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

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Photo via George Thompson

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

Classics

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 >

Mylo to launch mobile cart downtown, new location planned for summer

Mylo Coffee Co. is going mobile...again.

Mylo Coffee Co. is going mobile…again.

Downtown coffee lovers have reason to celebrate. The much-loved Hillcrest coffee spot Mylo Coffee Co. plans to open a second location in the Sterling Building sometime this summer.

The building, located at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Center Street, will begin the first phase of renovation this year. Owner Stephanos Mylonas said the new coffee shop should be ready by the middle of the year.

In the meantime, Mylo Coffee will be launching a mobile coffee cart to test the waters downtown and introduce the neighborhood to their coffee before they settle into the permanent location. The small set-up will be housed in a small tear-drop trailer and will include an espresso machine, a small fridge and room for pastries.

“You can expect most of our espresso menu from in the store, including our teas and hot chocolates,” Mylonas said. “We want to understand the dynamics of the area before we open.”

The cart, which should launch by the end of January, will be parked in front of the Sterling Building.

The new Sterling Building location will be slightly larger than the Hillcrest location of Mylo, and Mylonas said to expect expanded lunch … Read more >

That’s So Raw to open in Jacksonville Wednesday

Food from That's So RawThat’s So Raw, a raw and vegan-centric restaurant run by Natashia Burch and Kendalyn McKisick, is set to open Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 423 Dupree Drive in Jacksonville.

The restaurant will be housed inside resale shop It’s All Good, with hours from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

That’s So Raw had made appearances at the Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market, the Green Corner Store and at The Veg before making the move to a permanent location. The owners consider the small space a place to solidify their menu and fan base before one day expanding to a larger bistro and bakery.

Expect to see raw, vegan and gluten-free dishes including cheesecake made with cashews, dates and almonds. Other menu items will include raw brownies, spring rolls, tacos and more.

The space will not include restaurant seating, so expect to grab and go. For more on That’s So Raw, click here.

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Boulevard Bistro and Bar to open Monday

Chicken tortilla soup at Boulevard Bread Co.The newly-expanded Boulevard Bread Company in the Heights is set to open Monday, Jan. 19, provided permits go through as planned.

The local restaurant’s flagship location at 1920 Grant Street started expansion into the former New Traditions space adjacent to their market and deli last spring. On Monday the new section, which has seating for around 75, will open as Boulevard Bistro and Bar.

Boulevard Bistro and Bar will be open for lunch only, with dinner hours to start on January 26.

“For the first time, we’ll be offering a full dinner menu in the same style of cooking that we already do, focusing on local farmers and vendors,” says owner Christina Basham.

Dinner will be full-service, while lunch will be quick-service style, with diners ordering at the market counter.

The new space will also include a full bar with eight beers on tap. Dinner reservations will be available for parties of eight or more.

“We want it to be very comfortable, very casual and family-friendly,” Basham says.

Look for a few small changes to the market side of the restaurant as well. Basham says they will be adding more deli and grab-and-go items to the cases.

Keep an eye … Read more >

Famous Dave’s Little Rock closes

FullSizeRenderThe Little Rock location of Minnesota-based barbecue chain Famous Dave’s quietly shuttered on Jan. 1.

The restaurant was located at Westchase Plaza at 225 North Shackleford Rd. near Slim Chickens.

A sign on the door read, in part:

“We are sorry for any inconvenience and are grateful for your years of loyalty.”

Famous Dave’s currently operates one other Arkansas location in Rogers. The Little Rock location closure is among several for the chain, which shuttered three restaurants in Richmond, Virginia at the end of 2014.… Read more >