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.


Charlie’s Place, a new music venue, restaurant and bar in Little Rock, opened its doors for the first time on Feb. 13. (Perfect timing, considering it was Super Bowl Sunday.) The menu posted online features a lot of bar food favorites — wings, burgers, chips and dip, and so on — but it also has some sit-down surprises like filet mignon, salmon and mahi-mahi. Its listed location is: 8624 I-30, Little Rock. Charlie’s is also hiring for a few positions if you or anyone you know is on the job hunt.


Some bittersweet news this week — Abbi’s Teas & Things is saying goodbye to its brick-and-mortar location in Hillcrest. In a farewell post on Facebook, the popular spot outlined the reasons for the decision, namely, the ongoing pandemic and the success of its online operations. Therein lies the good news: It’s not a hard goodbye for the brand, just the location. Its website will continue to provide online orders, and there are hints that there may be an announcement upcoming on “where [they’ll] be next.”


“This isn’t goodbye,” the post reads. “I’m NOT going out of business, I’m just ‘shifting my sails.'”


The MHS Chocolate Roll Festival is back in Marshall. This will be the annual event’s ninth iteration, which features bakers squaring off for the coveted crown of “World Champion Chocolate Roll Baker.” It’s on March 19 at Marshall High School, beginning at 9 a.m. Attendees may pay $5 to sample and judge the rolls, and there’s also a Make & Take Workshop to teach the ropes of how to do it yourself.


This month’s Wine + Pairings Tasting Class at Table 28 is on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. From the event synopsis: “Join our Sommelier Jeff Yant on the last Thursday of every month as he hosts an informative and interactive wine class paired with bites prepared by Executive Chef Scott Rains.”


The annual Rock City H-D Chili Cook-off is at 11 a.m. this Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Little Rock Harley-Davidson location (Bass Pro exit).


The First Annual Central Arkansas ACS Homebrew Competition at The Rail Yard in Little Rock is fast approaching. Find all the details for the March 6 event here.


Shorty Small’s, a Central Arkansas staple for some four decades, announced officially its plans to relocate from its Rodney Parham location last week. Details are scarce at this time, but the release included language like “currently securing a new location in the Little Rock metro area” and finalizing “the lease on our new location coming soon.” Managing Partner David Rackley also says that they have “begun talks for a new place in Branson, Missouri.”


Last week marked the very important holiday of National Pizza Day. Check out AY‘s 15 favorite pizza places in Central Arkansas here, and let us know how yours compare. There’s no wrong way to celebrate pizza, after all.


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



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