Monthly Archives: September 2014

Maduro Cigar Bar to reopen as 109 & Co. speakeasy

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A somewhat vague Facebook page has been touting a new speakeasy concept headed to downtown Little Rock, and we finally have some details:

Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge, owned by Michael Peace, is set to close mid-November and reopen as 109 & Co. at 109 Main Street sometime in early December. Maduro has been expanding their cocktail program (including adding a barrel-aged cocktail program) in recent months, so the shift to focus on more craft cocktails won’t be a big transition for the staff. Peace says he plans to re-open Maduro in another Little Rock location in 2015.

109 & Co. will be smoke free, so one of Peace’s first tasks with the renovation will be a deep clean to get the last traces of cigar smoke out of there.

“A lot of customers that are into cocktails don’t come in because of the smoke,” says Peace. “So it made sense to go completely non-smoking.”

Other renovations include rebuilding the bar, swapping out some seating and re-purposing the bar’s walk-in humidor as a room for barrel-aging cocktails. Peace has plans to eventually allow customers to purchase their own barrel.

While Peace describes the bar on Facebook as a modern-day … Read more >

Boscos in Little Rock River Market closes

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UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.:

Jeremy Feinstone, president of Boscos, confirmed the closing, noting that the company is in talks with a few parties interested in taking over the lease. That may or may not include the brewery equipment. Feinstone says that transition should take place sometime in October.

No new tenant has been confirmed at this point.

Stay tuned…

Boscos Restaurant and Brewing Co. in the River Market closed over the weekend.

Rumors had been circulating about a possible closure after the Memphis-based brewery chain closed several outlets including one in Franklin, Tenn. and its Nashville location last week. The chain seems to be closing Boscos locations as they focus on their Memphis-based Ghost River Brewing Co., which opened in 2008.

Boscos Brewmaster Josh Quattlebaum had this to say on Facebook:

“To all of my Boscos family, past and present: Words cannot express how grateful and honored I am to have worked with each and every one of you; I doubt I will even find friends and coworkers of the same caliber anywhere else. I love you all so very much. All good things must come to and end, so they say, but this too shall pass, and I wish all … Read more >

Piro Pizza aiming for November opening in SoMa

That as-yet-unnamed pizza spot going in by Midtown Billiards finally has a name: Piro Pizza.

Co-owner Jason Neidhardt explains that the name is a play on the Italian word for Peter, ‘Piero.’

“Peter derives from the Greek word petros, which means stone or rock,” Neidhardt says. “We feel with the fire in the back of our oven, the bricks lining our oven chamber, and us being located in Little Rock, it captures everything we are representing.”
The restaurant is still in the midst of build-out, but seems on target for an early November opening. Follow along with their updates on Facebook here.

As we first reported in June, the restaurant will focus on Neapolitan-style pizza, with a selection of salads and Italian-focused appetizers (think charcuterie) and will be open for both lunch and dinner. The space will also feature a sizable bar with craft beer and cocktails available.

A peek at what the menu will include: the Farmer with smoked chiles, pancetta, shaved pecorino, escarole and local eggs; the Anchovy with mozzarella, capers, white anchovy and black pepper; and the Gorgonzola with olive oil, Gorgonzola dolce, fingerling potato, radicchio and rosemary.… Read more >

Chinese restaurant Three Fold headed to downtown Little Rock

As we mentioned in a post yesterday, downtown restaurant Your Mama’s Good Food will be closing next week.

And now we have more detail on the restaurant taking its place:

Three Fold, a noodles and dumpling company, will begin their move-in after Your Mama’s closes. If all goes to plan, the restaurant will open in early November.

Assistant manager Rebecca Yan says that the menu will feature dishes from several regions of Northeast Asia with a focus on Sichuan flavors. Expect handmade dumplings and noodles, wontons and steamed buns.  What not to expect: Sweet and sour chicken, lo mein and mounds of rice.

“It’s going to be much more traditional than what Americanized Chinese food tends to be,” Yan says.

The family-owned restaurant will be quick-service, with orders taken at a counter. Planned renovations to the location include adding hexagon mosaic tiles to the floor, re-painting, adding rustic farm tables, booths and lowering the lights and ceiling.

“We want a clean, simple environment that will appeal to a business crowd,” Yan says.

Three Fold will be open for lunch and dinner, with plans to add delivery later on. The space will not be applying for any liquor license in … Read more >

Your Mama’s Good Food to close

Right when we decide to give Your Mama’s Good Food some praise in the pages of Sync for their excellent yeast rolls, word has come via a Facebook announcement that the downtown homestyle restaurant will be shuttering next week.

The location at 215 Center St. will close on Sept. 12. A new restaurant tenant–an upscale Chinese restaurant–will be moving in on Sept. 19.

Your Mama’s was previously located where Natchez currently resides in the Tower Building.

“We are facing some of the same issues as many other small restaurants and have tried to give it three full years, but it is just not profitable and we can no longer keep it running,” Steve Maxwell, president of Your Mama’s, says. “We continue to get great feedback from customers and travelers that find us and we are so thankful for all those that supported us.”

(Full disclosure: Maxwell’s daughter, Stephanie Maxwell, is a member of the Sync staff.)

While the location is definitely closing, it seems that the brand is for sale.

“We will be looking for another home for Your Mamas Good Food, and for someone ready to polish this jewel and make it sparkle again elsewhere,” Maxwell says.

Stock up … Read more >