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Restaurant owners can open up dining capacity to 100%, but many think it’s too soon

Arkansas restaurants can now fill to capacity in spectacular pre-pandemic fashion. But we’re still in a pandemic, with a largely unvaccinated workforce of servers and front-of-house staff facing the public.

Chef Payne Harding of Cache Restaurant competes in worldwide Favorite Chef competition

Harding noticed in an email that he’d been selected for the contest shortly after going through two casting rounds for the Food Network’s Guy Fieri show “Guy’s Grocery Games.”
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Coffee delivered

There’s no shortage of locally roasted, delicious coffee in Arkansas. Roasters that sell online and will ship beans to your door include Brave New Restaurant, Fidel & Co., Doomsday Coffee (Fayetteville), Stirling Roastery (Booneville), Guillermo’s Gourmet Coffee, RoZark Hills Coffee Roastery (Rose Bud) and Big Cuppa Roasting (Morrilton). 

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame winners announced in virtual ceremony

Over 2,000 nominations were received this year from all 75 counties, which is a record for the program. In in the first Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, five years ago, "We were thrilled to get 300 nominations," Hurst said.

Main Street restaurants still flooded and shuttered following water main rupture

Williams said he hopes to be opened back up on Monday or Tuesday of next week and that today, the first Friday of lent, is not an ideal day for a popular fish restaurant to be closed.

Basements of Main Street restaurants flood after water main ruptures

“Everything we had down in the basement was underwater,” said Chris Tanner, owner of Samantha's Tap Room. A water main break forced a road closure and caused significant flooding to multiple businesses. 

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A Central Arkansas snowpocalypse dining guide

We praise all restaurants that are choosing to remain closed to keep staff and customers safe. But we're also here to let you know that there are some places braving the elements to provide some snow day provisions.

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.

Filmmaker Jesse Burks to open Burks Brothers Brewing this spring in Bryant

We talked with surgeon, filmmaker and now brewery owner Jesse Burks about Burks Brothers Brewing, lake beers and the strange origins of some of B3's abundant wall art. 
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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.
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Hot Springs hooch: New distillery emerges from pandemic leaner, wiser

Firing up a brand-new distillery during a pandemic calls for optimism, ingenuity and endurance. Luckily, the founders of Crystal Ridge Distillery in Hot Springs have all three.

Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists announced

Nominations were received from all 75 counties, and a total 2,014 nominations came in, a record for this program, Hurst said. Winners will be announced on Feb. 22 in the first ever virtual Arkansas Food Hall of Fame event.

North Little Rock Restaurant Week starts today

"We hope to show our restaurants, who had a tough economic year in 2020, that their community is here for them and cares,” said Karen Trevino, North Little Rock CVB President & CEO.
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Crafting cocktails at home with Arkansas bartenders 

One of the things I miss most about going to bars is the person behind all the fun — the person giving us something to hold in our hands, the one who knows our poison and fuels our buzz and inevitably gives us the crushing news informing us of how much fun we’ve had in a formal spoken word announcement simply known as the bar tab.

Hillcrest Entertainment District approved for First Thursday shop-and-sips

Restaurants and bars in the district will be able to sell drinks in approved cups that customers can take with them as they shop and walk within the district.

Natural State Brewing Co. goes all in on lagers

“People kind of forgot the most pleasurable experiences can come from a light-bodied beer,” Natural State Brewing's Will Sonneman said. “That’s why we’ve seen a rekindling of lager beer.”

Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance partners with three Central Arkansas restaurants on Plating Change initiative

The Plating Change initiative has also partnered with actor and North Little Rock native Mary Steenburgen and her husband, actor Ted Danson, who are both longtime supporters of the No Kid Hungry campaign to combat childhood hunger.

The Fold creates new 'pod system' staff safety measure, resumes outdoor dining

"This last closure brought to light again how important it was for us to minimize exposure to staff members as much as possible," chef and co-owner Alex Smith said in an email.

A Beginner's Guide to Bourbon

If you’re in the spirit for a new spirit this year, don’t be afraid to give bourbon a try. Here’s a beginner’s guide to help you on your way.
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