Heinz Kurt, former manager at ZaZa, has a Sept. 17 target date for the opening of Lulu's Latin Rotisserie & Grill, 315 N. Bowman Road, Little Rock, in the storefront formerly occupied by Anatolia and most recently Bill's Country Kitchen. "We will be serving Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken, some Argentinian-style grilled steaks, salads, sandwiches and lots of other delicious South American-inspired food," as well as beer and wine, says Kurt, who is a native of Bolivia. Projected hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. The listed phone number is (501) 228-5564. A Facebook page, Kurt says, is pending.
Donnie Ferneau Jr. has expanded the dinner hours for Good Food by Ferneau, 521 Main St., North Little Rock, adding Wednesday and Thursday nights to the schedule. Hours are now 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday for lunch (hot food served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.), 5-10 p.m. (or possibly later) Wednesday-Saturday. The phone number is (501) 725-4219.
Starting this weekend, One Eleven at the Capital, in the Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, will host monthly Saturday afternoon teas (11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.). Tickets are $35 (plus tax and gratuity), $40 if you include a glass of sparkling wine. There's a 20-person limit and you need to make a reservation before 2 p.m. the preceding Friday. Call (501) 370-7068.
Lauren Harrison (no relation) is moving her Pie Hole food truck from Little Rock to Dallas. Its last day in Arkansas will be Oct. 17. Harrison has been notifying her Facebook readers (facebook.com/ThePieHoleTruck) about the truck's final appearances at various venues during the so-called "Pie Hole Farewell Tour."
The Fold: Botanas & Bar, Old Cantrell Road, remains closed for renovations through Friday. According to a restaurant Facebook post, "We are making more room in our kitchen for faster service as well as some dining room changes."
And speaking of renovations, Damgoode Pies' original Hillcrest location, 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, which has been under reconstruction for several months, is within hailing distance of completion, Sync reports. Owner Jeff Trine says "he has his fingers crossed for a late September reopening date." Why did it take so long? Trine, noting that the building "was in pretty rough shape," says the remodel has involved replacing most of the electrical system and all of the windows, adding more light; removing the drop ceiling and opening up the dining room; and replacing the upstairs "beer closet" with a bar and keg cooler, so Damgoode can bring in kegs of its own brews from its new River Market brewpub.
The door has revolved again at 3700 John F. Kennedy Blvd., on North Little Rock's Park Hill. Leo's Mexican Restaurant has replaced Mr. Ponchito's, which briefly replaced El Chiapaneco Mexican Restaurant, which replaced Rosalinda Restaurant Hondureno (which, as you recall, late last year moved to 900 W. 35th St., in North Little Rock's Levy neighborhood). The place, at the corner of JFK Boulevard and G Street, was previously Paul's Restaurant and subsequently Lettie's Cakes Etc. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. The holdover phone number is (501) 747-1618.
And speaking of Mexican restaurants. Sept. 19 is the target date for the opening of Vallarta Grill, 7415 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock. It will offer a Mexican seafood menu, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, and, if and when its ABC permit comes through, on-premises beer. The phone number is (501) 410-2304.
Digging around in the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division reports (dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/abc/Pages/weeklyReports.aspx) also turned up these gems:
• Based on the restaurant mixed-drink permit application filed last month, something called La Terraza Rum and Lounge is going into the former Acadia space at 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock.
• Flavor of India, 11121 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, has filed for an on-premises restaurant beer and wine permit.
• Joy L. Evans, who closed Satchemo's Bar and Grill at 1900 W. Third St., Little Rock in June, is apparently planning to reopen as a private club at 2798 S. Second St. in Cabot.
The new Slim Chickens outlet opened Tuesday on schedule at 7514 Cantrell Road (at Keightly Drive), Little Rock. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. The phone number is (501) 246-5791.
Meanwhile, Tuesday was also the target date that owner John Walker Jr. gave us for the reopening, in its new location at 521 Center St., Little Rock, of Jerky's Spicy Chicken and More. As of our Tuesday deadline, however, the phone number -- (501) 246-3096 -- was still returning only a voice mail message thanking patrons for their patience. Neither the "Jerkys Jamerican" Facebook page, (facebook.com/jerkys.jamerican) nor the website, (jerkys.net), gave any indication as to the restaurant's status.
Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill, 322 Main St., Little Rock, has won the 2015 Keggy "People's Choice" Award from Free Flow Wines of Napa Valley, Calif., recognizing its "Exceptional and Sustainable Wine on Tap" program. The restaurant is one of only a few in Arkansas that serves wine directly from kegs. Online voting closed July 31. Samantha's pulled in about 600 votes, according to a Free Flow spokesman, about twice as many as the roughly 300 votes each of the five runner-up U.S. dining-and-drinking establishments: Bar Vinedo in Queen City, Ariz.; the Bleu Garten in Oklahoma City; Brick+Wood in Fairfield, Conn.; Highball & Harvest in the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.; and the Wonderland Ocean Pub in San Diego.
The Arkansas Hospitality Association will hold its annual Arkansas Culinary Classic on Tuesday in Hall 4 of the Statehouse Convention Center, Markham and Main streets. Chefs are competing in four categories (soup/salad, dessert, entree and appetizer). Judging starts at 4:30 p.m.; the dinner/silent auction begins at 6:30. Tickets, $45, include a wine and beer tasting, silent auction and after party. Call (501) 376-2323 or visit arhospitality.org/events/culinary-classic silent-auction.
Has a restaurant opened -- or closed -- near you in the last week or so? Does your favorite eatery have a new menu? Is there a new chef in charge? Drop us a line. Call (501) 399-3667 or (501) 378-3513, or send a note to Restaurants, Weekend Section, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, P.O. Box 2221, Little Rock, Ark. 72203. Send email to:
Weekend on 09/10/2015
Print Headline: TRANSITIONS