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Pridgin Family Brewery joins growing list of small-town Arkansas beermakers

Opening a brewery was a gamble for the Pridgin family. Even with Country Monks and Prestonrose seeing success nearby, beer tastes in Logan County still tip towards cheap industrial lagers.

‘It’s fine, though, all I had this morning was a smoothie’: A pandemic food diary

An assignment to compile a list of cheap eats in Central Arkansas in December coalesced, for Arkansas Times Associate Editor Rhett Brinkley, with a “Twin Peaks” viewing streak, a stubborn commitment to drinking water and a local restaurant takeout scene scrambling to weather the weirdest of winters.
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Arkansas’s star from India: Sami Lal

“Anyone who comes to dine in or order takeout are my guests coming to my home,” Lal said.

The timeless appeal of Newport's Postmaster Spirits

If that name clangs any bells, if it whispers of any hangovers past, it’s likely because of the all-too-timely product that brought an orange wave of headlines back in April 2019: Trump Tonic. (“Trump tonic will grab you by your ‘wherever,’ ” the back of the bottle reads.)
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Arkansas chefs offer favorite recipes

The holiday season looks different this year. Because of the pandemic, many people won’t be celebrating with as many friends and family as they have in the past. But the smaller table might bring an opportunity to spend more creative time in the kitchen.

Bentonville's The Preacher's Son announces new chef

The Preacher’s Son, the downtown Bentonville restaurant located in a restored historic church, has announced that it will welcome Arkansas native Neal Gray as its new executive chef. Current executive chef, Matthew Cooper, is leaving the restaurant in pursuit of a new project with his last service on Sat., Dec. 12.
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MeMe’s Twisted Potato serves up affordable vegan food with a twist

“My philosophy is eating healthy shouldn’t break your pockets, it shouldn’t be limited to one class of person. Healthy food should be available for everyone,” Coleman said.

Vegan bakery franchise Cinnaholic coming to West Little Rock this winter

Little Rock’s Cinnaholic, opening this winter at 12800 Chenal Parkway, suite 7, joins nearly 40 existing locations in the US.
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Exterior of East Sixth Brewery.

East Sixth Brewing Co. closes taproom, cites rise in COVID-19 cases

East Sixth Brewing Co., formerly Rebel Kettle, in Little Rock's East Village neighborhood, has elected to close its taproom due to safety concerns with the rise of COVID-19 cases as winter approaches.

Kaleidoscope Film Festival goes virtual, DOT's virtual EP release party, chili cha cha in person

Here's some things going on this weekend if you can rip yourself away from the election results.
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Vote for your favorite restaurants!

Since 1981, the Arkansas Times has asked its readers to vote for the best restaurants in the state. Through Nov. 29, support your favorite restaurant by voting in our annual Readers Choice Awards. It's the 40th anniversary of the poll this year, and it's sponsored by Ben E. Keith.

The Faded Rose giving staff Election Day off

Laurie David, who along with husband Ed and son Zac own the New Orleans-style Cajun restaurant The Faded Rose on Rebsamen Park Road, said they've thought about closing the store for the last several presidential elections but just never pulled the trigger.

Pharmacist spouses bring craft brewery to Camden

“We really wanted to bring a sense of community and a place where everyone could come and spend time, whether it be with their kids, family, friends or pets," Lauren Glaze said.

Food Truck Friday, and more food trucks this weekend

This might be your last chance for the year to catch Food Truck Fridays at Simmons Bank Arena.

Black Angus reopens in original midtown location

Black Angus opened on Monday for drive-thru and pickup. "Next week we'll probably start delivery service, but I'm trying to get this new routine down before we open dine-in. Baby steps," owner Karla Creasey said.

Mockingbird Bar wins grant, will donate to SoMa Outdoor Dining Room: Update

Mockingbird was one of 67 businesses nationally that received the grants.

Original Hot Dog Factory comes to SoMa

Owner Devin Wilkerson said he first learned about the franchise on the TV show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” on the Bravo network. The franchise’s CEO and president Dennis McKinley is the fiance of Porsha Williams, who is one of the housewives featured in the show. 

Capi Peck on Trio’s longevity, her employee family and 2020

“We’re able to make it, but we’re really looking for that RESTAURANT Acts 2020 [in Congress]. This industry, we were the first to close and one of the last to open and we need some help,” Peck said. 

Firefly Burger food truck brings gourmet burgers to Maumelle Boulevard

Co-owner Cassandra Kassis said that she and her husband’s favorite part of the day was spending a couple hours in the evening cooking in the kitchen together. Friends and relatives have been telling them they needed to open a restaurant, so they decided to start with a food truck. 

Adam Faucett, virtual cheese dip and so much more food this weekend

Prepare your taste buds because this weekend is sure to please. I can't remember a time when so much flavor was packed into one weekend. The real challenge will be figuring out a way to sample a little bit of everything. We're here to help.
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