August 4, 2022

Homer’s Kitchen Table Looks April Opening; SoMa esters will close “in style”

Homer’s West co-owner David Connell says continued construction delays have pushed back the goal of opening what will become Homer’s kitchen table to “somewhere in April”. The restaurant is moving from the Galleria Mall, 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, to part of the defunct Franke’s Cafeteria in the Market Place Mall, 11121 N. Rodney Parham, and Connell has had to postpone the opening at least two times.

To recap: Homer’s takes over the part of the building at the end of a half mall, which faces Rodney Parham. (The part facing Market Street will be a fitness center, to be called Breakout Bar.) A larger kitchen will allow for an “evolution” of the menu, while keeping the staples that make Homer’s Homer’s, and adding more homemade desserts and pies and more elaborate special dinners. It will also have a space reserved for take-out orders. (501) 224-6637; homersrestaurant.com; facebook.com/HomersWest.

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The Little Rock Board of Directors on Tuesday passed an ordinance authorizing SOMA Storefronts, LLC, to erect a patio, railing and gate for outdoor dining “and other purposes” on the sidewalk directly in front Mockingbird bar and tacos1220 Main St.

And speaking of Mockingbird bar and tacos, he’s hosting a tap takeover, from 5-9 p.m. today, with Ozark Beer Co., a small Rogers brewery, whose staff will be on hand to meet and greet and shop talk with craft beer enthusiasts. local. The five beers, available individually and in flights of four: Ozark Lager (5.0% alcohol by volume), a classic German-style lager; A-Frame Red Rye IPA (6.3% ABV), a winter rye IPA; Space Themed DIPA (8.9% ABV), a New England-style fuzzy double IPA; and Quad Belgian Quadrupel (13% ABV), a very limited-release bourbon-aged Belgian “available for the first time outside of the Ozark Tavern,” according to a press release. (501) 313-5413; mockingbirdlr.com; facebook.com/mockingbirdbarandtacos.

Meanwhile, Mockingbird’s neighbor, esters, 1214 Main, is closing – the last day will be Feb. 26, coinciding with SoMA’s Mardi Gras festivities, “and it’s in that spirit that we’ll be going out with a bang,” according to a Tuesday Facebook post restaurant (facebook.com/Esters.SOMA). “We will have live music and hope to make it a party. … Thanks again for allowing [us] this opportunity to fill your life with crazy ideas for (mostly) plant-based foods. Meanwhile, Esters is offering discounts on its alcoholic beverages. (501) 353-2489; Esterspub.com.

And speaking of municipal permits, a building permit application has been filed “to extend drive-thru services to the side of the building” at Dan’s shotgun10923 W. Markham Street, Little Rock.

Meanwhile, the latest list of applications, approved, pending and denied, for plumbing permits from the state Department of Health reveals that Back home BBQ could go to 1706 W. Third St., Little Rock, which recently housed The Capital’s Seafood House and was long the home of OW Pizza. No details are available and, given some hurdles to overcome, we are told, the project is still tentative. We have repeatedly reported scouting activity in and around the building.

The details are also sketchy at best, but we found these other places pending on this list:

◼️ The restaurant located in the former Café Prego, 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, should be called that of George. A zoning change allowed the building to be renovated and expanded to create “a classic Italian restaurant”, according to a planning department official.

◼️ A Mexican chipotle grill at 3929 McCain Blvd, North Little Rock, apparently, according to our map, possibly next to the LongHorn Steak House.

◼️ A Little Rock outlet of the Logan, Utah-based gourmet cookie chain Crumbled cookies, in the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, in what had apparently been a high-end clothing store. We reported a few months ago that the chain, which opened an outlet in Bentonville last year, would also have one on the streets of Benton’s Hurricane Creek Village Center, 20770 Interstate 30 North.

◼️ One second Lea Lea’s Gourmet Dogs at 3400 S. University Ave., Little Rock. (The first is at 215 Center St. downtown.) Owner Cherreyl Alexander says the new location, which she doesn’t yet have a timeline for, is going to an old hookah bar in the center of the Strip a little way out. away from the main street.

◼️ The coffee corner, which is slated to open by the end of February in a former laundromat in the center of the Strip at 9823 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock. (It’s possible someone spotted it as a place called The French Crepes, but that’s no longer its name.) The menu will consist almost entirely of coffee, coffee drinks and croissants. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. We don’t have a phone number listed yet.

◼️ Another outlet of the thin chickens chain, entering 1870 John Hardin Drive, Jacksonville.

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JPaul’s Express, the “Home of the Gorilla Burger,” which consists of “three 8-ounce patties, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, and onion rings,” now has a second home. The restaurant at 4424 Frazier Pike, Little Rock is now the East location. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is (501) 747-1551. The new West Location is at 3301 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock, in what had been Clark’s Grill and before that, the Press Box. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is (501) 414-8145.

Quetzal Authentic Mexican Cuisine was due to reopen today at the former Megan’s Diner, 1105 Albert Pike, Hot Springs, moving from her former home at 1018 Airport Road, Hot Springs. We don’t have hours for the new spot yet, but it was 10:30am-9:30pm daily. (501) 881-4049.

Meanwhile, the Hot Springs Post reports that Bathhouse Superior Brewery, 329 Central Ave., Hot Springs, in partnership with The Blind Cafe Experience, will offer a “dining in the dark” experience in its upstairs dining room at 7 p.m. on February 25-26. They will cover all windows, turn off all lights and attendees, relying on all other senses except sight, sit at a table with nine strangers, socialize and eat a four-course meal of bites accompanied by beers. superior or non-alcoholic. beverages. During the event, there will be a Q&A with Blind Cafe’s legally blind ambassadors. In the background: music by Rosh The Blind Cafe Orchestra. The Blind Cafe hosted events in Seattle; Boulder, Colorado, and Austin, Texas; it will be his first in Arkansas.

The four-course hands-on experience will have an “Asian flair” with “a bunch of crazy elements,” says Superior’s general manager, Katie Windham. Tickets are $65; visit eventbrite.com/e/the-blind-cafe-experience-tickets-225480737957. (Indicate food allergies and beverage preferences when placing your ticket order.) The event will have a capacity of 70 people and CDC covid-19 guidelines will be implemented. Vaccinations are encouraged.

The event, we are told, will not affect the operation of Superior’s ground floor restaurant.

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