Walk-On hunts for the LR location; Crumbl Cookies to debut in Lakewood


Press Secretary for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Walk-On Sports Bistro the franchise chain confirms that its Arkansas franchisees are looking for a location in Little Rock, but does not specify where. We contacted franchisee Chris McJunkins but did not receive a response by the due date, so we are unable to confirm the report from a usually reliable source that the restaurant, once described as offering “incredible Louisiana-style food, our wide selection of cocktails and craft beer, family sports atmosphere and our commitment to superior customer service,” walks into a vacant former pizzeria on Chenal Parkway. We will keep you informed. Walk-On’s stores are located in Conway, Fayetteville, Fort Smith and Rogers. McJunkins also owns several Walk-Ons in Louisiana.

We were told to look for an opening cookie crumb store in Lakewood Village, off McCain Boulevard west of McCain Mall, North Little Rock in early to mid-February. A spokesman for the mall says it’s a couple of doors away from the former Fox and Hound and they expect it to open on Feb. 2. As of earlier this week, it has yet to appear on the network’s website. Little Rock’s first outlet opened in August at downtown Pleasant Ridge, 11525 Cantrell Road; there are also outlets in Conway, Benton, Rogers and Bentonville.

Bar Mockingbird and Tacos, 1220 Main St., Little Rock, began serving Sunday brunch from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a menu that offers a plate of biscuits and gravy (with two eggs), Tres Leches French toast (with blueberry compote and spicy whipped cream). ), wings and waffles, a brunch burger, a breakfast plate (fried potatoes with chorizo, cheese, two medium eggs, corn, peppers, onions and pico de gallo) and a quesadilla brunch. Plus “creative brunch cocktails”. (501) 313-5413.

Pink olive catfish, 1501 Main St., Little Rock, a “quirky” gift shop that also aims to be “a creative place with a mission to inspire philanthropy and beautiful living,” the espresso bar added. Morgan Bowie, gift salesman and project manager, tells us that the “little coffee corner”, as she puts it, gets its coffee from an Onyx roaster in Northwest Arkansas and uses syrups from Pink House Alchemy in Northwest Arkansas, and that the barista on duty almost every day can do almost everything you need. Opening hours are now 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, but they are still addressing issues in the context of store hours and “what makes sense at our end of the street.” (501) 246-3400;

New food truck south turn pasta opened a store at 8701 Maumelle Blvd. in North Little Rock, near the Momel exit of Interstate 430, they serve Buffalo chicken penne, garlic Alfredo with lemon butter, pasta with smoked beef and cheese, spaghetti and fried catfish, and deep-fried lasagna appetizer. (501) 500-3051;

West LR SocialThe juice and smoothie bar, described on Facebook page as “fast food for smart people with healthy smoothies and clean energy drinks,” is due to open in mid-February at 18406 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. slightly east of where Cantrell meets Chenal Boulevard, opposite Italian grill in Milan.

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Deluca’s Pizza in Hot Springs, after spending 4.5 years at 831 Central Ave, moves to larger neighborhoods next door at 833 Central Ave. January 21st was the last night of work before the move. Anthony Valinoti, owner and proprietor, wrote on his Facebook page: “We look forward to getting back to work in early February. We thank [you] as always, despite years of support, Deluca 3.0 is coming soon and it will be hot.” (501) 609-9002;

Valinoti also confirmed earlier this month previously reported plans for a second Deluca at the Breckenridge Village Mall in Little Rock, on Interstate 430, and on North Rodney Parham Road: “Everything’s going on, a new sheriff is coming to town, Deluca’s Pizza going to LR this year. After years of people asking me, this opportunity was too good to pass up.” Waldo, Bo Briggs, “and the great one, Mr. John Currens.”

“I will split my time between the two places and make sure it is up to DeLuca standards, and I assure you it will be,” Valinoti writes. “Have a nice New Year, see you at the Rock in May or June.”

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Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center, 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff, offers seven sessions in its CREATE Lab Series for children from 10 to 17 years old, from 13 to 15 on Saturdays, from February 4 to March 18. Faith Anaya and the staff at her Little Rock Cooking School Kids Cook! are instructors. The theme for winter 2023 is “We cook what we grow and we grow what we cook”; occupations will include food preparation safety, food science, reading nutrition labels, a profession in nutrition, trying new foods, and gardening. It is limited to 10 students; the cost is $35 for all seven sessions (half scholarship available). Register by calling (870) 536-3375 or at

And we’re checking the opening date of the outlet at 1512 E. Centerton Blvd., Bentonville, in Irvine, California. Wiener Schnitzel a hot dog chain that launched on October 20 with a scheduled opening in February. A location on Elm Springs Road in Springdale is also reportedly under development. In January 2022, we reported that the chain had signed a development agreement with Tejas Dogs, LLC to build 20 new restaurants over the next 12 years across Arkansas, where it currently has no outlets, but considers the area “completely underserved.” This is in line with the chain’s recent press release announcing a “limited-time franchise incentive program” called “Hot Dogs for Profit” to attract qualified franchisees and “support the chain’s aggressive 2023 expansion goals that include growth opportunities.” Worldwide”. Midwest and some southern states.” Check out the chain, including its menu, at

Has a restaurant near you opened or closed in the last week or so? Does your favorite eatery have a new menu? Do you have a new chef? Write to us. Send an email to: [email protected]

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