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Ice Cream and Fudge Shop to Open Next Month in Arcade Building

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Construction of the Arcade Building in downtown Little Rock is just months from completion.

There's another sorbet option coming to downtown Little Rock.

We first told you about this particular store, Kilwins, coming to the Arcade Building back in April. The ice cream shop is set to open next month!

Although it's a chain, Kilwins isn't your typical, run-of-the-mill ice cream shop. In addition to ice cream, the shop will have fudge, toffee, caramel and caramel apples, brittles and salt water taffy.

For ice cream lovers, you can waffle cones and bowls made right there in the store. All your topping choices, like caramel and chocolate, are made in-house, as well. The shop will also feature gourmet coffee and hot chocolate, and other beverages.

This will be the first Kilwins location in Arkansas. It will be located at 415 President Clinton Ave. next to Freckled Frog.

The shop will have a soft opening Aug. 16, and be officially open Aug. 17. A grand opening weekend-long event is planned for September, but no official dates have been set. Kilwins will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the store, click here.

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MarketPlace Grill Coming to Little Rock

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MarketPlace Grill is coming to Little Rock!

The Springdale-based restaurant announced recently it will be moving in at 11600 Pleasant Ridge Road, the former home of Carino's Italian Grill, near the Pleasant Ridge Town Center.

Dave Godwin, a managing partner of the restaurant, said the location is currently under remodel and should be open by early fall.

"Little Rock is a market we've had an eye on for quite some time," Godwin said. "It was just a matter of finding the right place at the right time."

Godwin said the space in Little Rock, 6,700-SF, is a bit smaller than the restaurant's other locations, but said the layout was a plus, which included an open kitchen and wood-burning oven. The restaurant is expected to seat about 250 patrons.

MarketPlace has applied for a liquor license to serve beer and wine. Godwin says the restaurant will have a bar.

MarketPlace offers soups, salads, pizza, burgers and sandwiches, pasta and steaks, in addition to signature starters like the flaming Queso and signature desserts like the Chocolate Mess. For a full look at the menu, click here.

This will be the fourth MarketPlace Grill to open in Arkansas with other locations in Springdale, Fort Smith and Conway. In addition, the restaurant has a MarketPlace Express in Fayetteville.

EJ's Opening for Sunday Brunch!

The same hustle-and-bustle you see at EJ's Eats & Drinks every day for lunch is sure to be seen soon on Sundays.

The restaurant, located at the corner of 6th and Center streets in downtown Little Rock, says it's adding a Sunday brunch service! The menu will feature a wide variety of breakfast options, weekly specials and some of the more popular soups, salads and sandwiches that patrons have grown to love and expect during the week.

"While we have several of our lunch favorites on the brunch menu, we wanted to introduce EJ's own version of some traditional brunch dishes, like Eggs Benedict and Biscuits and Gravy," Glynda Tarpley, EJ's co-owner said in a news release. 

To check out the brunch menu, click here.

EJ's owners say the hope to eventually be open all weekend as Main Street continues to develop.

"We are excited about the growth in downtown and have been looking forward to an opportunity to be open on the weekends," Jim Miners, co-owner, said in the release. 

EJ's, known for its homemade chips, fresh soups and signature sandwiches, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and now 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, as well! For more information, check out the Facebook page.

8 Places to Celebrate National Tequila Day!

Who doesn't love a good reason to enjoy Thirsty Thursday? With the celebration of National Tequila Day, today offers an even better reason than most weeks.

With an ample amount of bars and restaurants in the metro area, you should have plenty of options to quench your thirst! We've compiled a list of just a few places that are partaking in the festivities. 

Happy National Tequila Day, everyone! Stay safe!

Cantina Laredo, 207 N. University Ave., Suite 130, Little Rock: This modern Mexican restaurant will offer $5 shots of Patrón all day long! In addition, the restaurant will have trivia contests on Facebook and Twitter with the awards being a free guacamole and free dessert. For more on the restaurant, click here.

On The Border, 11721 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock: If house margaritas are your thing, be sure and stop by On The Border today! From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the restaurant will be offering $2 house margaritas, and $2 shots of Lunazul Reposado Tequila. Participating locations include the one on Chenal Parkway, in addition to Hot Springs and Sherwood.

South on Main, 1304 S. Main St., Little Rock: The folks at South on Main are ringing in the special tequila holiday with a $6 Paloma special. The drink is made with tequila, fresh grapefruit, Mountain Valley Sparkling Lime and a pinch of salt. For more information on the restaurant, click here.

Colonial Wine & Spirits, 11200 W. Markham, Little Rock: Colonial Wine & Spirits is getting in on National Tequila Day with 10 percent off its tequila selection Thursday! They'll also have a Tanteo Spicy Margarita available at the tasting bar. The drink features 2 ounces Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila, 1 ounce fresh lime juice and 3/4 ounce Agave Nectar. One more special if you'd like to continue the tequila celebration at home, Colonial will have its Don Julio Silver Tequila available for $39.99, which is usually $47.99. For more information, click here.

Red Door & Loca Luna, 3701 Old Cantrell Road & 3519 Old Cantrell Road, Little Rock: Over at Red Door and Loca Luna, enjoy $5 margaritas, either frozen or rocks! For more on the restaurants, click here or here.

Big Orange & Local Lime, 17809 Chenal Parkway, Suite G-101 & 207 N. University Ave., Suite 100, and 17809 Chenal Parkway, Suite F-105, Little Rock: Yellow Rocket Concepts will not be left out of the celebration. Over at Local Lime, located at 17809 Chenal Parkway, Suite F-105, you can enjoy $5 house margaritas all day long, either rocks or frozen. The margarita includes Reposado Tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and Stirrings Triple Sec. At Big Orange, which has two locations at 17809 Chenal Parkway, Suite G-101 and 207 N. University Ave., Suite 100, you can enjoy $5 El Diablo cocktails all day long. The drink includes Siembra Azul Blanco Tequila, Clear Creek Cassis, lime juice and Barritt's Ginger Beer. Local Lime will also offer any of its $2 flavor add-ins for free! The add-ins include Aperol, Fernet, Root and Violette.

Celebrate Stone's Throw Brewing Birthday Next Week

Stone's Throw Brewing is throwing quite the party to celebrate its first year in business.

The Block on Rock Birthday Bash is set for 4-9 p.m. Aug. 2 in the 800 block of Rock Street. The block in the MacArthur Park Historic District will be closed to traffic.

Included in the birthday bash is live music, food trucks, local vendors and, of course, craft beer! Stone's Throw says it will have 12 beers on tap at the block party. Admission is $3. The event will benefit the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.

"We had originally wanted to hold a block party for our grand opening last August, but decided we had our hands full just getting the brewery started," Theron Cash, co-owner, said in a news release. "Now that Stone's Throw beers have hit their stride, we can spend a little more time celebrating."

Flight Machine of Fayetteville and The Cane Hill Engagement of Little Rock will provide live music with showtimes at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will also be a vendor area for local merchants.

The Southern Gourmasian, Luncheria Mexican Alicia, The Waffle Wagon, Black Hound Bar-B-Q, Hot Rod Wieners, The Pie Hole and Loblolly Creamery have all committed to setting up for the birthday bash.

"This will kind of be a combined mini-version of the food truck fest and Rocktoberfest," Shawn Tobin, co-owner, said in the release. "It's the best of both worlds."

The birthday bash will cap off a month-long celebration. Stone's Throw marked a year of brewing July 4 with the release of its Anniversary Stout. On July 18, the brewing company released, in collaboration with other Little Rock brewers, the Ales for ALS Hoppy Wheat as a fundraiser for Lou Gehrig's disease. A beer dinner July 30 will benefit the Quapaw Quarter Association as part of their Summer Supper series.

Stone's Throw was founded by Theron Cash, Brad McLaurin, Shawn Tobin and Ian Beard. The four men began brewing operations July 4, 2013, and opened a tap room Aug. 1, 2013. The brewing company specializes in small-batch, artisanal beers.

Go-and-Do: Learn How to Cook with Craft Beer

Want to learn how to cook with craft beer?

Arkansas Craft Distributors is giving you the chance to learn how to do just that Thursday night!

The $75 course will explore the ways beer can add flavor and complexity to various dishes. The class will be taught by Chef Billy Ginocchio. 

You must be 21 to register for the class. To do that, click here.

The class will be in the Community Kitchen at the Pulaski Technical College's Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute, located at 1300 Interstate 30. The class runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

New Hibachi Grill to Open in The Heights Next Month

Shops along Kavanaugh Boulevard in the Heights offer everything from women’s apparel to spa services to luxury linens.

The former spot of Cafe 5501 is set to open next month as an hibachi grill and Thai cuisine restaurant.

The restaurant, Oishi Hibachi & Thai will feature five hibachi grills in addition to seating in the main dining room, patio area, lounge and party room. In addition to its hibachi cuisine, it will also offer poultry, seafood and steak.

Robert Tju, also owner of the Sushi Cafe at 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd, says the 5,500-SF space has been renovated ahead of the opening. Right now, some minor touch ups are being completed. 

Oishi, located at 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., is set to open Aug. 15. Tju said the restaurant will have normal lunch and dinner services from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.

Southern Gourmasian to Open Downtown Restaurant

Southern Gourmasian will be among the vendors at Food Truck Friday in downtown Little Rock. 

News is spreading quickly about Southern Gourmasian coming to a storefront near you in downtown Little Rock!

The brick-and-mortar shop will be at 219 W. Capitol Ave. in the Sterling Annex.

Justin Patterson, owner of the popular Little Rock food truck, says the restaurant will be about 3,000-SF and seat about 85 patrons. In addition, he's planning on having local beers on tap, in addition to others served by the bottle and boutique wine.

The restaurant's menu will be an expansion upon the food truck's current operations. 

Lovers of the food truck, stay calm. Patterson said the truck will still be out-and-about around Little Rock serving its customers.

Patterson says an official open date has not been nailed down yet, but customers should look for the restaurant to begin serving some time later this year. The hours have also not been decided upon, but Patterson says it could serve food from breakfast through dinner.

To keep up with Southern Gourmasian, check out the website and Facebook page.

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