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Rivera Italian Restaurant to take over Mojitos & Margaritas space in NLR Lakewood Village

Mexican restaurant Mojitos & Margaritas Grill & Bar has closed its location in North Little Rock’s Lakewood Village Shopping Center, and Rivera Italian Restaurant – which is currently operating on McCain Boulevard — will be taking its place. 

Five Arkansas restaurants score first-time nods from Wine Spectator

Arthur's Prime Steakhouse, Saracen Casino Resort's Red Oak Steakhouse, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Table 28 and Wilson Cafe are first-time winners in Wine Spectator magazine's annual awards.
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GiGi’s Lounge celebrates grand opening this weekend in former South on Main/Juanita’s space 

GiGi’s Lounge, the new entertainment venue taking over the former South on Main/Juanita’s space at 1304 S. Main St. in SoMa, will celebrate its grand opening Friday, June 28.

Highway 70 Kream Kastle Drive Inn reopening Wednesday

Kream Kastle Drive Inn, the legendary walk-up diner that has been serving up burgers, ice cream and fried pickles to Ten Mile Creek swimmers and Highway 70 commuters between Hot Springs and Benton for decades, will reopen on Wednesday. 
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Blue Ember Smokehouse now open in West Little Rock

Arkansas barbecue chain Blue Ember Smokehouse opened its new West Little Rock location Wednesday morning at 1020 Rahling Road.

Clinton Center’s 42 bar and table halts dinner service

42 bar and table, the Clinton Presidential Center’s onsite restaurant, announced last week on social media that it has suspended its dinner service as of June 13 to fill the need for special event bookings.  
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Westrock Coffee opens new 570,000-square-foot facility in Conway

Westrock Coffee held the grand opening last week for its new 570,000-square-foot $315 million manufacturing facility in Conway. 

Highway 70 Kream Kastle Drive Inn is returning under new ownership

Kream Kastle Drive Inn's legions of fans are getting some good news this week after Kevin Shalin of The Mighty Rib blog reported on Wednesday that the longstanding walk-up diner on U.S. Highway 70 is making a comeback.
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Red Lobster bankruptcy could send four Arkansas locations overboard

Four Arkansas Red Lobster locations could be facing closures following the company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing last month. 

A list of Arkansas food blogs to plan your summer eats by

Insta-piration from the state's experts.
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Boss move: Order sweet potato fries as an app at 42 Bar and Table

Can sweet potato fries rekindle the optimism of youth? No, but they're good with wasabi aioli.

The Grind Coffee Bistro opens at Arkansas Baptist College 

Heaven McKinney, owner of The Grind Coffee Bistro, celebrated the grand opening of her new location at Arkansas Baptist College with members of the community, university officials and city leaders on Tuesday. 

Cheeseburger slider franchise to ‘drop cans’ in Little Rock 

Smalls Sliders, the “industry-disrupting cheeseburger slider brand,” will bring the franchise to Central Arkansas. The company “drops cans” — prefabricated modular shipping container-style buildings — at new sites as opposed to breaking ground, which means “faster opens and fewer headaches,” according to its website.

Known for Flakes, but all in on cakes

After building out the pastry program at The Bagel Shop, Monica Chatterton is turning her attention back to her solo baking project, Flake Baby Pastry. Chatterton told the Arkansas Times that she is resurrecting the micro bakery with a renewed focus on creating custom cakes.

All-you-can-eat sushi and hibachi restaurant to replace WLR Applebee’s

Mizuki, an all-you-can-eat sushi and hibachi restaurant, will be taking the place of the former Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar at 12110 Chenal Parkway in West Little Rock.

Last call for Little Rock Big Whiskey’s 

Big Whiskey’s announced last week that it will be shutting down its Little Rock location later this month after 16 years in the River Market.

UPDATE: Lassis Inn has not closed permanently, owner says

Many people are mourning the loss of Little Rock's Lassis Inn — one of the oldest Black-owned restaurants in the country — after reports on Thursday circulated that the restaurant has closed permanently. Owner Elihue Washington Jr. said on a phone call Friday morning not to count the restaurant out just yet.

'A real soul food joint': Farewell to J&J Diner

The soul food spot announced its closure today on Facebook after being on hiatus following the death in December of its proprietor and matriarch, Mrs. Joyce Marie Maxon Givens.

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer opening Breckenridge Village location in June

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer announced on Wednesday that it will be opening its new 6,000 square-foot Little Rock location in the Breckenridge Village shopping center on Tuesday, June 4.

KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot now open in North Little Rock

KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot celebrated the grand opening of its new North Little Rock location Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
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