We’re not sure when it became official, but Skye’s Little Bistro in downtown Little Rock is closed. A handwritten sign at the former bistro announces the closing, along with a message to watch for “Big news coming soon.” Stay tuned for more on that. Stratton’s Market is still open, and now Dugan’s has to decide what to do with that space. Skye’s Little Bistro opened April 2016, serving meat-and-cheese plates and several hot dishes. It was created by Skye Ward, daughter of Don Dugan and Tasha Stratton. Local chef Stephen Burrow also worked there for a time before joining Conway’s John Daly Steakhouse as its executive chef.
Honey Pies is expanding and changing its menu, and those changes include (for the first time) cakes. The display case now has six-inch cakes and cake slices as walk-in purchases. Flavors include confetti cake, triple chocolate and German chocolate. You can also make orders for larger cakes ahead of time. But of course Honey Pies isn’t abandoning its roots. The pie business is still going strong, including the summer seasonal “Strawberry Short-pie.” It features a buttery pie crust layered with house made strawberry compote topped with freshly whipped cream and pie crust crumbles. Honey Pies will keep its regular business hours during Memorial Day weekend. However, it promises to be busy, so make sure you get your orders in as soon as possible.
It won’t be long before Arkansas tomatoes start showing up at farmers markets and restaurants around the city. If you’re looking for new ideas for using these gems, Matt and Amy Bell of South on Main are here to help. The couple is hosting a tomato cooking class at Eggshells Kitchen Company on June 19. Tickets are on sale and are going fast, so act today if you want to participate. The class will include a special cocktail created by Amy Bell, tomato recipes, a section on Arkansas heirloom varieties, and tips on how to find the best tomatoes the state has to offer.
Arkansas-based Tacos 4 Life continues its rapid expansion with the announcement that the restaurant chain will open a franchise in Tennessee. Owner Austin Samuelson in a press release said that Tacos 4 Life will open a Jackson, Tenn., location at the end of next month. Tacos 4 Life opened its first two locations in Conway and Fayetteville before exploding, opening locations in several spots in Arkansas, as well as Texas and North Carolina. The restaurant group donates 22 cents from every meal sold to Feed My Starting Children, a nonprofit that supports food initiatives in 60 countries around the world.
Looking for a date night but can’t find a babysitter? Graffiti’s on Cantrell Road has you covered. The restaurant next week is hosting Parents Night Out. Make your reservations for Wednesday night, and bring the kids along with you. Graffiti’s will feed them and entertain the children in the restaurant’s private dining area. While they’re watching your young ones, you and your special someone can enjoy a quiet Italian meal together. Parents Night Out is Wednesday night starting at 5 p.m. Reservations are required, with prepayment for children at the time of booking.
Conway’s food scene got yet another upgrade this week. We took a first look at Katmandu Momo and a few of the dozens of new dishes the business is putting out.
Also opening this week is the new restaurant Sauce(d) in West Little Rock. Read our piece on the new restaurant’s menu and its devotion to supporting other local businesses.