May 21, 2024


Free For All Food

Ciao bids all ‘arrivederci,’ closes doors

Becky Mobly, owner of Ciao Italian Restaurant, 405 W. Seventh St., Small Rock, stated “ciao” to her consumers in a final Facebook publish Monday: “It has been exciting getting my individual tiny entire world at Ciao. I enjoy every single individual who participated in it. I have liked getting section in your birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, new infants, and daily lunches and dinners. This journey has arrive to an end [and] it is now time for a new adventure in this unpredictable earth. Loads of like from your friends and family members at Ciao.” Suzanne Boscarolo opened the cafe in 1985 she later also opened a “department,” Ciao Baci, in 2001. Mobly took Ciao about in 2004 immediately after functioning there for a minimal over a 12 months.

North Little Rock tax revenue officials say it is their comprehension that Hawgz Blues Cafe, 5524 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, has, in actuality, closed. The site,, has lapsed and contacting the cell phone number is fruitless.

The Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt outlet in the Promenade at Chenal, 17801 Chenal Parkway, Minor Rock, has closed — completely, in accordance to a indicator on the doorway. Co-owner Todd Rivers posted this on Fb Sunday: “Unfortunately, Renee and I have made the challenging decision to completely close our Promenade spot. … This past 12 months just offered worries we had been not able to conquer. Our Bryant retailer will continue to be open up, and we invite each individual of you to occur see us there.” That store is at 7301 Alcoa Road, and the cellular phone variety there is (501) 794-6070.

Get the job done carries on on Cafe Bar Mar y Tierra, in the japanese 50 percent of the brick building at 1900 W. 3rd St., Tiny Rock. Operator Gracie Soto claims she nevertheless does not have an opening day. But she has a ask for pending with the point out Alcoholic Beverage Regulate Division for a license to promote alcoholic beverages for usage on the premises and a allow to promote beer at retail to be carried out and not eaten on the premises. The menu will consist primarily of steak and seafood tentative hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. The space has housed lots of consuming and ingesting establishments, the most recent of which was Satchemo’s Bar and Grill past occupants consist of, not necessarily in this purchase, Twelve Modern day Lounge, Star Bar, Cove Ultra Lounge, Special T’s Sub’s & Catering, Mr. Nelson’s BBQ, Blues & Enjoyment and The Italian Couple. The west half, at the moment vacant, formerly housed Warehouse Liquor.

Meanwhile, anything is heading on at the neighboring vacant, revolving-doorway room at 1706 W. 3rd, on the other aspect of a railroad overpass, that most a short while ago housed The Capital’s Seafood Home and various spots just before that. We’ve noticed on far more than one particular situation a yellow pickup truck parked out entrance with the door open. We may well be nearing the resolution of a very long-standing mystery — the creating has been vacant for additional than a yr, considering the fact that the Seafood House shut in November 2019, but there has by no means been a “for sale” or “for lease” sign out front.

We claimed some time back on Jeff Franklin’s job at 724 S. Woodrow, in the vicinity of the Woodrow Road exit from Interstate 630, which at first was to involve a farm-to-table cafe. Franklin claims the pandemic and the resulting hits to the cafe sector have moved that portion of his strategies a few of yrs down the line, but he is building progress on some of the other elements, which includes an indoor garden and a open up-24/7 solar-coated charging station for electric powered automobiles. He is on the lookout initially to integrate a wine bar and has a place for a food truck, with hopes to be up and managing by early July, depending on the climate and the pace of his building crews. Franklin (whose 16 a long time in the restaurant business enterprise incorporated stints at Capers, Corky’s and Buffalo Grill), states he listened to his advisers in delaying the cafe right until the sector has recovered far more absolutely, and “thank God I did not consider out a financial loan for that just before 2020.” Meanwhile, he is also creating progress on renovating the setting up subsequent door, at 704 S. Woodrow, for an artists’ colony, and he has a similar “21st Century filling station” undertaking also just finding underway in Hot Springs.

The North Tiny Rock Conference & Visitors Bureau, the North Small Rock Chamber of Commerce and the town of North Minimal Rock’s Economic Growth have proclaimed Jan. 25-31 as North Minor Rock Cafe 7 days to assistance community eateries. Diners can rack up details for dine-in or to-go orders, obtaining restaurant gift playing cards and/or sharing their ordeals on social media three “Up to Something Area” prizes for the most vigorous individuals contain present cards and goodies to the benefit of $200, $150 or $100. Check out

People functioning on Blue Heaven, likely into the previous Ed and Kay’s at 15228 Interstate 30 North, Benton, say they continue to will not have a target opening day but hopes are for the place to be up and working sometime in the vicinity of Valentine’s Working day. This put up appeared Dec. 31 on the Facebook web page, “Bar tile and mirror function in development! Keep your eyes on our web site for an estimated opening date. We hope to have a single to share with you shortly!” Oh, and the answer to a trivia question on the Facebook web site — how several dining places have occupied the setting up — is five, like Blue Heaven: Pat’s Cafe, Ed & Alma’s, Ed & Kay’s and Bruno’s Italian Villa. Ed & Kay’s occupied the setting up for extra than two a long time just before closing in mid-2014.

And our report very last week on the new outlet of Marco’s Pizza at 3701 E. Johnson Ave., Jonesboro, incorporated a nonoperative telephone range. A representative of the chain has supplied a new, right 1: (870) 393-5656.

Has a cafe opened — or closed — in close proximity to you in the very last week or so? Does your most loved eatery have a new menu? Is there a new chef in cost? Drop us a line. Deliver e-mail to: [email protected]