Samantha’s has a new chef in her kitchen; NLR outlet chicken salad chain building


Jimmy Carter, whose cooking credits include Cajun’s Wharf and several Arkansas country clubs, started working on the new executive chef on Monday at Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill, 322 Main Street, Little Rock. Carter is also a former Diamond Chef finalist, losing to Capers’ Mary Beth Ringgold in the 2017 competition. He says he was recruited primarily to create daily specials and will head Samantha’s catering department; it doesn’t make any significant changes to the existing menu or how the kitchen operates – “It’s a well-oiled machine. They take pride in what they do and they care. It’s awesome.”

Come to The Other Center parking lot (near target) where McCain Boulevard meets US 67/167: Central Arkansas second exit from Chick Chicken Salad. He is not yet on the channel’s website (; the helpful folks at the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau found the information from the other outlet’s Facebook page at 20370 Interstate 30 North, Benton.

Social Cypress, 7103 Cock of the Walk Lane, North Little Rock, celebrates its first birthday Wednesday-August. 21 with specials including a 16-ounce rib eye with a “free birthday cake for the table” and “$ 5 all night bites” (Cypress Burger Sliders, Peppadew Cheese and Arancini Balls), as well only $ 5 bar promotions. Call (501) 916-2670 or visit

Cypress Social, near Maumelle Boulevard in North Little Rock, is celebrating its first anniversary with special food and drink. (Democratic Gazette file photo / Eric E. Harrison)

Close, The Hangout Grill & Bar, 10840 Maumelle Blvd., North Little Rock, closed on July 31 and apparently its Facebook page was taken down. (A search of the Hangout Bar and Grill pages revealed places with the same or similar name in Jacksonville, Illinois, and San Jose, Philippines, but not North Little Rock.)

Owner-operator Devin Marcel says there is now a “realistic” goal for the September 15th opening The original hot dog factory, in progress at 1424 Main St., Little Rock, the first central Arkansas outlet of an Atlanta-based franchise / chain. Publications of August 2 “hiring in progress” on the Facebook page ( are looking for a general manager and two assistant managers (aka team leaders). Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday to Sunday. Visit

And speaking of hot dogs, Lea’s Gourmet Dogs & Daiquiri, 215 Center St., Little Rock, in what was previously Your Mama’s Good Food, the original location of Noodles & Dumpling Co., Hanaroo and Three Fold’s temporary Haybird Chicken pop-up have reduced their hours – now 11 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm Monday through Friday, 1 pm to 9 pm Saturday. The phone number is (501) 615-8878.

Business reporter Noel Oman, who monitors Little Rock’s building permits, picked these two from the most recent list: $ 750,000 for “New shell building for future.” Starbucks shop. Single story construction and site work “at 13820 David O. Dodd Drive, and”David Burgers tenant finish ”, a 3,300 square foot building at 11915 Interstate 30, value: $ 450,000.

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As covid-19 cases continue to climb in Arkansas, some restaurants have made adjustments. For example, Jerry Barakat, owner of a Arthur’s first steakhouse and Oceans at Arthur’s in the 16000 block of Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, says its restaurants again require all patrons to wear face masks. “We have taken all possible and available measures during the pandemic to keep our friends, customers and staff as safe, healthy and protected as anywhere in the country,” Barakat said via social media. “We intend to keep it like this.”

And along Cantrell Road, trios Owner / Chef Capi Peck posted this last week on Facebook: “We are masked and upset. We require our customers to wear masks when entering and moving around the restaurant. We have removed the tables and chairs to create more distance in the dining room. Over a year ago, we invested in a cold plasma filtration system that kills viruses. We are seeing a big increase in take out and are doing our best to provide curbside delivery when requested. “

While owner / chef Mark Abernathy has implemented a mask policy for Loca Luna and red door: “We hate it, but because so many Arkansans still refuse to help us and our industry (and our state) by getting vaccinated, we ask our customers to all wear a mask when entering and until that they sit at a table. Our staff are vaccinated but we will continue to wear masks even though it is very uncomfortable and impractical. It also makes it more difficult for restaurants to attract and hire employees that we need to function.

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Citing the high prices of beef, Small & Keet has withdrawn from the list of Central Arkansas restaurants participating in Rock City Burger Week, 23-29 August. We previously reported that Excaliburger Owner / Founder Kyle Pounders is involved in a World Central Kitchen project in Louisiana and we doubted he would return in time to participate.

Stone’s Throw Rigid Station, 3015 W. Markham St., Little Rock, is hosting “Jurassic Park Trivia” at 6:30 pm today, with Stone’s Throw gift certificates as prizes. Teams can have up to six people and the reception hall accepts reservations – call (501) 379-8663.

Fire station submarines Springdale’s first outlet, 4914-1 Elms Springs Road, opened on Monday, also Arkansas’ first outlet with the chain’s new community design layout, which, according to a press release, “Features a repositioned command area, a designated area for Rapid Rescue To Go commands and a new rear layout with more efficient flow for crew members.”

Escolar is part of this plate of sashimi - the fair white fish

Escolar is part of that sashimi plate – the white fish just “north” of the lemon slices. Democratic Gazette / Eric E. Harrison File Photo)

A Department of Health inspection at the end of June of a local seafood sushi restaurant that will remain unnamed forces them to change the menu to reflect that one of their foods “must be labeled as a common name. . Depending on the manufacturing package, the content is Escolar. The manager will change the name on the menu. ” Escolar, a white-fleshed fish, is frequently listed on sushi menus as “white tuna” or “super white tuna”.

And the weekly ad mail that appeared in our mailbox last week included a first-order promotional discount offer from a food service delivery company. Dashboard, on which it was noted that the service was “proud to partner with local and national restaurants”, including The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, Tender Shack (Dang Good Chicken) and Mexican Qdoba Eats. Except that none of these chains has a point of sale in central Arkansas. Qdoba has restaurants in Fayetteville, Rogers and Jonesboro; the nearest Cheesecake Factory is in Memphis. According to its website, Shake Shack has no outlet in Arkansas; we don’t know which is closest – St. Louis, Kansas City, or New Orleans. And Tender Shack, apparently, is available for delivery only through Doordash, but attempting to order from multiple locations in Little Rock, Fayetteville, and Hot Springs all resulted in this message: “Tender Shack is not delivering to your address currently.”

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