Waffle shop plans August opening


Co-owner Mary Busby says she is now considering a mid-August goal for Little Rock’s opening Press Waffle Co., 1424 Main St., in a new SoMa project, according to a franchise development spokesperson for the budding Dallas-based mini-chain. (Busby and daughter Rosemary Compton are also part of the mini-chain’s owning family.)

“We’re pretty solid on that,” Busby said. “There are a few other moving parts, and we want everything to be as ready as possible and to be done right rather than doing it quickly and sloppily.”

Among the things delaying opening, she says: the arrival, largely delayed by the covid, of the patio railing and some amenities.

The establishment will serve “fully customizable authentic Belgian waffles” (Liège waffles, in fact, made from brioche-like dough and caramelized clusters of Belgian pearl sugar) and “salted waffle creations”; through local partnerships, locally roasted coffee (from a full espresso bar), ice cream and gourmet milkshakes; and, because they have a beer and wine restaurant license on site, wine and locally produced beer.

Hours are tentative, depending on staff and, subsequently, volume of business, but Busby says they plan to open at 7 a.m. and stay open late, “from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. most weekdays “, closed on Mondays and possibly open later and stay open later on weekends.

During this time, visit presswaffleco.com/locations/soma.

Waffle press started as a food truck in 2016 and has since spread to storefronts in Oklahoma City and Plano, Waco and The Woodlands, Texas (another outlet, we’re told, is growing under the covid constraint in St. Louis).

Meanwhile, the nearby 1424 Main of Press Waffle, Atlanta’s premier Central Arkansas outlet Original Hot Dog Factory, has indefinitely postponed its scheduled smooth opening date, initially set for July 19, said owner-operator Devin Marcel. When it opens, hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday. Visit theoriginalhotdogfactory.com.

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And speaking of delays, a delay in the delivery of their espresso machine delayed the opening by a week – until Monday – from The paranoid android, the new cafe at Little Rock Technology Park at 417 Main Street, formerly Blue Veil. The smooth opening target had been Monday. As we reported, this is the third cafe from Cleopatra Company, Little Rock entrepreneur Creighton Ralls. (The others are 2Twenty1 at Second and Center streets and Cléo’s corner, located inside the Arkansas Department of Commerce, 1 Commerce Way in Little Rock’s Riverdale.) The café’s opening also marks the official reopening of Tech Park to the public. (It was open to tenants during the pandemic, but not public areas.) The store will serve coffee, light breakfast and lunch options, and pastries with possible happy hour (s); hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are still waiting for confirmation of the phone number. Visit theparanoidandroid.co.

In the meantime, we don’t know what is delaying the opening of Restaurant Bar Mar y Tierra Seafood & Grill, 1900 W. Third St., Little Rock, scheduled to open Friday. Director Edgar Torres previously said he was awaiting the completion of the business license and liquor license documents. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (501) 476-3336. The website is restaurant-bar-mar-y-tierra-seafood-grill.business.site. And the Facebook page is facebook.com/MaryTierraLittleRockSeafoodandGrill.

A sign on the door of The Italian grill in Milan, 1800 Club Manor Drive, Maumelle, reinforces a recent post on Facebook (facebook.com/MilanosMaumelleAr): “[W]We will be temporarily closing from June 28 to July 28 to attend a family event. There is slight confusion as to when service will resume – July 28, according to the Facebook page, or, according to the panel, July 29. The telephone number is (501) 734-8027.

Taziki’s is testing the marketing of a lamb burger at its Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas locations. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette)

Mediterranean Taziki Coffee Little Rock, Fayetteville and Bentonville restaurants will be test markets for a new lamb burger (in partnership with the American Lamb Board), starting this week: two ground lamb patties, topped with peppers and onions grilled, feta cheese and tzatziki on a toasted Kaiser bread, with fries and your choice of side. The other test markets: Nashville, Tennessee; Panama City, Florida; and Birmingham, Ala. Customer response will help determine if the lamb burger will join Taziki’s menu nationwide in 2022. Visit tazikis.com.

And in our nostra maxima culpa department, last week we left a day off for The root, 1500 Main St., Little Rock: Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The telephone number is (501) 414-0423; the website is therootcafe.com.

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