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.

 

Red Lobster has identified four of its Arkansas restaurants that might be closing, but the legendary Flavor Flav might be coming to our rescue! Click here to read our article and see his response to it!

 

The Bagel Shop in Little Rock will be holding a once-in-a-lifetime pop-up event, Tiger Palace, on Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14.

 

Scoops Homemade Ice Cream, a beloved staple in Hot Springs since 2003, has expanded into Little Rock with a new location at 212 Broadway Street.

 

Origami Sake, Arkansas’ first and only sake brewery (located in Hot Springs), has expanded into four other states–Colorado, Florida, Missouri and Nevada.

 

Big Orange is celebrating its 13th anniversary, and fans can sample cuisine from across America this summer during the restaurant’s “Big Orange Road Trip” series. Click here to learn more!

 

Kitchens BBQ & More will be opening at 294 S. Broadview in Greenbrier on Thursday, June 13. It will be open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Bamboo Hibachi Japanese Steak House & Grill has put up signage at the former home of Don Pepe’s off of Prince Street in Conway.

 

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.

 

Great Khan Mongolian Grill has put up signage in Benton at the building next to Daylight Donuts off Military Road.

 

Leis Creek Farm to Fork will officially close its doors within the next few weeks. The Little Rock location is already closed and all inventory has been moved to its Conway and Pleasant Plains locations.

 

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.

 

Cronuts Donuts will be adding another location in Fayetteville – 2050 N. College Ave – next to Bocca.

 

Ziggi’s Coffee has put up signage next to Rush Running on J Street in Bentonville. Construction is currently underway.

 

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.

 

The 2024 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame finalists have been announced, and this year, you can help decide the winner of one of the categories. Click here to see the full list of finalists and find out how you can participate.

 

Wingstock, the annual chicken wing festival presented by the Poultry Federation, will be held Saturday, Aug. 10. Click here for more information.

 

La Torcia Brick Oven Pizza is coming to Jonesboro at the intersection of E. Highland Drive and Rains Street. It is anticipated to open this fall.

 

Starbucks will open another store in Conway, this time in the Lewis Ranch area. Click here for more details.

 

Noche En Jalisco, a curated tequila-tasting experience, will take place at Ledger Bentonville on Saturday, June 15. Catering will be provided by Tula and Taquería Lucha.

 

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