News and New restaurants

Posted: September 5, 2014 at 6 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Ozark Natural Foods to host

food, music festival

The Midtown Music Showcase will be noon-5 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center.

The event will offer food, drinks and music with all proceeds going to the Apple Seed's Teaching Farm. Food will include brats, tamales, black bean burgers. Music will be provided by National Park Radio and Irie Lions. Activities will include a photo booth, dunk tank, face painting, balloon twisting and a bounce house.

There will also be a raffle and Saddlebock's beer garden with choices of IPA, Dirty Blonde, Blueberry tart or stout.

More information is available at

Zaxby's repeat days return

Over the next several weeks, each of the Northwest Arkansas Zaxby's locations will be offering a revisit reward to customers. Customers who purchase an order on the designated day at the specified location can bring their receipt back the following month and get the same order for free.

The repeat days begin in Siloam Springs on Sept. 10. Customers who purchase an order in the Siloam Springs Zaxby's on Sept. 10 can bring back their receipt to that same location any time during October and get that same order at no cost.

A repeat day on Sept. 24 will be held at the Fayetteville location on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The same process will be offered at Bentonville on Oct. 15, Springdale on Oct. 22 and North College Avenue in Fayetteville on Oct. 29. Those three locations will honor the repeat order during the month of November.

Restaurant openings

The highly anticipated College Marketplace at 3535 N. College Avenue broke ground last month and is reported to open next fall, according to the Georgia-based developer, S.J. Collins Enterprises.

The opening of Fulbright Flyover and a new traffic light to regulate the anticipated influx of traffic to the shopping center were crux in locking in the development.

The Fayetteville City Council voted on May 6 to pay for a traffic signal at College Avenue and Masonic Drive, as requested by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

A groundbreaking for the Whole Foods Market was held Aug. 13 to initiate the construction of the 35,000-square-foot store. The organic supermarket is scheduled to open late 2015 and will employ an estimated 150 workers.

"Northwest Arkansas has always represented the perfect demographic mix and population density for Whole Foods Market. The search for a location has been an ongoing process that has lasted many years," Jeff Garrison of S.J. Collins Enterprises reported to the Arkansas Business Journal.

Plans for the College Marketplace include an additional 45,000 square feet of additional shopping space.

Two of those businesses will be Zoes Kitchen and Chipotle Mexican Grill, according to the Arkansas Business Journal.

Zoes Kitchen, Inc., based out of Plano, Texas, is a casual Mediterranean chain restaurant. This will be the chain's first location in Arkansas. Chipotle Mexican Grill currently has four restaurants in Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas will also be gaining a Newk's Eatery this fall in Fayetteville with plans to open a second location in either Bentonville or Rogers shortly afterward.

Newk's started in 2004 in Oxford, Miss., and is the brainchild of the founders of McAlister's Deli.

The restaurant serves salads, sandwiches, pizza, soups and desserts. Currently, there are 71 locations, and the first Arkansas location will open in Spring Creek Center at 637 E. Joyce Boulevard.

The fast-casual chain Boneheads opened last week at 1403 SE Moberly Lane.

Boneheads promotes a Caribbean theme with a menu that features tacos, burgers, grilled seafood and chicken. A signature Bonehead's dish is Piri Piri Chicken, which uses an African hot chili pepper marinade. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

NAN Dining Guide Spotlight on 09/05/2014

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