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].
Arkansas is about to be home to its first Sullivan’s Steakhouse. The national brand announced this week that it would be opening a location in the Promenade at Chenal in Little Rock in early 2022.
The Little Rock location of JB ChopHouse (formerly Bone’s Chophouse) is apparently closed for good. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported last week that the capital city location was up for lease, with the leasing agent confirming to the paper that she was in talks with a potential new tenant for the space. Prior to JB ChopHouse’s brief run in the building, it was occupied by Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse, which moved down the road off Chenal Parkway.
Some sad news came from Corky’s Ribs & BBQ Little Rock this week. The barbecue joint shared on Facebook that long-time employee Elvin Smith had passed away. Corky’s briefly closed its stores on Oct. 16 in celebration of his life.
“Legends never die, but this one sure will be missed,” the social media post reads. “Elvin Smith has been with Corky’s since the start. He has served past presidents, TV personalities, more than a few Razorback athletes, and thousands more. Elvin was more than ‘an award winning caterer,’ which was his self-proclaimed title, he was our friend. We’re so thankful for our time together.”
The city of Greenbrier is about to get a Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express. According to its Facebook page, the California-based chain serves “Fatburger’s signature handcrafted burgers, sandwiches, sides and shakes alongside our world-famous fresh, never frozen chicken wings and sauces from Buffalo’s Cafe.” It’s local Google listing indicates a Nov. 15 opening date.
Marianna’s historic Jones Bar-B-Q made The New York Times‘ 2021 restaurant list.
Lost Forty Brewing’s annual Festival of Darkness beer festival is this Saturday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. The brewery will be unveiling its Nighty Night Imperial Stout at the event.
Maumelle is playing host to the On the Lake Food Truck Festival this weekend. Festivities will take place at Lake Willastein Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.
The Argenta Arts District in North Little Rock is hosting Boos and Brews in Faucett Park on various nights this month. This week’s is Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Organizers say it will feature similar stories to the Haunted Argenta Ghost Tours, but also plenty of new tales with a “lusty and lascivious” slant.
And in case you missed it, “Fright Night in Argenta” is on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Here’s all the info, including a link to purchase tickets.
The Arkansas State Fair is ongoing through Oct. 24 at the State Fairgrounds. AY’s food editor, Kevin Shalin, made a visit this week to try some of the famous (and unique) fair food.
Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.
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