RESTAURANT TRANSITIONS: Damgoode now closed altogether

Wednesday was the last day of business for Damgoode Pies' second, and last remaining, restaurant on Cantrell Road in Little Rock's Pulaski Heights.

(Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison)
Wednesday was the last day of business for Damgoode Pies' second, and last remaining, restaurant on Cantrell Road in Little Rock's Pulaski Heights. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison)

Less than three weeks after confirmation that the Damgoode Pies in Hillcrest had closed, founder and owner Jeff Trine announced Monday via the restaurant's Facebook page ( on Monday that his remaining capital city pizzeria, 6706 Cantrell Road, in Little Rock's Pulaski Heights, was closing after business on Wednesday.

"We have taken on an enormous debt to survive post-covid restaurant life, and I am not willing to take on any more," Trine explained in a video posted Monday morning. "More importantly, I am now a father of a nearly 2-year-old girl, and I refuse to miss any more of her childhood in the name of saving the company. It's just not worth it." He thanks staff and customers who "for nearly 23 years ..."have been doing their Damgoodest to weather the storm of the last few years."

Trine says the Damgoode Pies at 37 E. Center St., Fayetteville, which has operated separately under a franchise, will remain in business.

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North Bar, 3812 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, is still closed after an Oct. 2 fire caused signifcant damage to the interior. But in the interim, management plans to open a mobile kitchen, "coming to a parking lot near you very soon," according to a post on the restaurant's Instagram account. "We'll literally be rolling like this until we rebuild. @501northbar."

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The Blackberry Bleu Burger from Benton food truck Crissy's Pub Style won the title of world's best-tasting burger at this year's World Food Championships -- Nov. 8-12 in Dallas -- and took second place overall, catapulting chef Aaron Bradshaw and his wife, business partner and food truck namesake, Crissy, into international prominence and the title of reserve World Burger Grand Champions. Their burger received perfect scores on the first day of competition and led 22 competitors from South Korea, Germany, Mexico, France and areas around the United States.

"On day one, they ... said there were two perfect scores, of course, my name hadn't been called yet and at that point, I thought I was out," Bradshaw tells the Benton Courier. "I thought there was something I had missed. Then they announced second place and it wasn't me. Finally they said, 'Our Sam's Clubs Sponsors will be happy because this team is from Benton, Arkansas.'"

Burgers were judged on execution, appearance and taste. Ultimately, the Benton couple finished second overall behind Team Burger France, losing out on the grounds of appearance. "The only category we fell behind on was appearance, I'm not sure what we could have done to do better; we put forth every bit of effort we had," Bradshaw says.

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We have made one addition to our list of the places we know will be open Thanksgiving Day. (A reminder that this is not an endorsement of any particular establishment and that any absences from this list is purely a matter of not receiving information and does not constitute a slur on any particular establishment.)

◼️ Arthur's Prime Steakhouse, 16100 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thanksgiving buffet. $90, $35 for children 11 and younger. (501) 821-1838;

◼️ The Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock, is offering a Thanksgiving buffet in its second-floor Brooks and Baxter Parlor rooms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., last reservation 1:45 p.m., $79, $38 children 12 and younger, plus tax, with an automatic 20% gratuity per check. (501) 374-7474 (and ask for Lydia Austin at Extension 7016);

◼️ Black Bear Diner, Lakewood Village, 2724 Lakewood Village Drive, North Little Rock. Open regular hours, 5 a.m.-7 p.m.; starting at 11 a.m., prix fixe three-course meals (choice of prime rib, roasted turkey or ham) while supplies last. (501) 812-0393;

◼️ Bobby's Cafe, 18505 MacArthur Drive, North Little Rock, will be open 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., first-come, first-served, offering a fixed-price ($15.25) Thanksgiving dinner, including dessert and drink. (501) 851-7888.

◼️ Sullivan's Steakhouse, 17707 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, will serve a three-course "traditional Thanksgiving dinner," 11 a.m.-8 p.m., $49 ($24 kids) plus taxes and gratuity (you can also order off the existing dinner menu). (501) 817-3971;

◼️ Red Lobster restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. There are four in Central Arkansas: 8407 W. Markham St.. Little Rock, (501) 224-0940; 3707 McCain Blvd., North Little Rock, (501) 753-4000; 3000 Pines Mall Drive, Pine Bluff, (870) 535-5036; and 4500 Central Ave., Hot Springs, (501) 525-7613.

◼️ Denny's, IHOP and Waffle House locations are, mostly, open. Hours may shift or shorten. Check in advance to make sure.

◼️ As it has for the past five years, "to show our appreciation and support for the Conway community and to thank everyone who has shown us support," Verona Italian Restaurant, 190 Skyline Drive, Conway, is serving a free Thanksgiving lunch (pasta and salad) "for anyone in our community that can't be with family or can't afford to prepare it at home." 1-3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. (501) 358-6801;;

◼️ And nonprofit Seis Puentes is teaming up with Kangaroo Cleaning Services to give away individual Thanksgiving meals.

Has a restaurant opened -- or closed -- near you in the last week or so? Does your favorite eatery have a new menu? Is there a new chef in charge? Drop us a line. Send email to: [email protected]

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