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.


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.


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.


Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Jonesboro is officially open! It’s the third Potbelly shop in the state and the ONLY one in its region – northeast Arkansas. Click here for more details.


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


Waldo’s Chicken & Beer officially opened its new location in Little Rock’s Breckenridge Village on Tuesday, June 4. Click here for details about the restaurant!


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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