We have no shortage of food news throughout Arkansas, so each week, we’ll be providing you with a snapshot of the goings-on inside the culinary world, from events to specials to restaurant openings to awards. Do you have news to share? Please email our food editor, Kevin Shalin, at [email protected].
Chick-fil-A giveth, and Chick-fil-A taketh away. To the latter point, this week it was announced that the location in McCain Mall is closing its doors after 37 years in operation. But the good news for fans of the popular fast food joint is that the Little Rock City Board has approved Chick-fil-A’s usage of a city alley for drive-thru space at the soon-to-come downtown location on Broadway.
Did you catch AY’s president and publisher Heather Baker on KARK for the Bucket List segment last week? If not, you missed some more exciting news for the city of Conway. While she visited the Smallcakes Cupcakery location in North Little Rock, owner Ricky Alvarez shared with viewers that they have plans to open a new location in Conway soon.
The cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in Arkansas, and some local restaurants have been making adjustments. Among them, Jerry Barakat, owner of Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse and Oceans at Arthur’s in Little Rock, announced that both of his fine-dining locations were going back to requiring masks of all patrons.
“We took every measure possible and available during the pandemic to keep our friends, customers and staff as safe, healthy and protected as best as anywhere in the nation,” Barakat says in a social media announcement. “We intend to keep it this way.”
In Fayetteville, the restaurants Feed and Folly, The Farmer’s Table Cafe and Theo’s all decided to temporarily close down due to COVID-19 concerns, each taking the time off to restructure and implement more precautionary measures.
Tyson Foods announced that, since partnering with the Northwest Arkansas-based food waste company Food Loops, it has recycled 35 tons of food from the cafeteria at its headquarters.
A few new laws approved by the Arkansas Legislature took effect this week. Now, restaurants, liquor stores and breweries are able to deliver alcohol to customers. Restaurants may also sell alcohol in to-go containers. Many businesses utilized these temporary measures in the early days of the pandemic, but now the laws have become permanent.
Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.