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.


This week, there are tons of events happening across Arkansas in celebration of Independence Day–many of which involve food! Click here to see the list of events that AY About You’s staff writers helped put together.


Central BBQ is bringing WingFest back to Fayetteville on Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food enthusiasts can expect a day full of delicious food, fun activities and great music.


The Cave City Watermelon Festival has returned with its 2024 schedule, starting Thursday, July 25. Click here for all the details!


David’s Burgers will be opening a new location in Searcy. The restaurant is anticipated to open in mid-November.


Baskin Robbins is making a comeback in Jonesboro! The ice cream shop is anticipated to open soon in the newly developed Premier Auto Center on Red Wolf Boulevard.


Chuy’s is opening a new location in Conway. It’s expected to open sometime during the first half of next year.


Buffalo Wild Wings is returning to Russellville with a fresh new look! Construction is set to begin soon at the restaurant’s original location, 2212 E. Parkway Drive.


The Hope Watermelon Festival, taking place from Aug. 8 through Aug. 10, will feature multi-award-winning country artist Rodney Atkins as this year’s headliner. Click here for all the details!


DeLuca’s Pizza will join Dave Portnoy’s One Bite Pizza Festival in New York City later this year! Click here for more details.


The Croissanterie has officially announced that its second location will be within the first phase of the Little Rock Technology Park at 417 Main St. Click here for everything we know!


Wingstock, the annual chicken wing festival presented by the Poultry Federation, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock. Click here for more information.


The Downtown Food Truck Festival, formerly known as the Main Street Food Truck Festival, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, at a new location. Click here for more information.


Art of Wine, a summer camp-themed event offering grown-ups a nostalgic experience with wine and food sampling, is scheduled for Friday, July 12. Click here for more details.


317 Coffee has put up signage at the former location of P.F. Chang’s off of Shackleford and I-430 in Little Rock. Further details have not yet been released.


Ozark Mountain Bagel Co. will be opening a new location in downtown Rogers. The authentic New York-style bagel shop currently has four locations open in Northwest Arkansas.


Junto, a modern Japanese Restaurant, and Bar Kapu, a laidback bar serving tropical-inspired drinks, are two new restaurants expected to open in downtown Bentonville this summer. Click here for more details.


Smalls Sliders has signed a new multi-unit agreement with existing franchisee Chris McJunkins for four locations across Arkansas. Click here for all the details.


Flaming Hot Pot & Korean BBQ will be opening a new location at 310 Shackleford Rd in Little Rock. Click here for all the details.


Shorty Small’s, a longtime favorite restaurant to many central Arkansans, will be opening a new location in Beebe. Click here for more details.


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