Jess’s goal for the September opening

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We now have an opening target in September for Jess’s Chicken, 10907 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, in what for three decades had been Black Angus (forced to decamp in March 2020, then return to his old home, West Markham and Van Buren streets). The menu will of course include chicken, including fried chicken, nuggets, chicken salad, and chicken sandwiches, as well as hand-cut fries – not surprisingly since, as we do. previously reported, Jess’s is from the Bubbus family, the same people who cut French fries at David’s burgers. The exterior is basically complete; inside, not so much. Other ‘nuggets’ we discovered: A company spokesperson said there would be a three-way drive-thru (as was the case with Black Angus, they expect drive-thru customers will provide a significant part of their business) and that, like David’s Burgers, it will operate Monday through Saturday and close on Sunday.

The root, 1500 Main St., Little Rock, which has been in operation for over a year, reopens fully at 8 a.m. Friday. The place has been closed since Sunday “to get the restaurant back in shape,” according to a Facebook post. Hours will return from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The telephone number is (501) 414-0423; the site is therootcafe.com.

Meanwhile, an eagle-eyed reader reports spotting work in progress at the Cannon Grill, 2811 Kavanaugh Boulevard in Little Rock’s Hillcrest; which has been “temporarily closed” since April 2020. Doubts about the temporary nature of this closure can be partially alleviated by noting that the telephone number, (501) 664-2068, is still in service and has not been disconnected, and you can still access their website, canongrill.net.

A mockup of the Mulekick sign outside the former Griffin Restaurant in the Murphy Arts District of El Dorado accompanies the announcement that Magnolia Restaurant is considering a “branch” of El Dorado. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

Magnolia Restaurant MuleKick takes over the old Griffin restaurant, 101 E. Locust St. in a 1920s automobile building in the Murphy Arts District of El Dorado. It will be called MuleKick @ MAD, with a target opening set for mid-September. It will follow the Magnolia menu’s focus on “a selection of top-tier locally sourced pizzas, wings and craft beers,” according to a press release. MuleKick’s Christy Ouei explains that her kitchen makes her own pizza dough, mixes it by hand, and bakes her pies with special recipes, and that the El Dorado menu could possibly include seasonal dishes and unique appetizers. , and offer a Sunday brunch. The new restaurant will also feature live music several times a week, along with “quiz and more” nights, according to the press release. Renovation plans will transform the more formal Griffin restaurant into a “relaxed and trendy space,” including outdoor fireplaces along Locust Street. The plan also involves expanding the interior to allow for more seating and private dining options. Griffin closed in March 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic. Ouei says they will be hiring servers, dealers, staff for organized events, kitchen staff and bartenders through a July 16-17 career fair in the Murphy Arts District. Visit mulekikatmad.com.

Jones’s Bar-B-Que Dinner Marianna, which reopened on May 20 after a fire in February destroyed the wooden barbecue pit structure and damaged the vintage restaurant building from 1964, will hold a grand reopening on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The event will feature, among other things, the new metal building around the barbecue pit, funded by online fundraisers that raised over $ 87,000 to help with restoration and construction, and a grant from emergency $ 25,000 from Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice. The James Beard Foundation, which awarded the restaurant an America’s Classics award in 2012, calls it “one of the oldest African-American-owned restaurants in America”; it has been in the Jones family since 1910 and current pit owner-legend James “Harold” Jones, 76, says he was 14 when he started working there. Jones is hosting the event to thank the community for their support and encouragement, according to a press release from The Venture Group; speakers will include Jones; Steve Higginbothom, a former senator from Marianna; Rex Nelson, editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette; and Wayne Miller, executive director of Venture Center in Little Rock. It will be open to the public, and yes, a barbecue will be served.

Stone throw brewing celebrates its eighth birthday on July 31 with “Block on Rock 2021”, with craft vendors, food trucks, music from the Big Dam Horns and “lots of beer” at The MacPark Stone Throw, 402 E. Ninth St., Little Rock. The event benefits Preserve Arkansas. Admission is $ 3 in advance (available at Stone’s Throw two taprooms, the other being at 3015 W. Markham St. in Little Rock’s Stifft Station), $ 5 at the door; VIP early bird passes cost $ 70. Visit tinyurl.com/8e54p8n4.

An outlet for Jersey Mike’s Subs was scheduled to open Wednesday at 7022 W. Sunset Ave., Springdale, with a grand opening and fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Arkansas through Sunday. Customers with a special coupon can make a minimum contribution of $ 2 to the association in exchange for a regular membership. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The phone number is (479) 334-6005. Franchisee Nick Morgan also has branches in Bentonville and Rogers. And for those in central Arkansas who see the Jersey Mike ads on television but find it still a long way to Conway or Benton outlets for a sandwich, a spokesperson for the channel. tells us, “Jersey Mike’s is actively researching locations in Little Rock and hopes to open one in the next year or so. Visit jerseymikes.com.

And we suspected that the list of non-chain central Arkansas Italian restaurants we ran last week would be missing at least one entree, and our dedicated readers would let us know, and we were right on both counts. The Missed List Italian restaurant in Verona, 16925 Interstate 30, Benton. And several readers have taken the necessary steps to let us know.

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