Restaurant News: Cardamom & Curry, Con Quesos, Chunky Dunk and more

It’s time for some restaurant news.

Here’s what we know about 16 places that have opened, closed, or that will open soon in Fayetteville.

Cardamom & Curry

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The new Indian-style restaurant from the folks behind Greenhouse Grille and Wood Stone Craft Pizza is set to open this week.

It’s called Cardamom & Curry, and according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page, it will officially open for business at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 1.

Co-owner Jerrmy Gawthrop told us back in April that the restaurant will focus on “Indian-style” cuisine, with a fresh take on the dishes you’d find at a traditional Indian food restaurant.

“There are so many different types of Indian cooking, and they do things a little bit differently by region,” he said. “We are going to take kind of a best-of Indian food approach, and we’ll definitely be putting our own spin on things.”

Flyer staff previewed the restaurant last week, and can attest to its tastiness.

The menu is up on the website, for those interested in a sneak peek.

Chunky Dunk

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There’s a new(ish) milk and cookies truck in town.

Chunky Dunk, created by local resident Sarah Slimp, opened last month in a food trailer on Block Avenue.

The truck serves up, you guessed it, various homemade cookies, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and regular, chocolate, non-dairy, and specialty milks.

The hours are a little inconsistent, but they’re generally open toward the weekend,Thursday through Saturday(ish), in the afternoons and evenings. They also set up sometimes in the mornings at Wilson Park. Check their Facebook page for open times.

Burger Patti

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In case you missed our post from last month, Burger Patti has closed for good.

The restaurant was located at 3327 W. Wedington Dr., and specialized in hand-pattied burgers and fresh-cut french fries.

Taco Shack

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We’re not sure exactly when it happened, but we noticed that the Taco Shack has vacated the second location at 1218 N. Garland Ave.

They’re still open in “the shack,” the smaller location they’ve operated in for years right next door, however.

Taco on, taco people.

Con Quesos

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Speaking of tacos, a new Tex-Mex restaurant is coming soon to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Con Quesos, a restaurant by recent UA graduate Omar Kasim and interior design students Natalie Banister and Amanda Burge, plans to open in the new building currently under construction at 2016 W. MLK Jr. Drive this fall.

According to their website, the new place will serve “fusion tacos” inspired by cuisine from around the world.

Khana Indian Grill

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In case you missed it, another Indian food restaurant has finally found a home in Fayetteville.

Khana Indian Grill, the new concept by owners Lisa, Abhijeet, and their son Larkin Purkayastha, is expected to open later this fall at 2101 N. College Ave., in the space formerly home to Little Guys Movers.

The restaurant originally planned to open in The Dickson in 2014, but the deal fell through in the planning stages.

Cable Car

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In other sad news, longtime local pizza place Cable Car Pizza is closed.

There’s hope for fans of the restaurant, however. A sign in the window at 2630 E. Citizens Drive indicates that they are looking for a new location, and plan to reopen eventually.

The restaurant has been in a few different spots around Fayetteville over the years. They had a pretty good run off Dickson Street in the space currently occupied by Theo’s in the late 90s/early 2000s.

Here’s hoping they find a new spot.


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One Whataburger location is nearing completion, and plans for a second location in Fayetteville were uncovered last month.

The first location, coming to 1920 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at the site formerly home to an E-Z Mart, appears to be nearly ready to open. Officials broke ground on the location in March, and expected a three- to six-month construction process.

As of this week, the exterior looks to be complete, and signage is already in place on the building.

The Texas-based restaurant chain also recently submitted preliminary designs for a second Fayetteville location planned near the northeast corner of North College Avenue and Joyce Boulevard.

Four Corners Kitchen

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A new farm-to-table restaurant is now open at 1214 N. Garland Ave., in the space formerly home to Hogs Breath Eatery.

The new place, called Four Corners Kitchen, was created by local chef Wesley Douglas and officially opened in mid-April.

We’ve heard good things. Anyone tried it yet?

Natural State Sandwiches

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Local food truck Natural State Sandwiches is moving from the Yacht Club, and is hoping to form a new food truck community in Fayetteville.

Owners say they’ll set up in the parking lot of Columbus House Brewery, and will call their new mobile business park Bike Trail Marketplace.

Natural State Sandwiches will also debut a new truck and expanded menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, and sweets at the new location.

The move is set to take place in mid-July.

Buffalo Wild Wings


Buffalo Wild Wings is planning to move to a new restaurant not far from their current location.

The new restaurant will be built at the southeast corner of Joyce and Steele boulevards, on the opposite corner of the intersection, just west of Razorback Cinema in an empty lot adjacent to Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe.

City planners are set to discuss the new restaurant plans at the July 1 Technical Plat Review meeting. Here are a few more details about the move.

Container Kitchen

From left, co-owner Ben Mills, chef Jessie Schumann, co-owner Mitchell Owen, and employee Ryan Hughes

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Fossil Cove owner Ben Mills has partnered with Little Bread Co. co-owner Mitchell Owen to open a new restaurant inside a shipping container adjacent to the brewery.

The new restaurant, called Container Kitchen, focuses on just six items made from scratch with fresh ingredients. There’s a bratwurst dish, two burger sliders with buns made locally at Little Bread Co., an avocado taco, a strawberry bacon goat cheese salad, and cheesy polenta fries.

Here’s more information about the new place.

San Lio

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The new Chinese restaurant by Meiji owner Darwin Beyer will open soon on Dickson Street.

The restaurant, called San Lio, will be located in the space at 300 W. Dickson St., in the space formerly home to Aqua Fire and 36 Club.

Beyer told us that the restaurant will be a “Chinese gourmet-style” concept.

If all goes well with some planned test runs this week, the restaurant could be open as early as Friday, July 3.

AM Donuts & Kolaches

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There’s a new donut shop coming to east Fayetteville.

A banner appeared recently for a place called AM Donuts and Kolaches at 1771 N. Crossover Road, just across the street from Harps.

We don’t know much about them, other than we bet they’ll serve donuts and Kolache.

Cupcakes by Arlene

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A new cupcake kiosk is up and running inside Vintage Violet / Salon Bombshell on Archibald Yell Boulevard.

The new place, called Cupcakes by Arlene, serves homemade cupcakes made from scratch each day. They also do special orders for gatherings and parties.

Arlene said she plans to expand soon into a portion of the space currently occupied by Salon Bombshell, and become a full-blown cupcake cafe and coffee shop.

Big Star

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It’s not a restaurant, per se, but in case you haven’t heard, there’s a new bar on Block Avenue.

Big Star, created by Flying Burrito Co. co-owner Archie Schaffer, is up and running at 208 N Block Ave.

The bar focuses on classic cocktails, and they’ve also been cooking up some pretty tasty looking barbecue on Wednesday nights.