Monthly Archives: February 2015

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 SyncWeekly.com/ComingSoon. We’ll be updating early and often to keep you in the loop.

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

ANY DAY NOW

Southern Gourmasian

219 W. Capitol Ave., thesoutherngourmasian.com

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

LATE FEBRUARY

Pinnacle Valley Restaurant

8501 Pinnacle Valley Road, pinnaclevalleyrestaurant.com

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

At the Corner

201 E. Markham St., instagram.com/thecornerlr

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

EARLY MARCH

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 pinnaclevalleyrestaurant.com.

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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Skinny J’s coming to old Cornerstone Pub space in Argenta

skinnjsJonesboro-based restaurant Skinny J’s is coming to 314 Main Street in North Little Rock.

The restaurant, which will be located on the ground floor of the former Cornerstone Pub location in Argenta, will be the third location for the Arkansas franchise, which currently operates restaurants in Jonesboro and Paragould.

The Argenta location should be open by the end of April and will serve lunch and dinner. The menu will be similar to other Skinny J’s locations, which serve an eclectic mix of pub favorites like burgers, fried pickles, wings and wraps along with heartier entrees like steaks and pastas. Expect a full bar and live music on weekends. Check out the full Jonesboro menu here.

For more on the new location, check out the Skinny J’s Argenta/North Little Rock Facebook page.… Read more >

Photos: Little Rock’s Piro Brick Oven & Barroom opening soon in SoMa

Piro Brick Oven & Barroom

Piro Brick Oven & Barroom

After 10 months of renovations, Piro Brick Oven & Barroom is finally on the verge of opening at 1318 S. Main St. in SoMa.

While the paper is off the windows, it won’t be until closer to Feb. 14 that the restaurant will be open to the public. Look for private, soft openings to be held until late next week, when the doors will start opening to the public. A grand opening is set for Feb. 17. Keep an eye on Piro’s Facebook page for details.

Piro’s menu will include a selection of starters like olives, beef carpaccio, bone marrow and burrata. Entree salads and sandwiches, including a muffuletta, will also be available. But the main star here is going to be the pizza. The Neapolitan-style, 12-inch pies will include toppings like house made fennel sausage and peppadew peppers or Gorgonzola and fingerling potatoes. Gluten-free pizza and kid-sized entrees are also offered, and desserts stick to Italian classics like tiramisu and cannoli. Prices range from $5-$14 for starters, $4-$12 for salads, $9-$12 for sandwiches and $13-$17 for pizzas. Click on the gallery for a full menu.

In addition to food, the bar will feature four … Read more >