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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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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 >

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 >

Check out the menu for Southern Gourmasian, opening (hopefully) next week

An example of Southern Gourmasian's dinner menuAfter a few construction delays, it sounds like The Southern Gourmasian is finally close to an opening in its new home at 219 W. Capitol Ave. Co-owner Justin Patterson says that doors should be open by Feb. 6, if not before. Keep an eye on the Southern Gourmasian Facebook page for an announcement.

In the meantime, Patterson was nice enough to share an example of what we can expect the dinner menu to look like once they start service. The menu may change.

We’re thrilled to see some of our old food truck favorites listed (mainly those short rib steamed buns) along with some new entree and starter options. The thought of lobster kimchi fritters, curried cauliflower soup and a wasabi black eyed pea burger have us counting down the days.

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Big Orange launches growler sales

10750399_319931394879105_6675209297675038019_oStarting today at Big Orange Midtown, you can take your beer to-go. Kind of.

The burger-and-milkshake spot is now offering growler sales. To kick off the new program, they’re hosting a Stone’s Throw Brewing tap takeover today (Nov. 17) at 5 p.m. with $4 pints of the local brewery’s Decimal Hoppy Wheat, Big Dam Horn O’Plenty Imperial Octoberfest, Smokeboard Rauchbier and the ESB.

Growlers of Stone’s Throw are $15, which includes a refillable Big Orange growler. Look for updates on what craft brews Big Orange has available in growlers on Twitter @BigO_Midtown.… Read more >

Raimondo Family Winery relocating to River Market

40312_452580532175_459677_nThe Little Rock metro is gaining its first winery as Raimondo Family Winery relocates to a production facility in North Little Rock and a tasting room in the Little Rock River Market.

The winery, owned by Margie Raimondo, has been open near Lake Norfork since 2008, but Raimondo says she had always wanted to relocate to a more urban setting. The winery produces a selection of red, white and sparkling wines as well as olive oils and vinegars. The grapes for Raimondo’s wines are grown, harvested and processed in Lodi, California before being shipped to Arkansas for bottling and aging. The oils and vinegars are also mostly imported, with Raimondo infusing and aging the products in Arkansas.

The River Market tasting room will be located in a now vacant storefront next to the Marriott Residence Inn at River Market Avenue and 3rd Street. The location should be open by February, and will include a retail space and bar.

For more on Raimondo, her winery and details on her products, be sure to pick up the Nov. 19 issue of Sync Weekly.… Read more >

East Point Lobster Company hits the road in Little Rock

If you’ve spied a refrigerated truck making stops in River Market baring the name “East Point Lobster Company” here are the details:

The business, co-owned by Massachusetts native Ryan Mahoney, is a wholesale seafood business flying fresh lobster in from the East Coast and distributing to area restaurants.

Mahoney’s family is in the lobster business back home, and after making a couple of trips back to Little Rock with 50lb boxes of the crustaceans in tow, he fixated on the idea of making the shipments a more regular thing.

“We did a lot of market research to see what people were paying here and how often they’re using lobster,” Mahoney says. “It became quite evident that people were overpaying and weren’t getting good quality product.”

East Point’s business model involves getting the lobster in the hands of Little Rock chefs quickly–no sitting on a truck for days. Instead a wholsaler in Massachusetts picks up lobster directly from fisherman and has them to the airport that same day.

For now, East Point is functioning on a pre-ordered, wholesale basis working with several restaurants and country clubs in the area. But the company plans to expand to sell directly to consumers in … 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 >

10 things to know about One Eleven at the Capital

The new bar at One Eleven at the Capital. Photo by Arshia Khan

The new bar at One Eleven at the Capital. Photo by Arshia Khan

Local food media and marketing executives piled into the new One Eleven at the Capital hotel last night for a first look at the renovated space. Previously known as Ashley’s, the new restaurant now features a large bar area, stripped down decor and a revamped menu. The space will be open tonight for dinner, but before you scramble for a reservation, here’s what you should know:

1. The lobby bar is gorgeous. Though it serves One Eleven, the bar area faces the Capital Hotel’s lobby, allowing patrons to choose between one of the dozen barstools or taking cocktails out into the lounge seating in the lobby to enjoy. The bar itself features a stunning zinc bar top with tall glass shelves displaying the hotel’s hefty wine and spirit options.

2. The dining room is fresh, but not unrecognizable.  Designed by David Kleinberg & Associates in New York, the dining room has a younger, more relaxed vibe than those heavy drapes and pastels used to give off. Now, the area features hardwood floors, bare hardwood tables at lunch, brighter white trim and modern artwork along the walls. It’s … Read more >

ICYMI: Southern Gourmasian, Butcher & Public put down roots

Serious pork is headed to Argenta by way of Butcher & Public

Serious pork is headed to Argenta by way of Butcher & Public

Kudos to fellow food writers at the Arkansas Times and Little Rock Foodcast for bringing the masses some great local restaurant news this week.

Long awaited brick & mortar locations for mobile food favorites Southern Gourmasian and Butcher & Public have been announced.

Arkansas Times reports that Southern Gourmasian has secured a spot in downtown Little Rock dangerously close to Sync headquarters at 219 W. Capitol Ave. Tentative opening is set for this fall. Read more here.

Travis McConnell of Butcher & Public confirmed on Little Rock Foodcast that he’ll be serving his wares at a shared space with Good Food by Ferneau in the former Argenta Market. In addition to the restaurant space, McConnell will be offering up a CSA-style “meat share” program. Listen in for all the details here.… Read more >