Stone’s Throw Brewing to add beer garden

UnknownStone’s Throw Brewing now plans to add a beer garden to its brewery after the Little Rock City Board of Directors approved plans to allow the brewery to “add outdoor seating, increase indoor seating, expand hours of operation and open any day of the week,” according to a news release.

The brewery has long talked about adding a beer garden as a nod to the MacArthur Park Neighborhood’s German roots.

“My old landlord from when I lived in the neighborhood, Chuck Heinbockle, showed me a photograph he had of Papa Geyer’s beer garden when we first moved into our building,” said brewery co-owner Ian Beard in a news release.  “That planted the seed to try and replicate that kind of community experience down the road. We liked the idea so much, we even named a beer in his honor: Papa Geyer’s Pilsner.”

More from the release:
“The new beer garden will be located in the open space between the building and the street corner. Stone’s Throw regulars know this space as where the food trucks park, but it was originally created as a drive-thru for Baker’s Liquor store in the late 1950’s. Repurposed barrels will create the perimeter for the … Read more >

Check out the menu for Heights Taco & Tamale, now open

The foodie buzz around Little Rock is all about Heights Taco & Tamale this week. The restaurant, located in the former Browning’s location at 5805 Kavanaugh, is now open after several days of private soft opening events. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

We got a sneak peek on Saturday and we’ll say this: The space is gorgeous, those frozen mojitos are strong and the breakfast tacos are worthy of trying any time of day.

We’ll let you judge the rest for yourself. Check out their Delta-influenced lineup of Tex-Mex goodies below.

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Raimondo Family Winery finds new home on Main Street

40312_452580532175_459677_nRecently, Sync brought you the news that Raimondo Family Winery had nixed plans for a location in the River Market but was still on the search for a downtown Little Rock location. Well, that process was a quick one.

Owner Margie Raimondo announced Friday that she has signed a lease to put a tasting room in the ground floor of the old Arkansas Democrat building in the 600 block of Main Street. The building was recently the home of a Subway and is being renovated to include apartments on the upper floors. Raimondo says the tasting room, which will also include a menu of small plates, should be open by October.

For more on the winery, go to… Read more >

Melting Pot headed to Little Rock with Denver restaurateur

the-melting-pot-logoThis in chain fondue restaurant news: The Melting Pot, a national chain of fondue-centered restaurants, is planning its first Arkansas location.

In a news release, the corporation announced that a franchise agreement has been signed with Denver restaurant owner Allen Hurst, who plans to open a Melting Pot in Little Rock by early 2016. Hurst and his family plan to relocate to the Little Rock area “where he aims to develop additional restaurants in Arkansas and neighboring states over the next five years,” the release said.

No lease has been signed locally, so no word yet on a location. We’ll keep you posted.… Read more >

Keep an eye on Bentonville: Matthew Cooper to Belfry, RopeSwing makes moves

This 111-year-old restaurant in Bentonville is the future home of restaurant The Belfry

This 111-year-old restaurant in Bentonville is the future home of restaurant The Belfry

We’ve been keeping an eye on chef Matthew Cooper since he announced his departure from Little Rock’s Cache back in December.

It seems Cooper has found a home, but unfortunately for Little Rock diners, it’s not in central Arkansas. Cooper has joined RopeSwing hospitality group’s new restaurant the Belfry as executive chef. The restaurant, located in a 111-year-old church in downtown Bentonville, is set to open this summer and will focus on contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on local ingredients.

The Belfry will also include a basement lounge, the Old 71, that will feature late night drinks and bites. A rooftop lounge at the Belfry is planned as well.

RopeSwing bills itself as a boutique hospitality company that, in addition to the Belfry, is in the midst of purchasing Bentonville’s Pressroom restaurant and moving it to a new location. The hospitality group has brought on notable Seattle chef Michael Robertshaw to run the kitchen at The Pressroom.

The restaurants are part of a growing emphasis on the Bentonville dining scene and Ozarks cuisine, which lately has been receiving national attention from outlets like Eater. A … Read more >

Three Fold expands hours, adds to menu

Photo by Arshia Khan

Photo by Arshia Khan

The much-praised downtown restaurant Three Food Noodles and Dumplings has expanded its hours after getting off to a booming start in the Little Rock dining scene.

The restaurant, located at 215 Center St., will open Saturdays starting Feb. 28. The restaurant’s new hours will be 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Three Fold is also adding new menu items starting Saturday, including sweet sesame balls and a new noodle bowl called Zhajiangmian. The traditional dish includes stir-fried wheat noodles and pork cooked in a salty fermented soybean paste.

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Coming soon: The Little Rock bar & restaurant countdown

web_comingsoonphotoThere’s no denying it — Little Rock is having a restaurant revolution. With so many cafes, coffee shops and upscale dining spots in the works, it can be hard to keep up. We’re here to help. Over on the Sync Weekly website, you can use  our new “Coming Soon” feature as your one-stop guide to everything in the works in the dining scene in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Just navigate your way over to We’ll be updating early and often to keep you in the loop.

See something we need to add? Email or tweet @vanzandt.


Southern Gourmasian

219 W. Capitol Ave.,

The brick-and-mortar outpost of the beloved Asian-fusion food truck has seen opening delays due to permitting issues.


Pinnacle Valley Restaurant

8501 Pinnacle Valley Road,

This west Little Rock restaurant is set to open Feb. 27.

At the Corner

201 E. Markham St.,

A “finer diner” is set to open in the former home of The Hop downtown.


Ira’s Park Hill Grill

3812 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock

This Park Hill restaurant is in the old E’s Bistro location and will be … Read more >

Pinnacle Valley Restaurant, At The Corner to open in late February

10308118_1375783602730260_8005907310202790300_n West Little Rock will gain a new sit-down spot on Feb. 27 when Pinnacle Valley Restaurant will open its doors to the public. Located at 8501 Pinnacle Valley Road in Little Rock near Maumelle Park, the restaurant’s owners hope the location will cater to both area residents and visitors to the nearby parks. The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will be closed Mondays.

Expect a menu of classic American favorites like fried chicken, pork chops, burgers, soups sandwiches, pie and more. The restaurant will include a full-service dining room, along with a party space in back for rent and a convenience store space that will be stocked with grab-and-go goods for park visitors. For more on the restaurant, visit

10945005_777758888927356_410700497795790124_nAlso on the soon-to-open radar is the downtown Little Rock spot At the Corner, set to open in in late February. The restaurant, located in the former Hop Diner space at Markham and Scott streets, will focus on “finer diner” foods. Think hot dogs from Butcher & Public and shakes made with Loblolly ice cream. Soup, sandwiches, salads and burgers … Read more >

One Eleven at the Capital, Bentonville’s Chef Matt McClure James Beard Award Semifinalists

Marc Guizol, executive sous chef, plates a dish at One Eleven at the Capital

Marc Guizol, executive sous chef, plates a dish at One Eleven at the Capital

Both central and Northwest Arkansas are represented in the list of semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards that was released Wednesday.

Little Rock’s One Eleven at the Capital, located in the Capital Hotel, is a semifinalist for Best New Restaurant while Chef Matthew McClure of The Hive in Bentonville is a semifinalist for Best Chef: South. McClure was named as a semifinalist in the same category last year.

One Eleven at the Capital, formerly known as Ashley’s, opened in 2014 after a complete dining room makeover. Executive Chef Joel Antunes joined the team in early 2013 and has been building a team of international talent behind-the-scenes ever since. For more on the team behind the nomination for One Eleven, be sure to pick up this week’s copy of Sync Weekly or click here for our look into the kitchen.

Not familiar with the James Beard Foundation awards? Think of it as the Oscars of the food industry. The semifinalists are chosen in 21 categories from more than 34,000 online entries. Finalists are chosen from a panel of more than 600 judges including restaurant … Read more >

5 things to know about the Little Rock Brew Bus, launching this weekend

Little Rock Brew BusWith the ever-expanding wave of central Arkansas craft breweries comes a new way to visit them without having to draw straws for designated driver. The Little Rock Brew Bus, driven by owner Donavan Dossett, will take its maiden voyage on Feb. 14, offering a ride through downtown to the city’s main breweries and beer bars. Here’s what you need to know:

1. This will be a “Hop On/Hop Off” experience

Saturday’s “soft opening” will start at 2 p.m. at Diamond Bear in North Little Rock. For $20 per person (cash or charge), you can get on board the 15-passenger van and be driven from the North Little Rock brewery in a circuit that includes Flying Saucer, Lost Forty, Blue Canoe, Stone’s Throw and Vino’s. There’s an option to stop at Rock Town Distillery as well. If you don’t get there at 2 p.m., it’s fine. You can jump on the bus as it circles back to Diamond Bear every hour. New groups will be picked up at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Everything wraps up at 8 p.m., when all riders will be shuttled back to Diamond Bear.

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