It’s time for another round of Fayetteville restaurant news.
A new cajun restaurant recently opened, a new food truck is on its way, and a handful of other restaurants are planning to soon open around town.
Here’s what we know:
A new cajun restaurant opened at Nelson’s Crossing in the space formerly home to Spring Rolls and Cherry Berry Frozen Yogurt.
Juicy Tails has a unique concept, focusing on several steamed seafood dishes (crawfish, crab legs, shrimp) served up in plastic bags. You can also add different spices and sauces, corn on the cob, and whole potatoes to your bag, similar to what you’d get at the local neighborhood crawfish boil.
The restaurant also serves Po’ Boy sandwiches, fried seafood, and a few other cajun-inspired dishes.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
It’s been over a year since Dickey’s Barbecue Pit announced plans for several locations in Arkansas.
Officials said last January that Fayetteville was on the list, and now we know where.
Signs for a Fayetteville Dickey’s were recently placed in front of a new commercial development at 3316 W. Grove Drive off Wedington Drive next to Planet Fitness.
The location will be owned by Jared Thompson, who also operates other Dickey’s Barbecue Pit restaurants in Northwest Arkansas.
Slim Chickens recently broke ground on their new Wedington Drive restaurant.
The Fayetteville-based chain’s newest local store will sit next to Cross Church in front of the entrance to The Links apartment complex.
The restaurant will be the fourth in Fayetteville for Slim Chickens, who also has locations on College Avenue, Joyce Boulevard, and on the University of Arkansas campus.
The new restaurant should be open sometime this summer.
Well-known local photographer Dale Benfield is getting into the food truck business.
Benfield recently announced his purchase of a former FedEx delivery truck that he modified to include a mobile kitchen. Benfield says he’s spent the last few months working on recipes for the new venture.
The concept is pretty interesting. The truck will focus on gourmet comfort food in a convenient, easy-to-eat ball form. For example, plans include a Thanksgiving ball with turkey, stuffing and cranberry dipping sauce, and a taco-inspired ball with sour cream and fresh shaved cheddar. Also expect to see a pizza ball and a mac-n-cheese ball.
Benfield said while no specific location has been nailed down for the Baller, he hopes to be able to roam around town a bit. Of course, the new food truck ordinance currently being fine-tuned by Fayetteville aldermen could certainly have an impact on whether or not that idea is a possibility.
Farmer’s Table Cafe
Former U.S. Pizza Co. general manager Rob Shaunfield plans to open a new restaurant at 1079 S. School Ave., in the space formerly home to Brick House Kitchen.
The restaurant will focus on farm-to-table breakfast, lunch, and weekend dinners by reservation only.
Mr. O’s Nutrition
Mr. O’s Nutrition has moved from their Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard location into a new home at 3980 W. Wedington Drive.
The place focuses mainly on nutritional supplements, but they also serve smoothies, so we figured they deserved a mention in this latest restaurant roundup.