With the University of Arkansas’ fall semester fast approaching and Razorback football season right around the corner, there’s always a flurry of restaurant activity this time of year.
This year is no exception.
Here’s what we know about seven local restaurants that have recently opened, closed, or that will soon open in Fayetteville.
TJ’s Sandwich Shop
A local sandwich shop is expanding.
TJ’s Sandwich Shop, created by Todd and Nickki Golden of Mermaid’s Seafood, will open a second location at 1218 N. Garland Ave.
The space was most recently home to a second location for Taco Shack (which still operates out of a small building next door).
According to the restaurant’s Instagram account, they plan to open soon.
Louisiana-based restaurant chain Raising Cane’s opened their first NWA location in Fayetteville today (Aug. 6).
The restaurant, which operates over 200 locations in 18 states, focuses on a simple menu with fried chicken finger meals, fries, and coleslaw.
Raising Cane’s is located at 859 East Millsap Road. They’re open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until midnight.
Johnson’s favorite kolache bakery recently made the move to Fayetteville.
Golden Kolache has relocated from their old home at 2212 Main Dr. to 3327 W Wedington Dr., into the space formerly home to Burger Patti.
As the name suggests, the bakery serves kolaches, breads, and other sweet treats.
They officially opened in their new location over the weekend, their hours are Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., and on Saturday from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Deluxe Burger is also expanding in Fayetteville.
Bowman Hospitality Group, the restaurant group behind Deluxe Burger and several other concepts in Fayetteville, plans to open a location at College Marketplace, next to the planned Whole Foods Market.
It will be the second Deluxe Burger location in Fayetteville, and the third overall for the chain. There’s also a new location in Rogers.
Deluxe Burger will join three other restaurants (Chipotle, Jimmy John’s, and Zoës Kitchen) in College Marketplace.
If all goes well, the plan is to open this fall.
Frickin Chicken has closed its brick and mortar location, and is back to being a food truck.
The restaurant started in a truck along College Avenue, before giving it a go at 509 W. Spring St.
The trailer is now located at Shulertown Food Court on Dickson Street.
Tacos 4 Life
Conway-based Tacos 4 Life will soon expand into Fayetteville.
The restaurant is currently remodeling the former USA Drug store at 1572 N. College Ave. in Evelyn Hills Shopping Center.
The Central Arkansas chain currently operates two locations in Conway. The Fayetteville store will be the company’s first franchise.
According to their website, the restaurant donates the cost of one meal to Feed My Starving Children for every meal they sell.
If all goes well, the restaurant could be open later this month.
A new dessert boutique called Alchemy Macarons is now open at 112 W Center St., on the ground floor of the EJ Ball Building in the space formerly home to Bliss Cupcakes.
The restaurant, created by locals Oliver Crumpton, his wife Adrienne, and Oliver’s parents Eleanor and Stan, features more than 15 varieties of French macarons.
The restaurant is open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.