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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 >

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 >

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 >

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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The Pizzeria at Terry’s opens for lunch, Natchez adds breakfast

10918994_779414705459753_4311082578042518680_nThe Pizzeria at Terry’s, located at5018 Kavanaugh Blvd., has announced new lunch hours.

The pizza spot will now be open Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. They will remain closed Sunday and Monday.

Meanwhile downtown, Natchez has added breakfast to their lunch and dinner lineup. The restaurant will be open 8-10 a.m. Tuesday-Friday with a menu including waffles, granola with roasted apples and a peanut butter and Nutella French Toast that sounds pretty killer. Natchez is located in the Tower Building at 4th and Center Streets.… Read more >

Pantry Crest launches winter cocktail menu


Photo via George Thompson

The Pantry Crest launches its new winter cocktail lineup tonight at 722 N. Palm St. On the menu:


Black Fizz: Sobieski Vodka, house-made cinnamon syrup, Summit Oatmeal Stout, Cote Mas Sparkling Rose

Vieux Carre: Old Grand Dad 100 High Rye Bourbon, Salignac Cognac, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Dom Benedictine, Peychaud’s and Angostura Bitters

Apple Blossom: Clear Creek Apple Brandy, lemon juice, sugar, absinthe mist

Bijou: Bols Genever, Green Chartreuse, Dolin Genepy Des Alpes Liqueur, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Regan’s Orange Bitters

Rum Runner: El Dorado 12 yr Demerara Rum, Clear Creek Blackberry Liqueur, orange juice, falernum, The Pantry’s Sausage Fest Hefeweizen by Stone’s Throw


Signature Cocktails

Two Pair: Broker’s Gin, Trimbach Pear Liqueur, Allspice Dram, lime juice

Requiem For A Drink: Prairie Wolf Dark, Pernod French Liqueur, Becherovka, orange juice, lemon juice, Peychaud’s and Regan’s Bitters

Winter Solstice: La Puerta Negra Reposado, grapefruit juice, falernum, Luxardo Fernet

Tetnis: Pig’s Nose Blended Scotch, Drambuie, lemon juice, honey, ginger beer, Lagavulin 16yr Scotch mist

Crest Fizz: Appleton V/X Jamaica Rum, cumin syrup, lime juice, cream egg white, Regan’s Orange Bitters

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Flyway Brewing announces Argenta location

Flyway Brewing will soon have a permanent location at 314 Maple Street in Argenta.

“We plan to have a 10 barrel brewing system and the capacity to make about 1000 barrels of beer in our first year of operation,” said owner Matt Foster via email. “We’ll have a tasting room and we plan to make some handmade pretzels to serve in house.”

Foster had previously been operating his brewery out of a space he shared with Loblolly Creamery.… Read more >