Restaurant news: Rolando’s, Coco’s, San Miguel, High-Country Cajun, and more

Just a couple weeks after posting one of our most popular restaurant updates, we found a few more nuggets of info to share with you guys.

Here’s what we know about a handful of restaurants and food trailers that have opened or will soon open in Fayetteville.

Coco’s Lebanese Cafe

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Coco’s Lebanese Cafe will soon move to a new location.

The restaurant announced Tuesday that it has closed its current location at 509 W. Spring St. in preparation for a move to 120 N. Block Ave. where it will share a space with World Treasures.

The owners said they hope to move quickly, but noted that there is a lot of work to be done at the new location.

It will be the third home for Coco’s, which originally opened in October 2012 inside a space behind Teatro Scarpino on West Avenue.

Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante

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Fort Smith-based Rolando’s Nuevo Latino Restaurante may soon expand into Fayetteville, inside the space that Coco’s will soon be leaving.

A permit was recently filed with the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board for the new Rolando’s location at 509 W. Spring St.

Rolando’s currently operates restaurants in Fort Smith, Hot Springs and Rogers. Here’s a link to their menu.

San Miguel Mexican Grill & Bar

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The long vacant (well, outside of Halloween season) former home of Kirby’s Grill & Bakery will finally have a new tenant.

A “Coming Soon” is now in place at 3722 N. Front St. announcing a new restaurant called San Miguel Mexican Grill & Bar.

The building, which has been home to a Halloween Express store each fall for the last several years, was recently purchased by a company called San Miguel Properties, registered to Jose and Maria Rodruiguez of Springdale. The Rodruiguez family also operates two La Hacienda restaurants here in town.


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A new barbecue trailer has been parked on North College Avenue for the last few days.

The trailer, called WS BBQ, is located in the lot between Ozark Floor Company and Friendly Liquor.

A Flyer reader said the new truck serves a pretty mean brisket. Anyone else tried it yet?

High-Country Cajun

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A food trailer called High Country Cajun is open in the lot across from AQ Chicken at 1930 N. College Ave.

According to their Facebook page, the restaurant is open just two days a week on Friday and Saturday from 1-7 p.m., and specializes in Cajun/Creole specialties like boiled crawfish and red beans and rice.

Slim Chickens

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Slim Chickens’ fourth Fayetteville location is set to open at 3562 W. Wedington Drive.

According to owner Greg Smart, the Fayetteville-based chain restaurant is eyeing a June 16 opening date.

College Marketplace

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College Marketplace is a food and retail center planned at 3535 N. College Ave. which will be anchored by the region’s first Whole Foods Market.

Aside from Whole Foods, the project includes over 26,000 square feet of additional space spread out over three buildings.

No other tenants have been announced, but a recent Northwest Arkansas Business Journal article suggests that a “healthy-living restaurant that is currently not located within the Northwest Arkansas market” is already on board.

Project renderings show what appears to be a restaurant with a patio near the street, but a quick look through developer S.J. Collins’ other recent Whole Foods projects doesn’t really show any obvious restaurant partners.

Restaurant chains placed in recent Whole Foods-anchored centers include Barberitos, Bonefish Grill, Chili’s, Chipotle, Jason’s Deli, McAlisters, Panera, P.F. Chang’s, Smoothie King and Zoes Kitchen.

Of those, only Zoes Kitchen seems to fit the bill.

The Mediterranean-inspired, fast casual chain recently opened restaurants in Whole Foods shopping centers in Tallahassee, Fla. and Savannah, Ga.

We’ll see.