We have no shortage of food bites throughout Arkansas, so each week, we’ll be providing you with a snapshot of the goings-on inside the culinary world, from events and specials to restaurant openings and awards. Do you have news to share? Please email our Online Editor Kilee Hall at khall@aymag.com.


Venesian Inn, located at 582 W Henri de Tonti Blvd in Tontitown, made 24/7 Tempo’s list of “The 25 Best Old-School Italian Restaurants in America.” Click here to learn more.


Rising Star Boba Co., which will be located in the Outlets of Little Rock at 11201 Bass Pro Pkwy, has officially set its grand opening for Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m.


Tuskers Tavern recently opened at 1830 N Crossover Road in Fayetteville. The restaurant and bar will serve beer, wine, cocktails, shareable plates, flatbread pizzas, paninis and a dessert of the day.


7 Brew Coffee will now be rapidly expanding across the U.S. thanks to a growth equity investment made by Blackstone and affiliated funds. Click here for all the details.


Butter Scotch Bakery & Bar, located at 104 E Central in Bentonville Square, held its soft opening on Feb. 17.


Jersey Mike’s Subs is officially making its way to Jonesboro, according to Haag Brown Commercial. It’s expected to open this June in the newly developed Wolf Creek Shopping Center.


Swag Banh Mi, a new Vietnamese food truck serving sandwiches, spring rolls and more, just opened up at 428 S. Government Avenue in Fayetteville.


Fayetteville Strawberry Festival, a new event that was just recently announced, will be held on Sunday, May 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the downtown Fayetteville square. The festival will have food, live music, family activities and more, according to Fayetteville Flyer.


Slim Chickens, for the whole month of February, is offering a special limited-time heart-shaped waffle meal paired with their famous 100% all-natural chicken tenders, butter and maple syrup and donating one dollar to Arkansas Children’s for every chicken and waffle meal sold. Click here for more details.


Arkansas Food Hall of Fame nominations are still open, but will be closing on Feb. 29. Click here for more information.


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