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Usually with our First Look feature, we try to get to a restaurant within a week of its grand opening. However, this early summer saw a host of new restaurant openings, and a few fell through the cracks. Taste of Jamaica is one of those we missed. The new spot …




Two Little Rock restaurants this month have been honored with one of the top awards from Wine Spectator magazine. Sō Restaurant and Bar in Hillcrest and Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse in West Little Rock both received the Best of Awards of Excellence distinction for 2019. It’s the second highest award that …




Lost Forty Brewing has partnered with critically acclaimed Arkansas-based doom metal band Pallbearer to celebrate the band’s 10th anniversary. The collaboration features two shows in Arkansas and a collaboration beer that the band helped brew. The beer, called The Legend pilsner, will be debuting this Saturday during a special show …




Restaurant openings are coming fast and frequently this summer in the Little Rock area, and we have three to tell you about this week. First is the newly opened El Mezcal in Hillcrest, in the building that once housed Afterthought Bar and Bistro. Partners Ramiro Valadez and Vicente Hernandez have …




Congratulations to Petit and Keet for being the only Arkansas restaurant named to Wine Enthusiast’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants list for 2019. The two-year-old restaurant was recognized for its focus on French and American wines and for showcasing wines that had previously been unavailable in the state. Petit and Keet …




Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is preparing a major expansion into Conway. The Little Rock brewery aims to be the first legal beermaking operation in Faulkner County after state lawmakers approved Act 681, which allows for the operation of microbrewery/restaurants in dry counties. Rebel Kettle is looking to start things rolling with …




More than a year after the death of longtime owner Regina Smith, Sō Restaurant in Hillcrest is under new ownership. Smith’s family has signed the restaurant over to Nick Copeland, who first started working at Sō 18 years ago. Copeland left for a while but returned to Sō’s kitchen two …




A journey four years in the making comes home today as Ceci’s Chicken and Waffles makes its Little Rock debut and grand opening at 6606 Colonel Glenn Rd. Owner Ciceley McDowell started in a small ramshackle building in North Little Rock in 2015 and moved to Conway two years later. …




Permits are in and soft opens are underway at the new Ceci’s Chicken and Waffles location at 6606 Colonel Glenn Rd. in Little Rock. Owner Ciceley McDowell is sticking to her June 11 grand opening, but the restaurant does appear to be holding soft openings for lunch this week. When …




Some changes are happening in the SoMa district. Esters, which has been operating out of the Core pub in SoMa has officially taken over full ownership of the pub. Esters has one of the best vegan food lineups in town (along with plenty for the carnivores) and the move will …




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