Replacement of the drive-thru cafe for Shorty’s; Root Cafe pair sell SoMa Mockingbird


We’ve answered questions about what will replace the recently demolished Shorty Small’s at 11100 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Now we have an answer: Little Rock’s first outlet 7 Infusiona drive-thru cafe establishment whose public relations staff hyperbolizes it as “[a] concept revolutionizing the coffee industry with its speed, quality products, authentic connection and friendliness. The offerings will include coffee drinks, infused energy drinks, Italian sodas, smoothies and teas. There is a target of opening in early fall.

The chain is expanding in the greater Little Rock area “and beyond”, according to a press release, with plans for “double-digit booths”, several of which are due to open before the end of the year, the franchisee says Brandon Sebald of Brew Crew LLC. 7 Infusion has one or more locations in Conway, Russellville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale, Lowell, Bentonville, Garfield and Siloam Springs. The hiring of over 40 “brewing team members” is, or will soon be, underway.;

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root coffee owners Jack Sundell and Corri Bristow-Sundell sold Mockingbird bar and tacos, 1220 S. Main St. in the SoMa neighborhood of Little Rock, to JLC Entertainment Holdings – owned by Johnny Campbell and Harry and Joe Einhorn – which operates a pizzeria in Cabot. Campbell and its partners pledge in a press release to “be great stewards of the community around us, as we are with our current operations. We support many charities and believe as owner/operators this is part of our calling. »

Executive Chef Stephen “Buddy” Seals, whose restaurant experience includes the Capital HotelJohn Daly’s steakhouse, Gray Stone Country Club and Cracker Barrel, will oversee Mockingbird’s menu, with, according to Campbell, a commitment “to providing the freshest ingredients using local vendors.” Campbell says he expects Seals, while maintaining the current concept, to make a few changes: “Chef Buddy is going to put his own spin on it.”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazeette/ERIC E. HARRISON.Mockingbird Bar & Tacos, formerly Dos Rocas, 1220 Main St., Little Rock
The Sundells opened the restaurant, originally called Dos Rocas, with a few partners in 2018, serving farm-to-table tacos and other locally sourced, Latin American-focused comfort food; they became sole proprietors in 2019, when they renamed and “rebranded” the venue.

The sale apparently helps pave the way for the Sundells’ plans to open a second root coffee location in the renovated Breckenridge Village shopping center, North Rodney Parham Road and Interstate 430, “right next to the project Pizzeria Deluca“, he said in the press release.

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Jess’ chicken10907 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, will begin serving customers on Friday – which Ryan Rooney, spokesperson for the progenitors chain David’s burgers said will likely be considered a soft open and likely drive-thru only to begin with. The menu physically resembles David’s Burgers (all prices include fries and a drink; sub mac & cheese for fries for an additional 99 cents): chicken sandwich ($7.29); chicken nuggets, $7.29 for 10, $8.99 for 15, $4.99 for a five-nugget package for kids 12 and under; and a chicken salad sandwich or scoop, $7.49. A snack combo – fries and a small drink – costs $3.29; salads, $4.99 (from the garden), $7.99 with nuggets or chicken salad; and soft serve ice cream in cones, cups and/or shakes.

Google reports that an outlet of olive garden at 16732 Interstate 30, Benton, is scheduled to open Sept. 12.

Also waiting in Benton, an outlet for Rock’n’roll sushi, with, says owner Jana Helton, a target date of Sept. 6 to open at 119 N. Market St. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. (501) 515-8286.

Italian Villa J&S, 4332 Central Ave., Hot Springs, officially reopened on July 14 under its new owners, former Oaklawn vice president of hospitality, Saddiq Mir, and his wife, Jeannie. Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday. (501) 525-1121;;

The grumpy bunny105 Front St. SW, Lonoke, draws attention to its connection to North Little Rock’s Market me and McGee with a “Farm to Fork” event with market co-owner Logan Duvall and his family on Tuesday featuring a $100 prix fixe menu (“subject to change as we try to work with the McGees on produce whose farmers locals need to move,” says Kevin Darker, general manager of Grumpy Rabbit. For example, “They had an abundance of strawberries and we went crazy making homemade dressings, desserts, and even brandy.” There will be two seating, 6:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. (501) 438-8005;

Matt McClure is almost stepping down after 10 years as executive chef – since the doors opened in February 2013 – of The Beehive, at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville. Micah Klasky, the restaurant’s executive chef, will serve as interim executive chef.

And the QQA (formerly the Quapaw Quarter Association) holds its City Garden: beer and ice cream, 5-7 p.m. Aug. 28, outdoors at Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock. It will star George Bros. Historic Arkansas Ale’s Stone Throw Breweryto celebrate the German heritage of Little Rock’s early settlers, and ice cream from Loblolly Creamery, plus lawn activities for kids, lemonade, root beer, and popcorn. The Lili’s Mexican Street Food truck will also sell edibles. Tickets are $25 for attendees over 21, $15 for those under 21, in advance; $35 and $25 at the door. Visit or

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