In an industry where frequent employee turnover is basically a guarantee, a restaurant that has a steady, experienced leader for more than half a decade has an advantage. Take Ciao Baci in Hillcrest, for instance. Executive chef Jeff Owen is in his seventh year leading the kitchen, and it shows. …




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In an industry where frequent employee turnover is basically a guarantee, a restaurant that has a steady, experienced leader for more than half a decade has an advantage. Take Ciao Baci in Hillcrest, for instance. Executive chef Jeff Owen is in his seventh year leading the kitchen, and it shows. …




One of the best annual sour releases is back this week at Rebel Kettle Brewing Company. The brewery’s 4:30 Thursday tapping is Plum Dawg Millionaire, a plum and cherry barrel-aged dark sour. John Lee and Josh Davis aged this one for six months in fresh Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels, then …




The Minute Man burger chain that was originally founded in Little Rock in 1948 is set to make a triumphant return to the original city in the near future. Minute Man announced today in a press release that they are planning 3 locations in central Arkansas, likely split between Little …




Arkansas Hall of Fame restaurant Franke’s Cafeteria turns 100 years old this year and will be celebrating with a brand new location. Franke’s is opening a cafeteria in Conway in the coming weeks. The new location in the former Dixie Café on Fendley Drive will be the third Franke’s spot …




There was a time that no restaurant in Little Rock was hotter than Graffiti’s Italian Restaurant on Cantrell Road. When Paul Bash, Ed Moore and Denis Seyer opened the Italian eatery back in 1984, they brought in sous chefs trained at some of the best culinary schools in the country. …




The IPA currently raising millions of dollars for victims of a California wildfire has landed at Lost Forty Brewing. Resilience Butte County Proud IPA is today’s Freshcut Monday release. The Lost Forty team joined with thousands of breweries around the country to make this delicious, malt-forward IPA. In case you …




It is hard to replace a legendary owner like Jerry Barakat at a restaurant. His experience and expertise in building world-class culinary institutions in Little Rock are second to none. This was a huge obstacle that faced owners Dr. Meraj Siddiqui and Dr. Ahmad Rafi when they purchased Kemuri from Barakat late last …




The Arkansas Department of Heritage announced the finalist for the Food Hall of Fame program today. The Arkansas Food Hall of Fame honors restaurants and individuals in an overall hall of fame category, proprietor of the year, food themed event, and a gone but not forgotten category that focuses on …




Sometimes you can just tell when a restaurant has something special going on. That was my impression within five minutes of sitting down at the newly opened Mehfil Indo-Mughlai Pak Cuisine. There’s nothing obvious about its charm from the outside, with a small vinyl banner the only sign that anything …




Tomorrow, the Department of Arkansas Heritage will reveal the finalists for the 2019 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. This is the third year for the event, which has so far inducted six restaurants into its ranks. To reach the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, a restaurant must …




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