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RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Cupcakes returning to Heights; Flyway sweepstakes promotes duck brew

by Eric E. Harrison | November 25, 2021 at 1:33 a.m.
Caked Up Cupcakes and Ice Cream is going into the former Poke Hula space, 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock’s Pulaski Heights. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison)


Something called Caked Up Cupcakes and Ice Cream is going into the former Poke Hula space, 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd., in Little Rock's Pulaski Heights. We don't have a timeline or any idea of just what it will grow up to be, but we found a place called Caked Up in Durant, Okla. The people who run it said when we called that this is not connected to them in any way. It's the latest of a string of cupcake shops on that stretch of Kavanaugh — two previous occupants of the space at the corner of Fillmore Street, the Cupcake Factory and Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, did not succeed.

Blue Dolphins Fish & Chicken, 4324 Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock, which opened in July, has been "temporarily closed," according to a sign on the door, for close to two months. We were unable to reach anyone at the original location at 4920 Baseline Road, Little Rock.

It's duck season, and Flyway Brewing, which brews a craft beer it calls Flying Duck, joins the Flying Duck Taproom in Stuttgart and Rich-N-Tone for the inaugural Flying Duck Migration Celebration sweepstakes. Arkansans over 21 can enter through Jan. 31 to win swag from Yeti, Sitka and RNT Calls, as well as VIP meet-and-greet tickets for concerts by country singers Riley Green and Jordan Davis. (Travel costs are not included in the prize.) The brewpub will announce winners every month on its Facebook page, Facebook.com/FlywayBrewing. While no purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes, its purpose is to induce folks to purchase Flying Duck; for a list of the 10 outlets, mostly liquor stores, across the state where it's available, as well as more information, rules, regs and an entry form, visit FlywayBrewing.com/sweepstakes.

And a total of 2,220 nominations from all 75 Arkansas counties came in during October for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism's 2022 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. A committee of historians, chefs, foodies and food authors will pick the winners of Proprietor of the Year, Food-Themed Event, Gone But Not Forgotten and People's Choice and announce them at 3 p.m. Jan. 24 in a hybrid event at the Arkansas Heritage building, 1100 North St., Little Rock. Visit ArkFoodHOF.com.

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We're repeating our list of places that we know will be open and serving today, Thanksgiving. Call ahead to make sure things are as we've been told they are, and to make reservations, which are, if not mandatory, strongly recommended.

◼️ Arthur's Prime Steakhouse, 16100 Chenal Parkway, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., sit-down feast, featuring Southern deviled eggs, shrimp cocktail, sushi, Caesar and mixed green salads; entrees — choice of turkey breast with giblet gravy and cranberry relish, cola-brown sugar glazed ham or beef tenderloin with a mushroom demi-glace; choice of 10 side items and eight desserts. $70, $30 for children 11 and younger. (501) 821-1838; arthursprimesteakhouse.com.

◼️ Capital Bar & Grill, Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, is offering a Thanksgiving "dine-in" buffet, pretty much throughout the ground floor, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., $72, $32 for children 12 and younger. However, it is already completely booked with a waiting list. Capitalbarandgrill.com/menu/thanksgiving-2021.

◼️ Black Bear Diner, Lakewood Village, 2724 Lakewood Village Drive, North Little Rock. Open regular hours, 5 a.m.-7 p.m.; starting at 11 a.m., three-course meals — centered on prime rib, roasted turkey or holiday ham — while supplies last. Carry-out and delivery orders starting Monday at blackbeardiner.com. (501) 812-0393.

◼️ Bobby's Cafe, 18505 MacArthur Drive, North Little Rock, will be open 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., first-come, first-served, fixed-price ($14.29) Thanksgiving dinner, including dessert and drink. (501) 851-7888.

◼️ Taj Mahal, 1520 Market St., Little Rock, will be open. Call for times and reservations (recommended): (501) 520-4900; Tajmahalar.com.

◼️ YaYa's EuroBistro, in the Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, will have Thanksgiving Day buffet, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with a carving station (turkey, prime rib, Petit Jean ham), trimmings, sides, salads and desserts, $39.95, $15.95 children 12 and younger, free for children 5 and under. (501) 821-1144; yayaseurobistro.com/little-rock-menus.

◼️ Denny's, IHOP and Waffle House locations are, mostly, open; some IHOPs close early on holidays. However, with the pandemic in play, hours may shift or shorten. Check in advance to make sure.

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. Send email to: [email protected]


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