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At the beginning of 2017, chef Ira Mittelman announced he was closing Ira’s Park Hill Grill for a move to downtown Little Rock to participate in the revitalization of Main Street. At that time, he told me he was hoping to open by spring, though delays could push him into …




Excaliburger is on its way west and won’t be back in Arkansas for at least at few months. Owner Kyle Pounders has been posting updates on Facebook of his food truck’s journey. Most recently, Excaliburger has been doing events and pop-ups in Colorado. Back in May, Pounders told me his …




It’s a pretty slow week for the beer scene, but there are still a few new releases to tell you about. It starts today at Lost Forty Brewing, where the Freshcut Monday release is the new Lemonade Cream Ale Shandy. A shandy is a beer mixed with a nonalcoholic beverage, …




Due to July 4 landing squarely in the middle of a week this year, most restaurants and breweries will be open tomorrow. Some exceptions include EJ’s, David’s Burgers, At the Corner and Kontiki African Restaurant. If you’re planning on heading out for lunch or dinner tomorrow, be sure to check …




The context of a restaurant is usually everything. A place in a small town seems better because there is nothing else around. However, on a few rare occasions it means nothing A few months ago a friend invited me out to a restaurant opening in Hot Springs Village. For those …




After eight years in downtown Little Rock, Zin Urban Wine and Beer Bar is closing. Managing partner Michael Puckett announced on Facebook that he and Troy Deal will close Zin on June 30. In a separate post, Puckett said parking issues and the impending I-30 project convinced them to put …




It’s not every day you will catch me going on and on about dressing. But then, it’s not every day that a restaurant opens in Little Rock with as much pedigree and promise as TAE – that’s True Arkansas Eatery. TAE comes from the team behind beloved fusion restaurant The …




Congratulations to One Eleven at the Capital. The Capital Hotel’s culinary jewel was recently named one of America’s Best 100 Wine Restaurants for 2018 by Wine Enthusiast magazine. One Eleven’s wine list certainly sets a high bar for Little Rock, but Wine Enthusiast also noted the restaurant’s impressive collection of …




I have said it several times around here, but the Fayetteville Roots Festival has the best culinary programing of any festival in the state. That is saying a lot for something that also is one of the best music festivals as well. This year, after years of begging on my …




New restaurant openings look to be the biggest story in June, with four highly anticipated new businesses opening their doors this month. Cathead’s Diner, a collaboration between Donnie Ferneau and Kelli Marks, opened yesterday and is serving breakfast and lunch six days a week (closed Mondays). Ira’s Restaurant by chef …




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