Restaurant news: Apple Blossom Brewing Company, King Burrito, Taziki’s, and Lucy’s Diner

It’s time once again for a roundup of the new restaurants that have recently opened, closed, or that are soon coming to Fayetteville.

This time, we found a new local brewery, a taqueria, a diner, and a Mediterranean restaurant. Here’s what we know about the new places.

Apple Blossom Brewing Company

Apple Blossom Brewing Company

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The microbrew explosion in Fayetteville continues.

Apple Blossom Brewing Company, the new restaurant and brew pub by Smoke & Barrel Tavern owners Evan McDonald, Sammie Stephenson, Joe Utsch, Al Schaffer, along with brewery partners Ching Mong and Daniel Smith, will officially open for business at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10.

The 8,500-square-foot space at 1550 E. Zion Rd. include s seating for around 250 folks for lunch and dinner. The restaurant also includes a 10-barrel brewing system for brewmaster Nathan Traw’s creations. Four of Traw’s beers, including an IPA, a Porter, and two “prop” beers will be available to taste on opening day. More local beers are already in the works.

The Apple Blossom menu will focus on soups, salads, sandwiches, and focaccia pizzas by chef Joe Utsch (Joe’s Bistro). For more on the new brew pub, read our initial story and our interview with Traw.

King Burrito

King Burrito

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Rogers-based King Burrito and Taqueria is expanding soon to Fayetteville.

The new restaurant, coming to the space at 2175 N College Ave. (most recently home to Foghorn’s), focuses on “real Mexican food,” not Tex-Mex, but “authentic meals as elaborated in Mexico.

According to an employee at the Rogers location, the new restaurant should be open by the end of July.

Lucy’s Diner

Lucy’s Diner

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A new 24-hour diner is coming soon to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Lucy’s Diner, a chain that started in Fort Smith, and that also operates a Rogers location, will open a Fayetteville restaurant at 3120 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in the space formerly home to Rolling Pin Express.

The restaurant focuses on traditional American fare, including 24-hour breakfast, burgers, meat loaf, chicken fried steaks, and other items.

According to an employee of the Rogers location, the Fayetteville store could open sometime in the next week or so.


Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

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Birmingham, Ala. chain Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe opened Tuesday, July 9 at 95 E. Joyce Blvd., in the space formerly home to Burger Life.

The new restaurant is a franchised location owned by Jim Keet and his sons Tommy and Jake, who also own and operate Taziki’s restaurants in Little Rock and Conway.

According to their website, Taziki’s menu is inspired by Greek and Mediterranean cooking, and includes several grilled items, gyros, and salads.

Speaking of Burger Life…

Burger Life, the restaurant concept owned by the folks behind the Springdale-based Marketplace restaurant chain, closed in May citing an inability to work out a lease agreement with the building owners.

Restaurant officials recently said they plan to reopen in a new location, but that they’re still looking for a home.