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 Online Editor Kilee Hall at khall@aymag.com.

 

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

 

GiGi’s Lounge will be opening at 1304 S Main St in Little Rock, formerly the home of The Busker and South on Main. The new restaurant will be under the ownership of Don Marshall and Jacob Udell.

 

Mickey’s Cakes & Sweets has moved its bakery to 4610 JFK Blvd in North Little Rock.

 

1677 Coffee Co., located at 9714 Hwy 107 in Sherwood, will be celebrating its grand opening beginning at 7 a.m. on May 2 through May 4. The official ribbon-cutting will take place at noon on May 3.

 

Cannibal and Craft in Fayetteville has revamped half of its space into a coffee shop and cafe during the day. It’s the first step of transitioning it into an upscale restaurant, which will be under a different name and concept.

 

Lost Forty Brewing has launched its first ever line of Ready-To-Drink Cocktails, canned margaritas, in honor of its 10th anniversary.

 

Camp Taco, located at 822 E. 6th Street in Little Rock, will be hosting Camp MAYhem during the first week of May. It’s a week full of events and specials!

 

Fayetteville Strawberry Festival will be held on Sunday, May 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the downtown Fayetteville square. Click here to read everything we know about the first-time event so far!

 

Crumbl Cookies is opening a new location at 2621 E. Mission Blvd in Fayetteville, next to Eureka Pizza.

 

Little Dippers: Astronaut Food will give children ages 6 – 11 the chance to try food that real astronauts survive off of in space! The event is being held Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m. at 2801 Orange Street in North Little Rock.

 

Isabella’s Italian, located at 908 E Rollings Hills in Fayetteville, will be opening a second location in Bentonville, according to NWA Daily.

 

Bordeaux Rendez-Vous will take place for the first time in Arkansas at Rusty Tractor Vineyards in Little Rock on Tuesday, May 14. Click here for more information.

 

Tavern Round the Bend in Maumelle will hold its annual crawfish boil on Saturday, May 11, at 4 p.m.

 

World Food Tour featuring cuisines from Germany, Italy, Africa and beyond, will be held at Brick Room Events in Conway at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

 

Chicken Salad Chick will be holding the grand opening of its newest location, 13101 Crystal Hill Rd in North Little Rock, on May 8th.

 

Chefs in the Garden is the Botanical Garden of the Ozark’s signature spring fundraiser and Fayetteville’s favorite foodie event! The competition between Northwest Arkansas’ best restaurants kicks off at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.

 

Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville will host the Mini Makers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

 

The Little Rock Farmers Market launches its 50th season in Capitol City on May 4 at the River Market Pavilions. Click here for all the details.

 

Calle Latin Cuisine, a new restaurant serving traditional Latin American dishes, recently opened at 33 N Block Street in Fayetteville.

 

La Torcia Brick Oven Pizza is making its way to Jonesboro at the intersection of E. Highland Drive and Rains Street. Its anticipated opening is this fall.

 

Jersey Mike’s Subs is officially making its way to Jonesboro, according to Haag Brown Commercial. It’s expected to open this June in the newly developed Wolf Creek Shopping Center. Click here for more details.

 

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

 

Don Pepe’s recently opened its new Conway location at 2525 Prince Street.

 

The Buttered Biscuit is now hiring for its upcoming location at The Promenade at Chenal in Little Rock. Click here for more information.

 

Cold Stone Creamery is opening a new location at The Highlands Shopping Center in Jonesboro. Click here for all the details.

 

Cheba Hut, a sandwich chain named after marijuana strains, is opening a new location soon at 1947 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville. It’s expected to open mid-May.

 

The Melting Pot, a fondue franchise that provides a one-of-a-kind experiential dining atmosphere, will open its first Arkansas location in Bentonville. Click here for more details.

 

CareLink’s Cupcakes for Goodness Sake, which will be held at 510 N. Main Street in North Little Rock, is looking for volunteers to help out with the event being held on May 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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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