The leaves are turning, it’s getting colder, and just like the changing of the seasons, a bunch of restaurants are opening and closing in town, too.
Here’s what we know about them.
There’s a new food truck on Block Avenue.
Order 57 recently opened at 201 N. Block Ave., in a grassy lot at the corner of Spring Street. The truck serves a rotating variety of dishes with an International flair, including a Bukharia curried rice dish, a roasted chicken dish with apricot gravy, fried eggplant sandwiches, and others.
The truck is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
A restaurant from the family that runs A Taste of Thai is now open at 316 Archibald Yell Blvd. in the space formerly home to Twin Kitchen.
The new place, called Thai Express, serves some of the same dishes as its sister restaurant just off the square, along with a few new items.
La Finca Mexican Restaurant
A new Mexican restaurant is now open at 1021 S. Razorback Road next door to the Fayetteville Revenue Office.
La Finca Mexican Restaurant, which opened late this summer, specializes in “authentic Mexican cuisine.”
Morano’s / Billy’s Bar & Grill
Billy’s Bar & Grill at 989 S. Razorback Road changed its name over the summer.
The placed was renamed Morano’s (after manager and new owner Adam Morano), and the new menu focuses on pizza and pasta dishes.
The restaurant also features regular pool and dart tournaments and occasional live music.
Morano’s is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday.
City Pizzeria, the pizza experiment by Theo’s/East Side Grill/Deluxe Burger owner Scott Bowman, has closed its doors.
The restaurant, which opened back in the spring at 1641 W. 15th St. in the space formerly home to Salty Dog (and before that, Pig & Whistle BBQ), may, however, resurface elsewhere.
“We have enjoyed serving the south Fayetteville community, and we thank all of you for your support,” stated the owners in a note posted on the restaurant’s front door. “We will update the public about the future of City Pizzeria and other store openings on our social media pages.”
Newk’s Eatery will soon open its first Fayetteville location.
According to the company’s website, the new Fayetteville restaurant will be located at 637 E. Joyce St., in the space once home to HuHot Mongolian Grill. HuHot closed its doors in December 2013 after three years in business in north Fayetteville.
The Mississippi-based, fast-casual restaurant features sandwiches, pizza, soups and salads.
El Super Taco / Mas Mex
It looks like a new taco joint is coming soon to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
A banner for El Super Taco hangs on the building at 1509 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in the space formerly home to Mas Mex.
The restaurant could be associated with a chain of the same name that operates a handful of locations in the Fort Smith area. Anyone have any more information to share?
Four Corners Kitchen / Hog’s Breath Eatery
Longtime Fayetteville restaurant Hogs Breath Eatery closed over the summer, and it looks like a new place will soon open in the space at 1214 N. Garland Ave.
According to the state’s website, the new restaurant is called Four Corners Kitchen.
That’s about all we know about this one so far. Anyone have any insight as to what type of food they’ll serve?
Joe’s Pizza / El Paso Mexican Grille
A pizza chain with locations in Springdale, Fort Smith, and the Dallas-Ft. Worth area will soon expand to Fayetteville.
Joe’s Pizza and Pasta is planning a new restaurant in 3980 Wedington Drive, in the space formerly home to El Paso Mexican Grille and Cantina.
According to an employee of the Springdale restaurant, the chain is also developing locations in Bentonville and Joplin, Mo.
Reno’s Smoked Meats
A new barbecue restaurant has opened at the Yacht Club on College.
Reno’s Smoked Meats specializes in smoked chicken, ribs, and brisket, along with homemade sides and desserts.
The restaurant is open on Saturdays for lunch and dinner starting at 11 a.m.
Marley’s Chicago Style Pizzeria, a company that also operates a location in Tulsa, is now open at 609 W. Dickson St. #103, inside The Dickson.
The restaurant focuses on Chicago-style pizza, as well as some sandwiches, wraps, salads, and appetizers.
Popular west Fayetteville restaurant Green Submarine has opened a second location.
The restaurant opened recently at 402 W. Dickson St., in the building formerly home to The Phoenix.
The menu focuses on a variety of hot and cold sub sandwiches.
Packard On Block
It looks like the Indian food and sandwich shop planned for Block Avenue has fallen through.
A restaurant called Packard on Block in the spring announced plans to open in the building at 208 N. Block Ave. (formerly home to Beaver Electric), but the signage has been removed from the location and the space is now for lease.
We sent a message to the folks who were planning to open the restaurant for an update on their plans, but we haven’t heard back from them yet.