 at 916 E. Oak St., and it is in the process of hiring more than 80 crew members, through July 12. Apply at WorkAtCanes.com; applicants will be contacted to set up an interview at the temporary hiring center at the Comfort Suites, 705 Museum Road, Conway. Operating hours and a phone number are pending. Visit raisingcanes.com.

And the Magnolia Reporter, a Magnolia-based online news site, is reporting that DH Burger Properties of Athens, Texas, whose principals are associated with a group of Whataburger franchises in East Texas, has bought 1.2 acres of land on the U.S. 79 bypass in Magnolia. San Antonio-based Whataburger has two locations in Fayetteville and one each in Rogers, Springdale and Texarkana (but not one in Russellville, where Feltner's Whatta-burger is not connected in any way to the chain). So does that mean the south Arkansas town is, in fact, on the cusp of getting a Whataburger outlet? "We're excited to hear we have so many fans in Magnolia. However, we have no specific plans to share right now," says Whataburger Senior Account Executive Alexandra Ruffo. The Magnolia website also reports that the city has not issued a building permit for the location. We'll keep an eye open.

Has a restaurant opened — or closed — near you in the last week or so? Does your favorite eatery have a new menu? Is there a new chef in charge? Drop us a line. Send email to: eharrison@adgnewsroom.com

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