Africa menu items in a new spot; Lea Lea is now open on South University

Tasty African restaurant opened at the Westchase Mall, 301 N. Shackleford Road, Little Rock, adjacent to Aji Ramen Bar (with neighbors that include star of india and Bobby’s country kitchen). The menu appears to be predominantly West African and includes a number of traditional African soups; various dishes of Jollof rice, beans, plantains, tilapia, “sniper” fish (sniper fish exists, but it is suspected that it is probably “snapper”), goat and jerk chicken ; there is also a list of vegetarian options. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday; the phone number is (501) 291-0531, according to the front door and Facebook page (facebook.com/tastyafricanrestaurant); (501) 838-7875 and (501) 952-8464 on menu and website (tastyafricandishes.org).

Lea Lea’s Gourmet Dogs opened in its new home at 3408 S. University Ave., Little Rock, after moving from 215 Center St. Owner Cherreyl Alexander says hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. at 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday; that the menu is very similar to the one it offered downtown; and that her liquor license was granted to her so she could serve beer, wine, and the establishment’s machine-mixed daiquiris. The new phone number is (501) 246-3008.

All in one bowlat the back of 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., in Little Rock’s Hillcrest, is now fully open, offering mostly, as the name suggests, various dishes in a bowl – we have mentioned photos on the Facebook page (facebook.com /allinabowl) a bowl of avocado chicken and a “simple bowl in a bowl!!! Avocado, chicken, almonds, pecans, cucumber, tomatoes, spinach. A recent special: a bowl of salad hearts of palm, cucumber and tomatoes on a mix of leafy greens.The slate menu recently also listed some interesting salads, including honey crab and fish ceviche, as well as a range of sandwiches , including turkey and cheese, fresh mozzarella, salami, and “mini Nutella pancakes,” as well as bagels and croissants. It also now serves wine and beer. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. phone number is (501) 500-3031.

Fidel Samour, namesake of Fidel & Co Coffee Roasters, 500 Shall Ave., in the East Village of Little Rock, said, “We are still awaiting the completion of a few key construction elements. The goal is a late October/early November soft opening” for its second location, in partnership with Stoko, a standby coworking space at 610 President Clinton Ave., in the River Market District. The building that once housed the Conway-based Zeteo cafe. Fidel & Co manager Eleanor Miller told us a while ago that the setup would be basically the same as the original location with perhaps a slightly smaller menu. Times are yet to be determined. At the original Fidel & Co location: (501) 712-6891, fidel.coffee, facebook.com/fidelandco.

Meanwhile, Samour reports that construction is around 90% complete on his other East Village project, British pound market, a food hall-style restaurant located in the former Cathead’s Diner space in the Paint Factory building, 515 Shall Ave., across from the cafe. The remaining 10% will probably take until “late fall/early winter”. Arkansas Business reported that the facility will have: a butcher shop, greens/sandwich station, artisan pizzeria and bakery, as well as a full bar (Samour asked the state liquor control division maximum mixed drink at restaurant, off-premises retail beer and native beer permits) and a food-to-go area.

Saturday was the last working day for Kris & Sam’s The Box Lunch and Cookie Shop, 1208 S. Bowman Road, Little Rock. Owner Vicki Mooney Adams posted on the Facebook page (facebook.com/krisandsams) on September 8 that the departure of two key staff members means there is no chance the store will reopen in another location: We have known that day is coming since last November. … Gael [Ruddock] had already decided to return home to Louisiana and Kayla [Keaton] is ready to embark on her career. As many already know, I had the store for 16 years. Gail has been with me for 15 of those years and Kayla for 8. I am happy that they are moving on to the next chapter of their lives. And I will also look for something else to do. Moving to another place and taking on the costs of the move and the potential debts that I could probably face is very scary for me at this age and stage of life. Not to mention hiring new people. Many more negatives in the move.

Little Rock firefighters battled a fire in May at Senor Tequila on North Rodney Parham Road. The restaurant has yet to reopen and its eventual status is unclear. (Democrat-Gazette File Photo/Colin Murphey)
We tried to get an update on the status of the Señor Tequila Colony West Mall restaurant, 10330 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, which closed following a fire on May 10 that caused smoke damage to the building. Calls to the restaurant’s phone number, (501) 224-5505, for months rang but produced no response; a check returned a “no longer a job number” response.

And speaking of Mexican restaurants, Hot Springs’ salsa last week opened its second location in Conway — 912 Front St., to be exact. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 205-1926. The Hot Springs location is at 4324 Central Ave.

Friday marks the start of Little Rock Black Restaurant Week, through October 2, with more than a dozen local restaurants and food truck operations participating. The national organization, Black Restaurant Week LLC, celebrates “the flavors of African American, African and Caribbean cuisine.” The local listing, available at tinyurl.com/2udm2mz9, includes Rock City Kitchen, RCK Revenue Cafe, Rock City Tacos, Certified pies, Sandra Rose Kitchen, Sweet Stuffed LLC, MeMe’s twisted potato and more, Ceci’s Chicken and Waffles, blue pumpkin, Jefferson Mobile Grills, Lindsey’s foster home and The Boil Seafood Truck; the press release, but not the website, also lists S&K fenders, The cafe so full and Yeh Mon Jamaican Restaurant. The promotion comes as, according to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, “500,000 restaurants and bars face an uncertain future due to lost revenue and rising debt over the past 22 months”, and in In particular, “1.1 million minority-owned businesses often face heightened challenges and disparities when obtaining business financing. Visit blackrestaurantweeks.com.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Highland Elks Lodge No. 2539 holds a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, 11am-2pm Sunday at the lodge, 15 Elks Lane, Cherokee Village. For $10 you get spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee and/or tea; profits go to local charities. Call (870) 257-3388.

And the Arkansas-based Flyght Black wine education program will hold its second annual Flyght Black Wine and Culture Festival, 4-8pm October 22 at Park on the River, 11903 Crystal Hill Road, Maumelle. In addition to wines from black-owned Arkansas vineyards, the festival will feature craft spirits, food trucks and musical performances by Crissy P, Haywood King and Dee Dee Jones. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $75 for tasting tickets, $100 for VIP packages (which include a pre-event wine education class, unlimited wine and beer tastings, and guaranteed covered places). Festival-goers must of course be 21 years of age or older. E-mail [email protected] or visit flyghtblackwine2022.eventbrite.com or flyghtlr.com.

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