Holy cow, we haven’t gathered restaurant news since January. So much has happened since then.
Here’s what we know about several places that have opened, closed, reopened or will open soon in Fayetteville.
tacos from heaven
A new taco joint is coming to the west side of town.
According to signs placed on the building recently, Heaven’s Tacos will be moving into the building that once housed Green Submarine west of Fayetteville.
We haven’t found a ton of info on this one yet, but we’d bet a bunch of mid-sized dollars that they’ll be serving tacos and other Mexican fare.
The company is located at 2237 W. Wedington Drive.
Tropical Smoothie Coffee
Tropical Smoothie Cafe will soon have two locations again in Fayetteville.
The restaurant chain offering smoothies, sandwiches, salads, wraps and other dishes is set to open at 1241 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The chain operates a location at 3878 N. Crossover Road and previously ran a drive-thru store in front of the World Gym location on College Avenue before that business closed a few years ago.
If all goes well, we are told that the restaurant could open this weekend.
A popular breakfast spot with locations in Bentonville and Springdale will soon open a Fayetteville restaurant.
Buttered Biscuit debuted on Moberly Lane in Bentonville and opened a second location in Bentonville as well as a location in Springdale in 2019.
The menu focuses on traditional breakfast items like pancakes, egg dishes, sandwiches, and signature dishes like chicken waffles, acai bowls, and other items.
Owner Anna Russell said it’s been a long-time goal for them to open a location in Fayetteville.
“We wanted our second restaurant to be in Fayetteville, but that’s not how it turned out,” she said. “We are so excited to finally open in Fayetteville.”
Russell said the building will require a complete renovation.
“We’re going to take it down to the posts and we’ll move some walls around,” she said.
If all goes well, Russell said she hopes to be up and running with the new location by this fall.
TJ Sandwich Shop
A local sandwich shop moves into the old KFC building at the corner of Rolling Hills Drive and College Avenue.
According to owner Nikki Golden, TJ’s Sandwich Shop will make the short move across the street from its current location to the new building.
The space, located at 2992 N. College Ave., will provide greater visibility for the company, and another feature that Golden is thrilled about.
“We are very happy with the move. We’re going for a drive!” she said.
TJ’s was first opened in 2014 by Nikki and her husband Todd Golden, the longtime local restaurateurs who also operate Mermaid’s Seafood restaurant on College Avenue, and were also behind the beloved Belvedere restaurant on Fiesta Square years ago.
As the name suggests, TJ’s focuses on sandwiches, as well as salads, soups and other entrees.
If all goes well, the new restaurant will be up and running by the first week of June, Nikki told us.
The great whiskey
A Missouri-based restaurant chain has opened its first location in Fayetteville.
Big Whiskey’s officially opened at 1320 N. College Ave. in February, in the Evelyn Hills Mall space that once housed East Buffet.
The menu focuses on steaks, seafood, pastas, sandwiches, salads, and other dishes.
According to the company’s website, the chain operates a location near Bentonville, as well as restaurants in southern Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Alabama. The company also recently opened a site in Siloam Springs.
The Bentonville location was the chain’s first franchise and opened in 2017.
For more information about the restaurant, visit bigwhiskeys.com.
Wake up and cook
Wake and Bake / Staff Photo
A new breakfast, lunch and brunch is open in downtown Fayetteville.
Wake and Bake is located just off Dickson Street at 339 N. West Ave., in the same building as West End.
The restaurant is owned by the folks behind Nomad’s in South Fayetteville, and the menu focuses on breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, and other items.
Wake and Bake shares space with West End, which is open late into the night as a bar and has access to indoor space as well as the large rooftop patio.
They had experimented with pop-up events at Nomad’s late last year and officially opened in January.
According to the company’s Facebook page, hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Elevator Cafe Bar
A new place for coffee, wine and waffles is now open on the north side of town.
Oklahoma-based Lift Coffee Bar is operational in the Uptown Apartments + Shops development north of Fayetteville, in the space that once housed Puritan.
The restaurant, which describes itself as a “sleek, modern style cafe and wine bar”, currently operates a location in Tahlequah, OK.
The Lift Coffee Bar offers a selection of coffees and wines, as well as waffles, sandwiches, smoothies and other dishes.
They are open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apple Blossom Brewing Co
Photo: Brian Sorensen
A brewery and restaurant north of Fayetteville have reopened.
Apple Blossom Brewing Company, located at 1550 E. Zion Road near the Veterans Memorial Park entrance, closed last summer, but new owner Anthony Trammell of the Trammell Restaurant Group officially reopened the business in February.
The restaurant offers an all-new menu, with dishes like a confit pork belly appetizer, braised ribs, as well as new flatbread pizzas, pork chops, steak, burgers and other dishes.
Many of the beers the brewery was known for still feature on the menu, including Fayetteweiss, Armstraong APA, Earl Gray ESB and others.
Apple Blossom is the brainchild of Smoke & Barrel Tavern founders Evan McDonald, Sammie Stephenson, Joe Utsch and Al Schaffer, and brewery partners Ching Mong and Daniel Smith. The partners opened the brasserie and restaurant in January 2013 before announcing the closure of the business last year.
According to the Facebook page, Apple Blossom is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Bartlebee’s Seiten Stand / Ozark Mountain Bagels
A few new trucks opened recently at the Yacht Club on College Avenue.
Bartleby’s Seitan Stand and
Ozark Mountain Bagel Co. recently opened at the mobile food court, located at 617 N. College Ave.
Bartleby’s is a food truck specializing in vegan and vegetarian products, including their seitan nuggets and cutlets, sandwiches, and more. The company also recently began selling nuggets and cutlets at Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville.
Ozark Mountain Bagel Co. has started in Bentonville, and the Yacht Club’s new truck will serve as the first foray into Fayetteville. The restaurant, as the name suggests, serves bagels of all flavors as well as sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.
Update: We were told that Ozark Mountain Bagel would be moving in for April, but that hasn’t happened yet. We have requested more information and will update this space once we receive a response.
Mojo Pints and Pies
Mojo’s Pints & Pies is officially open on the east side of town.
It is located at 2630 E. Citizens Dr. near the Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Like their original location on Garland Avenue, the new Mojo’s focuses on pizza, pasta and other items with a fun indoor environment as well as a large outdoor patio to enjoy in the warmer months.
For a little more information, check them out on Facebook.
Swoon Juice Bar
A new juice bar and restaurant will soon open its doors in the south of the city.
Swoon Juice Bar is set to open at 565 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. next to Austin Vision Care, according to the company’s Facebook page.
The new restaurant will focus on fresh juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches and wraps made to order.
According to their website, the restaurant is owned by Roman and Nicki Villasana.
If all goes well, the new juice bar will open this spring.