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Little Rock has fully embraced the weekend brunch service, so it was only a matter of time before somebody turned it into a festival. Little Rock Brunchfest is this Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Heifer International in East Village. More than two dozen locally owned Little Rock …




September signals the start of event season in Arkansas, and there are several this week worth checking out. The big one is the 11th annual B Street Rib Off in Argenta, one of our favorite food competitions in the state. B Street Rib Off pits dozens of barbecue competitors against …




It’s been a long time coming, but the beloved former dive restaurant Rocky’s makes its return tomorrow. Rocky’s on Country Club will hold its grand opening Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner. It’s a small menu to start, but …




One of our favorite annual events still has a few openings left for all you barbecue chefs out there. B Street Rib Off is back for its 11th year on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Argenta. Organizer Jason Brown tells me he still has a few spots for teams to sign …




One of Little Rock’s better affordable dining options has closed. Chicago’s Phillys and Gyros on University Ave. announced last week it would be shutting the doors on its restaurant across from UA Little Rock. Owner Fred Farrah announced on Facebook that he is working on a new location somewhere in …




Former Arkansas Heart Hospital chef Coby Smith has landed a new job in another health care facility. Smith has signed on to become the head chef at The Hope Bistro, a new restaurant at the CARTI Cancer Center on John Barrow Road. The Hope Bistro replaces Bray Gourmet at CARTI …




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 …




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 …




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 …




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