The Little Rock outlet of the fluffy mushroom the franchise/pizza chain operation, 16103 Chenal Parkway, has closed. A Sept. 30 blast of emails to customers thanked them “for helping us stay moist at Mellow Mushroom Little Rock,” but, “after 9 years of mixing dough and making pies, we’ve hung up our aprons and closed our door one last time.”
The restaurant no longer appears on the channel’s location map (mellowmushroom.com/locations), where this message appears: “Bummer, looks like we’re not within 25 miles of  E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock,” the address of the Democrat-Gazette. (We find another Arkansas outlet, at 1460 E. Augustine Lane, Fayetteville.)
We have learned that there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday for the whataburger that we reported last week will be at 17100 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock. We also learned that it will open in 2023.
Mediterranean and Central Asian dishes, including kebabs, gyros, lahmajoon, kofta, salads and “a rich variety of desserts” will be the focus of the Arkansas Cultural and Dialogue Center. Turkish Food Festival, starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 1501 Market St., Little Rock. The festival also offers cultural and folkloric activities, souvenirs and fun stations for children. Visit facebook.com/events/573926504514581.
Catching up on some recent openings in Benton: the Italian restaurant in the olive garden, 16732 Interstate 30, Benton, serving 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday — (501) 575-3353, olivegarden.com; and Rock ‘n’ roll sushi, 119 N. Market St. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. (501) 794-6049; rocknrollsushi.com.
In the meantime, we are still awaiting an opening date for the Benton outlet in The mighty crab, in the former vacant Dixie Cafe location, 17306 Interstate 30. We were recently reminded that a banner had been sagging in front of the building since at least November. We also recall that there have been delays in opening the two Little Rock locations – 1817 S. University Ave. and 225 N. Shackleford Drive, and the original restaurant in North Little Rock’s Lakewood Village.
by Yeyo, which started as a Bentonville food truck and expanded to two trucks (“the blue truck” and “the yellow truck”); a restaurant – El Alma de Mexico by Yeyo — at Bentonville 8th Street Market; and a taqueria/mezcaleria at Rogers, made The New York Times”https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2022/oct/06/mellow-out-pizza-outlet-closes-doors/”The Restaurant List 2022 (nytimes.com/interactive/2022/dining/best-restaurants-list-america.html), “50 Places in America We’re Most Excited About Right Now,” compiled by The Times Food Critics. This is the Arkansas’ only establishment on Brett Anderson writes, “This flagship restaurant of a family business began when Hector Rios, known as Yeyo, transformed a plot of land in northwest Arkansas The farm supplies the food truck his son Rafael started in 2012, as does this restaurant, which opened in 2017 and focuses on Michoacan cuisine, native to the Rios family. It has evolved to include cuisine from all over Mexico, and the restaurant’s food is as good as its history: mole-draped chicken enmoladas, memelas with bor Crispy ds topped with queso and nopales, homemade tortilla tacos filled with aromatic cochinita pibil, juicy barbacoa and spicy tongue. There is a thriving restaurant scene in this city, best known as the headquarters of Walmart. The Rios family is one reason.” yeyosnwa.com.
Applications are now open for the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Division of Heritage Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Find full details, criteria and a nomination form at arkansasheritage.com/nominate-now.
Reporters (not yet identified), in teams of two or four, compete against the crew of KABZ-FM’s morning show, 103.7, “The Buzz”, to eat the most crab legs in 20 minutes in the Arkansas Media Seafood Challenge Crab and Shrimp Boil, 4-9pm October 20 at Razorback Letterman’s Club, Gate 7, War Memorial Stadium, 1 Stadium Drive, Little Rock. This is an advantage for Jon. L Richardson Legacy Celebration and non-profit Muskie Harris Rehabilitation Services. Richardson was the first black scholarship football player at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, lettering from 1970 to 1972 and “setting the stage for thousands of future Razorbacks,” according to a press release. He died in 2002 and was posthumously inducted into the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 2005, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006, and the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. the South West Athletic Conference in 2019. Tickets are $50, $400 per table; visit tinyurl.com/bdj62yej.
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