Homer’s kitchen tablePreviously Homer’s West, opened Tuesday in its new location, half of the defunct Franke Cafeteria in the Market Place Mall, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. It’s the end result of a long and complicated move down the street from the Galleria Mall, 9700 N. Rodney Parham. Discover the menu on homerkitchentable.com. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. (501) 224-6637; facebook.com/Homerkitchentable.
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Normally we don’t indulge in soft openings, but this was our best chance to preview Triple Westthe second location of Three Fold Noodles & Dumpling Co.which opened to the public on July 6. The restaurant occupies a corner storefront in downtown Pleasant Ridge, 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, which previously housed a panera bread exit.
The layout is more open and with a lot more natural light than the location on Main Street downtown, though there probably isn’t much, if any, seating capacity. A good part of the space is devoted to the front to accommodate a possible queue of customers; raised tables and bar seating are also available for seated dining or for those waiting for takeout orders. Some of those bar seats line the new dual-control station/bar combination; from the latter, baristas pour wine and beer and operate the new machines that dispense espressos, lattes and shaved ice desserts.
The main menu is much the same as the downtown restaurant at 611 Main St. – noodles, dumplings (including pan-fried), bao “sandwiches”, soups), but there’s a new breakfast, from 8am-11am weekdays, 9am-11am Saturday (although manager Rebecca Yan says they might extend this a bit to allow for a kind of “brunch” on Saturday).
The breakfast menu includes items unique to the region, including the TF Bing Wrap ($9.50), a scallion pancake we’ve come across elsewhere, mostly as an appetizer, but in this case scrambled eggs in pancake shape. , grated potatoes, “crispy crisps”, green onion and coriander; and Fried Sweet Buns ($5.75), filled with black sesame paste or taro paste, served with a pairing of brown sugar syrup and sweetened condensed milk.
Coffee drinks include a few exotic lattes: Mala ($6), with lemon and pepper for a little spice, and Yuanyang ($6), a strong coffee/tea blend.
The phone number, moved from the one now closed Three-fold mobile food truck, is (501) 500-2005; the website is eat3fold.com and the Facebook page is facebook.com/eat3fold. The downtown phone number is (501) 372-1811
The food truck operated on vacant land in the Riverdale neighborhood of Little Rock, which owner Lisa Zhang originally planned as a production facility with a restaurant, outdoor dining area, bar and sake brewery that didn’t never really developed. In the meantime, Zhang has purchased a former restaurant at 8501 Pinnacle Valley Road, west of Little Rock, which now serves as the prep center for the two restaurants.
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We don’t have an actual opening date for the drive-thru Chick-fil-A at the southeast corner of West Seventh Street and Broadway, but apparently it’s imminent. He has his own website — chick-fil-a.com/locations/ar/7th-broadway (which, by the way, reports that the restaurant is “temporarily closed due to unforeseen issues”) and the Facebook page — facebook.com/ChickfilABroadwaywhere a July 8 post details how to apply for a job and a June 28 post introduces us to “the man…behind Broadway,” Ben Ackley, a native of Little Rock, who has worked at Chick-fil-A since the age 16, going “from his first job as a team member, to general manager, to working at Chick-fil-A’s corporate office in leadership development.”
Mr. Cajun Cooking & Dining, 606 N. Olive St., North Little Rock, now has a liquor license, cocktail menu, and happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Other hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. (501) 246-3150.
We’re still trying to confirm with company officials, but food blog The Mighty Rib proclaims a late August target for the opening of the long-awaited Jess’ chicken, 10907 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. You will remember that this is a second concept for David’s burgers which will emphasize fried chicken and salty and sweet chicken salad. (David’s namesake is company co-founder David Alan Bubbus; Jess’ namesake is his wife, Jessica, the company’s vice president.)
An update on the opening of “Kemuri West,” the second location of robata seafood sushi kemuri, in what had been Kiyen’s Seafood Steak and Sushi in the Center at Chenal shopping center, 17200 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock. A July 9 post on the new Facebook page (facebook.com/KemuriWest), without going into details, tells us that “Kemuri West will be open towards the end of the month!” It also provides a phone number: (501) 821-7272. Meanwhile, managing partner Dave Bisceglia reports that potential menu changes and renovations are being considered at the original restaurant, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock’s Hillcrest.
Rock City Taco and Margarita Bar415 E. Third St., Little Rock, reports via his Facebook page (facebook.com/rockcitytaco) that from the end of May, the operation is “temporarily relocated online and deliveries only”.
And speaking of the limitations of taco bars, Taqueria La Culpable Cantina & Bar, 4000 Vali Court, just off East McCain Boulevard in North Little Rock, recently dropped its full menu and reduced its hours of operation. tortas with a limited variety of meat options, including al pastor (marinated pork) and azada (marinated beef), and a limited range of salsas and toppings. The phone number remains (501) 420-1513. Meanwhile the other Taqueria The Culpable, 13219 Interstate 30, Little Rock, remains fully operational, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday. (501) 353-0887.
Grill Pollo opened its second location, 2006 N. Reynolds Road, Bryant, serving a fusion of Southern and Latin grilled chicken, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. (501) 943-7293; grillpollo.com.
Nori Menegaldo, former chef/owner of the late Zaffino’s by Nori on Kiehl Avenue in Sherwood, has created a cookbook – “Zaffino’s Cookbook” by Nori Menegaldo, with his menu recipes and some of his specialties. It’s $35 and you can buy it online at tinyurl.com/4mb777k3.
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Jeff Sturgis, director of development for Destin, Florida. Another broken egg chain/franchise operation, says he has Arkansas in general and the Little Rock market in particular in his sights – or are they sites? Sturgis says the company’s growth path and footprint already extends into surrounding markets, including Memphis; Jackson, miss; Shreveport; and Kansas City, Kan.
Arkansas, he says, is just part of the natural progression: “Now is the time,” he says. “We are bullish on the area.”
Meanwhile, Sturgis says, the market is also ripe for more brunch-focused, alcohol-friendly establishments, like the recent opening of big bad breakfastwhich was packed, especially on weekends, indicates.
Right now things are in the planning stages and the focus is on the big market in Little Rock, which Sturgis says would include Bryant and possibly reach as far north as Searcy, and the company does not yet have any real Arkansas franchisees at this time. . However, Sturgis says, Memphis franchisees have Arkansas (as well as northern Mississippi) on their radar.
And while they’re not targeting other markets, Sturgis says they’re not putting up any barriers — eventually they could reach northwest Arkansas and possibly Conway, Jonesboro and Hot Springs.
If you’re interested in an Another Broken Egg franchise, Sturgis says it would be helpful to have some experience in the restaurant industry, particularly in the restaurant franchise business; otherwise, he says, they’re looking for “savvy, smart business people who know how to build a business.” The company will actively provide support through initial market planning, vetting potential sites, setting up supply chains and marketing assistance. Visit anotherbrokenggfranchise.com.
And if you vaguely remember that there was at some point a real Another broken egg franchise in this market, you’re right: We reported in 2015 that brother-and-sister partners Lacy Pynes Galligan and Ray Pynes II, who operated a franchise outlet in Shreveport, were “aggressively seeking Midtown and New York locations.” west of Little Rock with an eye toward the opening of the first of two locations in Spring/Summer 2016.” Health issues forced Galligan to put the project on hold, and Sturgis tells us they eventually decided to focus on Shreveport and recently opened a second location in the nearby town of Bossier.
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Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., hosts and benefits from, The art of wine:
◼️ The Winemaker’s Dinner, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, a six-course collaborative dinner created by Chef Elliot Hunt of Atlas the restaurant and Chief William Mauk of Ella’s table, accompanied by E&J Gallo wines. Tickets are $500 per person.
◼️ Uncorked!, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on July 22; a $75 general admission ticket includes an unlimited sample of hundreds of wines and appetizers from area restaurants.
Call (479) 443-5600 or visit waltonartscenter.org. You must be 21 or older.
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