Restaurant news: Vetro 1925, Hookah Java, Something Better and more

Two new restaurants opened in Fayetteville recently, two more will open soon, and a couple others have either closed or will be closing soon.

Here’s what we know about those places.

Vetro 1925 Ristorante

Native Italian Angelo Amabile and partner Marsha Harris opened their new restaurant, Vetro 1925 Ristorante recently in the Cravens Building, located at 21 E. Center Street (just off the square).

Amabile told us back in August that Vetro will focus on a simple, fresh take on regional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on Tuscan cooking.

Something Better

When we last checked in with Something Better owner G.W. Chew, he was days away from opening his new vegan restaurant.

The new place has been up and running for just over a week serving sandwiches, wraps, salads, and pizzas using only plant-based ingredients.

Hookah Java

Hookah Java isn’t actually a restaurant, but they’ll be open soon on Dickson Street, so we wanted to give them an honorable mention.

The Hookah bar / coffee shop is relocating to town from Rogers and will be 311 W. Dickson, #104 (in Diagon/Shipley Alley). According to a Facebook post by the owner, they should be up and running in a next week or so.

Wingz on Dickson

Mohammed and Stephani Khaldi, owners of Tangiers Mediterranean Cafe, Pita’s, and Fez Hookah Lounge have a new project in the works.

The couple have been planning a new restaurant called Wingz, and Mohammad said that they’ve been testing out chicken wing flavors and recipes in their kitchen. If everything goes according to plan, they’ll be ready to open at 644 W. Dickson (in the old Geno’s Pizza space) sometime in January.

Trailside Cafe & Tea Room

Trailside Cafe & Tea Room owner Denele Cambpell announced on Facebook that Friday, Dec. 16 would be the restaurant’s last day in business.

“We have greatly appreciated all the wonderful people we have met in the last three years. It’s been an exhilarating experience serving delicious food and introducing quality tea to our patrons. Thank you for your input and generous patronage,” she wrote.

Campbell said that she hopes to sell the business to someone who will re-open it in the future.

Smokin’ Hog BBQ

We noticed a “for sale or lease” sign in front of Smokin’ Hog B-B-Q at 1705 N. College Avenue recently.

The restaurant had opened earlier this year in the converted Long John Silver’s building, but it appears as though they have closed.