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 editor, Dustin Jayroe, at djayroe@aymag.com.


If you frequent downtown Little Rock, you’ve likely seen the “coming soon” Mar y Tierra location across from the Capitol for quite a while. The business’ Facebook page was created in January 2021, and it at one point promoted a June 2021 grand opening date. Delays pushed it back, and back again, but the day has finally come. Mar y Tierra is officially open as of May 3.


Hideaway Pizza has a new specialty pie on its menu for a limited time this summer. The Heirloom features olive oil & garlic glaze, hand-grated mozzarella, diced red onions, roasted garlic, ripe heirloom tomatoes and parmesan herb shake, that’s then topped with fresh basil and balsamic glaze drizzle. The brand describes it as a “variety of summer flavors” in every slice.


We reported a few months ago that Kemuri was adding another location in Little Rock, taking over the spot formerly occupied by Kiyen’s at 17200 Chenal Parkway. Kemuri formally announced this expansion on social media this week, sharing that they expect it to be open by early summer.


Mercado El Valle, a new Mexican food store in Sherwood, is now open.


Fidel & Co. is adding a second coffee shop in downtown Little Rock. Its original location is in the East Village district, and the forthcoming spot will be in partnership with Stōko, a soon-to-come coworking space listed at 610 President Clinton Avenue.


“Being nestled inside a coworking space is a unique opportunity to connect with our customers on a deeper level and to build long-lasting relationships,” the business says on Facebook.


The Little Rock Zoo and its young professionals’ group Generation Zoo are putting together a “Cinco de Rhino” event for May 5. Read all about that here.


Cinco De Mayo in the Pocket Park is happening this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Little Rock’s Main Street Pocket Park, with food from Lili’s Mexican Street Food Truck.


A block party is in the works in Little Rock’s Riverdale area. Cinco de Thunderdome is taking place on Saturday, May 7 from 3-10 p.m., with event organizers shutting down the street on Old Cantrell Road for the festivities. Expect plenty of local food, beer, margaritas and live music.


The second annual Pulaski County Fair is this month at the North Little Rock Riverfront Park from May 25-29.


Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.



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