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


Soul Fish Cafe has announced that it will be closing its downtown Little Rock location. After six years, the eatery made an announcement via a Facebook post, relaying the information that it would not be renewing its lease. Aug. 7 will be the last day of operation. 


Jess’s Chicken, the long-awaited second concept for David’s Burgers (brought to us by co-founder David Alan Bubbus and his wife, Jessica Bubbus, the company’s VP), is expected to open late Aug. at 10907 N. Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock, according to food blogger The Mighty Rib. The new restaurant concept will focus on fried chicken and savory & sweet chicken salad.


For its second location in Northwest Arkansas, Chuy’s has announced it will be opening a new restaurant in Fayetteville. The restaurant will be located at 642 E. Millsap Rd. and the building is currently under construction. 


If you’re looking for a cool down this summer, Icescreams has opened its doors at 4220 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fayetteville. The ice cream shop also offers other menu items. For more information about Icescreams, click here


A Fayetteville favorite, Z’s Brick Oven Pizza, has announced it will be officially closing its doors. The announcement was made by the eatery via an Instagram post


Rock City Taco & Margarita Bar, located at 415 E. Third St. in Little Rock, recently posted to its Facebook page that as of the end of May, the operation is “Temporarily relocated to online and deliveries only.” 

Tacos 4 Life has announced that it has reached a new milestone in its mission. The restaurant has donated 25 million meals to its nonprofit partner, Feed My Starving Children, since opening its doors. 


Chick-Fil-A is now officially open for business at its newest location on 7th Street and Broadway in downtown Little Rock. For more information on this location, click here


Siloam Springs will be welcoming a new Whataburger to its city limits, with an expected opening date this winter. The new location will be at 2690 U.S. Highway 412. In addition to the Siloam Springs location, the franchise also broke ground on its Fort Smith location on July 15. Fort Smith’s first ever Whataburger is slated to open this fall. 


A new drive thru coffee shop is making its way to Mayflower according to Owner Danny Hester. The new location will be at 587 Highway 365. For more information, click here


Ice Cream lovers, don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the ninth-annual Yarnell’s Ice Cream Festival on July 30 in Bentonville. The festival starts  at 9 a.m. and will include free ice cream samples as well as Freezefest, an ice cream eating contest. 


AY Magazine will be sponsoring this year’s Main Street Food Truck Festival. Don’t forget to cast your vote daily for your favorite Arkansas-based food truck. Voting is underway and will go through July 31.