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.

 

Maximo Cocina Mexicana recently opened its location at 11100 W Markham Street in Little Rock. The restaurant serves delicious, authentic dishes made with fresh ingredients.

 

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!

 

GiGi’s Lounge, located at 1304 S. Main St. in Little Rock, will hold its grand opening on Friday, June 28. The night has a lineup of entertainers, and the entry fee will be $20.

 

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.

 

Waffle House has opened its newest Conway location at 750 Hogan Lane. For now, the restaurant is only open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

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.

 

Hostess is offering Arkansans with the name “Joy” in their name a chance to win a surprised Joy Drops package! Click here for more details.

 

The Berry Farm in Bentonville will be holding its 5th annual Berry Fest on Saturday, June 22, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds go toward Help One Now’s efforts in Zimbabwe and Belize.

 

Kream Kastle Drive Inn on U.S. 70 in Benton is set to reopen soon. Click here for more details.

 

42 Bar and Table, located inside the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, has temporarily suspended dinner services to accommodate bookings for special events. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and brunch is available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

BrunchFest 2024, benefitting Centers For Youth and Families, will begin at 11 a.m. on June 22 at The Hall in Little Rock. Click here for more details.

 

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!

 

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 on Saturday, Aug. 10. Click here for more information.

 

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

 

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