Herb-n-Elk, which had been operating a pop-up restaurant previously, is officially open at 509 Spring Street in Fayetteville, in the spot formerly occupied by Frickin’ Chicken (which is still operating a food truck in Shulertown). The new restaurant had its grand opening on Saturday and is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. The concept involves working with local farmers to bring healthy, organic food options to Fayetteville, using meats raised without hormones, antibiotics or steroids.
Owner Brittany Cusanek called it “comfort food reinvented — using less typical ingredients for a completely different dining experience.” Entrees include elk meatloaf, burgers and nachos, crawfish mac and cheese and crawfish roll, beet sliders and more.
We got word recently that East Side Cantina in Fayetteville has closed. A posting on the restaurant’s Facebook page and a notice on the door state:
We have decided to close the restaurant and pursue another venture in the space. We loved every minute of serving you, and will miss seeing all our friends and most loyal customers night after night. However, we are excited to bring a concept we’ve wanted to try for a long time to the wonderful community of East Fayetteville. More details soon… Thanks for all your support and we’ll see you again soon!
The restaurant was a concept from the Bowman Group, which opened two restaurants in Rogers this year and is opening its third Deluxe Burger location — in the same shopping center as Whole Foods in Fayetteville — soon.
Rogers brewer Ozark Beer Company is in the running for the Martha Stewart American Made awards. The contest celebrates the handmade and local from around the country in various categories, and while the winners are chosen by the editors, a popular vote is taken for the audience choice winner.
Voting continues through Oct. 19, and the winners will be announced Oct. 25. Winners get a trip to the American Made event, $10,000 cash and a chance to be featured in the American Made Market. You have to create an account to vote.
Tacos 4 Life recently announced it (along with former restaurant Pitza 42 in Conway) has donated the equivalent of one million meals to Feed My Starving Children, which gives the meals to Children’s Cup, who distributes them in Swaziland and Honduras. The company has two locations in Conway and recently opened its third branch in Fayetteville.
Looking for a great event this weekend? Winetopia 2015 is taking place Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pratt Place Barn in Fayetteville. The event includes food and wine tastings, a wine toss, live music and a silent auction. The event is a fundraiser for Restore Humanity, a nonprofit based in Fayetteville that works to better the lives of the less fortunate around the world. Tickets are $75 and include food, drinks and a souvenir wine glass.
Saturday is the day for Oktoberfest on Dickson Street. The event includes three 21 and over beer gardens, four stages with live music, local food trucks, a strongman fire truck pulling contest, keg rolling, stein races and a Mr. Oktoberfest pageant, among other events. For the family there is a Rootbier garden and pumpkin race, and there will also be a brat cookoff. The event takes place from noon to 8 p.m. throughout downtown, with restaurants offering specials as well. Single beer garden entry costs $5, while entry into all three is $13. Pay $20 to also get a commemorative stein ($15 if dressed in traditional costume).