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.


Due to the destruction that parts of Northwest Arkansas suffered from severe weather over Memorial Day weekend, NWA Daily has put together an ongoing list of disaster relief resources, including places where residents can get a free meal. To view the list, click here.


Hillbilly Slim’s moved into its new building over the weekend, which is located at 16130 AR-16 in Witt Springs.


Xuma Kitchens, located at 25 East Center St in Fayetteville, permanently closed its doors over Memorial Day weekend.


J and J Diner (Joyce’s), located at 1123 E Washington Ave in North Little Rock, has permanently closed its doors after 32 years of service. The announcement was posted on social media by the family of the diner’s owner, Mrs. Joyce Marie Maxon Givens, who died in December 2023.


The Saturday Market Series, hosted by the Goshen Farmer’s Market and Orthodox Brewing, kicks off this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 15660 Ball Road in Elkins. Market-goers can expect local shopping, locally sourced breakfast food, live music, mimosas, beermosas and coffee!


The Buttered Biscuit officially opened its first Little Rock location – 17815 Chenal Pkwy, Suite F101 – on Wednesday, May 29. Click here for more details.


Potbelly Sandwich Shop will hold the grand opening of its newest location in Jonesboro on Thursday, May 30. Click here for more information.


Waldo’s Chicken & Beer has revealed the opening date of its new location in Little Rock’s Breckenridge Village. Click here to read about what you can expect!


KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot, located at 4317 Warden Road in North Little Rock, is officially open! Click here for all the details.


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 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.


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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