Reopening is unlikely for Hubcap; An Irish tavern plans to serve breakfast

Hubcap Burger Co., 7410 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, has been closed since a van slammed into the side wall on March 23, and “we probably won’t reopen,” says owner Erin Griffin, as “the insurance claim for the damage to the building was refused.” Admittedly, the restaurant, which was once Casey’s Bar-BQ and Arkansas Burger Co., has taken more than its fair share of success, literally and figuratively, of which it wasn’t even the most recent – according to a May 12 post. on the Facebook page (facebook.com/hubcapburger): “I swear we can’t take a break, someone broke the glass in the fucking front door!” And in July 2021, “A truck hit the fan and we can’t cook.” (501) 353-0130.

Hibernia Irish Tavern, at the Galleria Shopping Center, 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, starting Monday, breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, with a small menu including Irish Egg Benedict, quiche special of the day and a “Hibernia breakfast”. Full bar will be available and there will be drink specials. Otherwise opening hours 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. from Tuesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. (501) 246-4340; hiberniairishtavern.com.

The marshalling yard, 1212 E. Sixth St., in the East Village of Little Rock, hosts the Rail Fest Food Truck Festival, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Among the expected food trucks: Fry Fry Crazy; Tacos Godoy; prickly pickle; La Casa De Mi Abuelita Mawmaw’s House; Millie’s Shrimp, Fish & Chicken; Tamalcalli; and Italian desadattato ice cream. There is a $5 entry fee. Visit the Facebook events page: facebook.com/events/968832857149425.

Opening target for Little Rock’s debut big bad breakfast101 S. Bowman Road, now merges June 21.

banana leafSimmons Tower Indian Restaurant, 425 W. Capitol Ave. in Broadway, Little Rock, will be closed until June 24 and reopen June 28 while its management and staff are on vacation.

Saddiq Mir, former vice president of hospitality at Oaklawn Racing Casino and Resort, and his wife, Jeannie, are the new owners of J&S Italian Villa in Hot Springs. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette)
Saddiq Mir, former vice president of hospitality at Oaklawn Racing Casino and Resort in Hot Springs, and his wife, Jeannie, are the new owners of Italian Villa J&S, 4332 Central Ave, Hot Springs. Mir has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, managing hotels and resorts in San Francisco, New Orleans, Houston, Las Vegas, Denver and Dallas. At Oaklawn, he oversaw recent hotel, spa and restaurant expansion. Mir promises renovations inside and out; the menu will continue to focus on Italian cuisine, but will add new dishes and regional specialties; the goal, according to a press release, is “a fun, trendy, and unforgettable experience.” The Mirs hope to reopen as early as mid-June and are hiring for all positions, including what the statement describes as “a talented and promising chef and sous chef to lead the kitchen, or as Saddiq calls it, ‘The Heart of the House.’” Apply by emailing [email protected] or calling (501) 525-1121 or (713) 818-5711 Follow the website, jandsitalian.comand on Facebook and Instagram.

Speaking of Hot Springs, the Hot Springs Post Online reports that A Narrow Escape owners Shane Light and Kirsten Kendall have opened robotic world, a coffee and waffle shop run by robots who the owners believe are trying to make enough money to take over the world. “Guests will have the opportunity to interact with the robots who have their own personalities and listen to their ongoing conversations with each other about their plans to dominate humanity,” the Post explains, quoting Light as follows: “The post of goal is the weirdest coffee shop in the land. For example, a robot named Keith operates a “death ray” suspended from the ceiling, while Rob, the delivery robot, brings your food order; Greg, a bot “nice old man,” greets customers at the door; Ben, a 9-foot-tall robot who, for a $5 bill, becomes a target for laser guns; and Don, a mildly inspired robot mob boss from “The Godfather,” who oversees the operation. The cafe serves human customers locally roasted coffee, buttermilk waffle sticks, and candy-infused soft serve ice cream. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday We don’t have a phone number yet — and it is possible. ble that robots don’t answer the phone — but we have a website: roboworldcorp.comand a Facebook page: facebook.com/RoboWorldStore.

And the opening of a long-awaited Arby’s is on hold at 104 E. Railroad Ave. Morrilton. Hiring is in progress.

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