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 Associate Editor Sarah Coleman at scoleman@aymag.com. 


City officials for Benton confirmed that Whataburger will come to Saline County. This will be the popular burger franchise’s seventh location in Arkansas. The Benton location is currently being constructed and planned, and will be located at 7250 Alcoa Rd. Read more about this in this earlier article. 


Social Project Brewing Co. will be opening its second Northwest Arkansas location in Springdale, at 205 E. Johnson Ave. The brewing company currently is operating its first location in Bentonville, but will be expanding throughout NWA by opening its second location. For more information, click here


Fort Smith residents have something sweet to look forward to within the coming months as Nothing Bundt Cakes has applied for building permits at the Fort Smith Pavilion Shopping Center, located at 4201 Phoenix Ave, according to the city. 



Nothing Bundt Cakes



In other Nothing Bundt Cakes news, the shop’s Little Rock location at 12312 Chenal Pkwy will give away free Confetti Bundtlets (individually packaged miniature bundt cakes) on Thursday, Sept. 1, to the first 250 guests to celebrate the Dallas-based chain’s 25th birthday.


Salsa’s, a Mexican restaurant, has announced that it will be opening its second restaurant in Conway. Currently, there is a Hot Springs location. An opening date has not yet been released but Pedro Magana, owner of Salsa’s, announced that the Conway location will be opening “very soon,” via a Facebook post



Tin Roof is officially open on Dickson Street. The eatery also doubles as a live music venue with several stages and lots of seating space. The franchise based out of Nashville, Tenn., is known for hosting live music daily, as well as for having exceptional bar food. For more information, read this earlier article



Tin Roof Wings Platter.


Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux will open its Fayetteville location on Tuesday, Sept. 6. This will be the Louisiana-based restaurant and bar’s second Northwest Arkansas location, but first in Fayetteville. The restaurant is located at 1199 N. Shiloh Dr. For more information about Walk-On’s in Arkansas, read this earlier article


Also on N. Shiloh Drive, a new Mexican food restaurant has recently opened. Queens Mexican Cuisine is located at 3931 N. Shiloh Dr., at the location of the former Jimmy’s Egg.


Summer Moon Coffee will open on Sept. 3 in the Evelyn Hills Shopping Center, located in Fayetteville. The Austin, Tx.-based coffee shop will be the first located in Arkansas, but has several locations throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wisconsin. The grand-opening will start at 7 a.m. with the first 50 guests rewarded with a Summer Moon Coffee swag bag.  


Cheba Hut outlets nationwide, including the one at 10825 Kanis Rd., in Little Rock, are marking “back to school” and celebrating teachers and students with an event on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. The event  includes live music, a beer pong tournament and free “nug” sandwiches (four-inch subs) for those with a valid ID. 


Burgers will go for $9 at area establishments during Rock City Burger Week, Sept. 26-Oct. 2. Some are creating unique burgers just for the week; others are featuring their usual fare. Arkansas Food Bank will receive $1 from the Arkansas Beef Council for each of the first 1,000 burgers sold at participating restaurants. The list of participating Little Rock restaurants so far includes, The Root Cafe, Big Whiskey’s, Hill Station, The Box, Rosie’s Pot & Kettle, Town Pump, Loca Luna, Red Door, Dugan’s Pub, South on Main, Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro and Alley Oops. In North Little Rock Diamond Bear Brewery and Skinny J’s will be participating and in Sherwood, Bennett’s by Keith & Co.


A  second location for Otaku Takeout is coming to the Outlets of Little Rock, with a target to open early this fall. The original, inside Park West Pharmacy at 904 Autumn Rd in Little Rock, is “a pop culture boutique featuring a curated collection of primarily Japanese imported collectibles, snacks and apparel.”


The conversion of Down Home Restaurant & Catering, off Stagecoach Road, to McClard’s & Down Home Catering is reportedly complete.


Chick-fil-A at 12500 W. Markham St., near the intersection with Chenal Parkway, is closing this week for two-and-a-half months to remodel, which reportedly includes a renovated dining room.


Ozark Beer Company has released its dates for Oktoberfest in Rogers. This year’s Oktoberfest lineup includes food trucks, beer, live music and games and will take place all day long on Saturday, Sept. 24. 


Count Porkula has announced that BBQ pickup will be offered now until Sept. 1 in order to celebrate the Labor Day Holiday. Pickup dates will be Sunday, Sept. 5 and Labor Day at the Maumelle Boulevard location from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, click here.



Count Porkula Bbq Sand Truck


Readers have a chance to enter a giveaway for The Pantry West. This week, Heather Baker and DJ Williams will try out the restaurant on AY’s Dog-Friendly Bucket List Segment on KARK. Click here for more information on how to enter the giveaway, and be sure to watch AY About You President and Publisher, Heather Baker, every Wednesday at 6:40 a.m. for the Bucket List segment.