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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This 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 >
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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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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 >
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.
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The space formerly known as Ashley’s will now be One Eleven
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Since closing for renovations in May, few details on the revamp of the restaurant formerly known as Ashley’s have gotten out.
But prepare for the foodie media onslaught. On Thursday, the new restaurant will open its doors for a preview event for food bloggers and other media. And you can bet everyone will be Tweeting, posting and Instagramming up a storm.
One thing we do know? The new restaurant has apparently been dubbed One Eleven at the Capital Hotel, an homage to the hotel’s address at 111 W. Markham. But since the opening is not quite official, there’s always time for that to change too.
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EJ’s Eats & Drinks is launching a Sunday brunch at their 6th and Center restaurant downtown.
Brunch will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays with a menu that includes dishes like Eggs Benedict and biscuits and gravy. The menu also features several of the lunch dishes from the EJ’s weekday menu.
In a news release, owners said that expanding EJ’s hours is in response to growth in the Main Street area, and they eventually hope to keep the restaurant open for business all weekend.
“We are excited about the growth in downtown and have been looking forward to an opportunity to be open on the weekends,” EJ’s co-owner Jim Miners said in a new release. “My family recently moved into a home on Center Street, and having more dining options downtown, especially a Sunday Brunch, is something our own family is looking forward to.”… Read more >
Pizzas from the new SoMa pizza spot will be made in the Neapolitan style, like this one.
A new Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant is slated to open at 1318 S. Main St. in Little Rock later this summer. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant is being opened by chef Jason Neidhardt (formerly of Packet House Grill) along with partners Bart Barlogie (co-owner of The Fold), Eric Nelson and Jamie Moses.
The restaurant will focus mainly on 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 that owner Jason Neidhardt says should fall somewhere between the South on Main concoctions down the street and the plastic cup shots at Midtown Billiards next door.
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.
You may remember the location as the former home of Pleazures Martini Lounge, but rest assured, the space will be completely revamped. The space … Read more >
While word from BJ’s Brewhouse corporate that a second location is not currently being planned for the Lakewood Village area came as a bummer to many North Little Rock residents earlier this week, there may be some good news on the restaurant front:
Ashley Ingle, director of marketing for Chuy’s, confirmed today that the Tex-Mex chain is currently in negotiations for a site in North Little Rock. A lease has not be signed, so no target opening date, but Ingle says they hope to know more in a few months.
Chuy’s first Little Rock location, located on Chenal Parkway in West Little Rock, opened in May 2013.
Chuy’s in Little Rock
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The team behind Local Lime will open a new concept in the Heights later this year
Brace yourselves, Local Lime fans: Yellow Rocket Concepts will be bringing a new taco concept to the Heights later this year.
The team behind Big Orange, Local Lime and ZaZa announced their newest project, Heights Taco & Tamale Company in a press release Tuesday. The restaurant will be located in the space currently occupied by Brownings.
Scheduled to open in late summer/early fall the menu will include a TexMex-style menu curated by Scott McGehee. Expect burritos, nachos, churros and (as the name implies) tamales. The space will also include a full service bar, with a focus on margaritas and craft beer. Better yet: The release mentions fresh, house-made tortillas, soft serve ice cream and a limited drive-thru menu.
“Working with tamales in our test kitchen last fall inspired me to revisit the recipes my father created during his days as co-owner and co-creator of Blue Mesa Grill and Juanita’s,” McGehee said in a release. “The days spent with him and the food we ate during that time made such a huge impact on me personally and professionally. I’m developing this menu to accomplish several … Read more >