Thursday, June 7, 2012
LITTLE ROCK Newk’s Express Cafe, 4317 Warden Road, North Little Rock, formerly the northside outpost of
Shorty Small’s, is getting close enough to opening to put a help-wanted ad in the paper this past Sunday. Sure enough, a spokesman for the Mississippi-based minichain says the target opening date is June 25. And we have a listed telephone number: (501) 753-8559, though we couldn’t get anybody to answer it by deadline. The website, newkscafe.com, still lists only the Hot Springs location for Arkansas.
And speaking of helpwanted ads in the Sunday paper, the target date for the opening of
Mooyah Burgers, Shakes & Fries, 14810 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, is mid-June. There’s no listed telephone number yet.
The folks at
Homer’s, 2001 E. Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, tell us that July 1 is the target date for the opening of
in the Galleria Shopping Center, 9800 N. Rodney Parham Road. The revolving-door space most recently housed a branch of
McAllister’s Deli, but it has also been the home for at least a dozen other establishments, including a Hooters (anybody remember the Spinnaker? Sealegs? How about Harry and the Coconuts?)
You might say that Chef Travis Meyer of
in the River Market is “dogging it”: His
hot dog cart will debut this evening in Hillcrest for First Thursday (formerly known as Shop-N-Sip) and he’ll be at Capitol Avenue and Main Street for Food Truck Friday. Thereafter, he’ll operate outside the River Market’s Ottenheimer Market Hall, 400President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, noon-5 p.m. Sundays (when, of course, his inside kiosk is closed) and he’ll also be serving Wednesdays for the Movies in the Park at the nearby Riverfest Amphitheatre. His bill of fare will include Nathan’s quarter-pound all-beef dogs and some items new to Little Rock, including a venison/jalapeno/cheese sausage and Italian and Polish sausages, flown in weekly from Hofmann Meats in Syracuse, N.Y., “with a tasty choice of topping from German brown mustard to Apricot brandy beurre blanc sauce.” Call (501) 519-0444.
Victorian Garden Restaurant, 4801 North Hills Blvd., North Little Rock, will be closed through June 14 while owner-chef Margie Michell attends “the wedding of our daughter in Ellijay, Ga.” The restaurant number is (501) 758-4299; the website, victoriangarden.biz.
Though he admits (and apologizes for) his frequently irregular operating hours, Chris Monroe insists that his
Hunka Pie, 250 E. Military Drive, North Little Rock, is still open. (That’s despite reports that red shut-off flags from various utilities have been spotted on the restaurant’s front door.) Officially, his hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday (breakfast and pie only). We’ve been unable to get anybody to answer at either of the restaurant’s phone numbers, (501) 224-1104 or (501) 612-4754.
Restaurants around Eureka Springs will offer French-theme specials and spirits July 12-15 for
Fleur Delicious Weekend, originally a Bastille Day celebration but which has grown into a citywide event. The list includes a Friday-night champagne tasting, the Saturday Spring Street Waiter’s Race, a gallery stroll, Sunday champagne brunch at the
Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect St., and a Sunday evening French wine dinner at the
Cottage Inn Restaurant, 450 W. Van Buren St. A complete schedule is available at fleurdeliciousweekend.com (or check out their Facebook page); call (479) 253-6807 or (504) 421-2461.
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. Call (501) 399-3667 or (501) 378-3513, or send a note to Restaurants, Weekend Section, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 121 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72201. Send e-mail to:
Weekend, Pages 37 on 06/07/2012