Restaurant news: Little Caesar’s, Mas Mex, Frickin Chicken, and more

“April showers bring new restaurants.” You’ve heard the old saying, right?

That’s how it seems lately, anyway.

We just posted a roundup of new restaurants coming to Fayetteville back in March, but there’s been quite a bit of activity since then, so we thought an update was in order.

In particular, it seems like there’s a lot happening on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at the moment.

Here’s what we know about restaurants that have opened recently, or will soon open in Fayetteville.

Little Caesar’s Pizza

Future home of a Little Caesar’s Pizza on Garland Avenue.

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It looks like Little Caesar’s Pizza is coming (back) to Fayetteville.

Sources tell us that a franchisee for the restaurant chain has leased the former gas station at 1128 N. Garland Ave., and renovations appear to be underway. A call to Little Caesar’s corporate office to confirm the news was not immediately returned Tuesday.

We can remember a Little Caesar’s operating on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard years ago, but that location has been closed for quite a while.

According to their website, Little Caesar’s is the largest carry-out pizza chain in the world. The restaurant is currently best known for their “hot and ready” pizza offering that does not require a call-in order.

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Workers demolish the building formerly occupied by The Parts Store to make way for a new Andy’s Frozen Custard.

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Andy’s Frozen Custard closed about a year ago on College Avenue, but the ice cream chain will return to Fayetteville late this summer on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

The new store will be built in place of The Parts Store, a business that recently moved to a new building just down the street.

The old building was demolished this week, and construction on Andy’s is expected to soon begin. According to Arkansas Business, the new 1,600-square-foot building will include a dine-in area, a drive-thru, and an area for walk-up orders.

If all goes well, the new Andy’s could open sometime in August.

KJ Sushi and Korean BBQ

A ‘coming soon’ banner for KJ Sushi and Korean BBQ hangs on the building formerly home to Andy’s Frozen Custard on College Avenue.

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Speaking of Andy’s Frozen Custard, signs are up for a new Korean restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Andy’s at 3223 N. College Avenue.

According to the signs, KJ Sushi and Korean BBQ will soon open in the space.

Frickin’ Chicken

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Frickin’ Chicken recently opened inside a food truck located behind Shave the Planet near the corner of College Avenue and Rolling Hills Drive.

The truck, owned by locals Clayton Scott and Jeannette Beltram, focuses on bone-in chicken breasts, wings, waffles, fried candy bars, and other items.

The restaurant is open Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Shipley Donuts

Shipley Donuts recently

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The Daylight Donuts at 1151 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. recently became a Shipley Donuts.

The restaurant is open daily from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

El Paso Mexican Grille Cantina

El Paso Mexican Cantina is opening in the space formerly occupied by Gusano’s on Wedington Drive.

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El Paso Mexican Cantina is opening at 3980 W. Wedington Dr., in the space formerly occupied by Gusano’s Pizza.

The restaurant is affiliated with the Acambaro Mexican restaurant on College Avenue in Fayetteville.

An “opening soon” banner hangs in the window, but a source told us that “it’s going to be a while” before the restaurant opens.

Panda Express

Construction is under way on a new Panda Express on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

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Remember when we told you that Panda Express was coming to 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.? Well, construction on the project is moving forward.

The old building (formerly home to USA Drug) was recently demolished, and the new restaurant is taking shape. Plans call for patio seating and a single-lane drive-thru.

Mas Mex

Mas Mex is coming soon to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Fayetteville.

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A new mexican restaurant is coming to 1509 W Martin Luther King Blvd. in Fayetteville.

Mas Mex Fresh Mexican Grill and Tortilla Factory will open soon in the space formerly occupied by Silver Joe’s Coffee Company (and Rally’s. Remember Rally’s?)

There isn’t a lot of information on their website yet, but from the street, it looks as though the restaurant will include outdoor rooftop seating.