Restaurant and Bar news: TyPHOon, Big Sexy Food, Sassy’s BBQ & Grill, and more

It’s only been a few weeks since our last restaurant news post, but we’ve already found enough news on openings and closings around town for another update.

Here’s what we know about several more restaurants (and a few bars) that have opened, closed, or plan to open soon in Fayetteville.


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There’s a new Vietnamese restaurant in town.

TyPHOon opened last month at 2612 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The restaurant, as the name suggests, specializes in the broth-y Vietnamese soup, Pho, Bahn Mi sandwiches, and other classic dishes.

Here’s a link to their full menu.

The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Locals 479

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Neighborhood bar and grill Locals 479 closed its doors last month.

The folks running their Facebook pages hinted as recently as July 19 that they plan to reopen eventually, but it’s been pretty quiet since then.

Big Sexy Food

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There’s a new food truck at the Yacht Club.

Big Sexy Food has replaced Zuppa Zuppa in the center of the lot (We’re told Zuppa Zuppa has moved over one space and will reopen this fall). The folks behind the truck are the same ones who experimented with a pop-up restaurant on Joyce Boulevard not too long ago.

The menu focuses on burgers and a few main dishes, including a pork tenderloin dish, “Bloody Mary Chicken Wings,” and a few others.

Here’s a link to the menu.

The truck is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch, and 5-7 p.m. for dinner. On Friday and Saturday night, it stays open until 8 p.m. for dinner.

Sassy’s BBQ & Grill

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The new Sassy’s location on the west side is now open.

Sassy’s BBQ & Grill opened last week at 1290 Steamboat Drive, just off Wedington Drive.

Initially, the restaurant is serving a menu very similar to the original Sassy’s on College Avenue, but may branch out into some other things over time.

The restaurant opens daily at 11 a.m., and closes at 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

JJ’s Grill on Dickson

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Renovations on the new JJ’s Grill on Dickson Street are wrapping up, and the restaurant will be open soon.

The restaurant will be located at 324 W. Dickson St., in the building formerly home to Jose’s Mexican Restaurant.

Owner Jody Thornton said if all goes well, it’ll be open by the end of the month, just in time for Razorback Football season.

Big Star

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Relatively new dive bar Big Star closed its doors recently, though it could reopen eventually.

Owner Archie Schaffer said he is in negotiations with the building owner to restructure and possible expand the bar, but no agreement has been reached just yet.

The bar, located at 208 N. Block Ave. in the building formerly home to Beaver Electric, specializes in craft cocktails and beers.


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JJ’s Beer Garden & Brewing Co., the offshoot brewery/restaurant by the folks behind JJ’s Grill, has begun construction on their building at the southwest corner of Van Asche Drive and Steele Boulevard in Fayetteville.

The nearly 12,000-square-foot building will house the 15-barrel brewhouse, a bar/restaurant, and the corporate offices for JJ’s Grill.

It’s the latest venture from Jody Thornton, owner of JJ’s Grill, which operates six locations across the state.

Thornton said if all goes well, JBGB will be open in late winter/early spring 2017.

Electric Cowboy/Whiskey 101

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Longtime dance club Electric Cowboy closed its doors recently, and plans to soon reopen as Whiskey 101.

The bar is located at 2127 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

According to their website, it looks like the new concept will open in two weeks, just before the opening of Razorback Football season.

Prelude Breakfast Bar

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There’s a new breakfast spot in downtown Fayetteville.

Prelude Breakfast Bar opened last month at 509 W. Spring St. #20, in the space formerly home to Frickin’ Chicken.

The restaurant serves a rotating menu, but generally specializes in various flavored pancakes, benedicts, and other breakfast items.

Here’s a recent version of their menu.

They’re open daily from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.


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There’s a new(ish) pool hall/dart room/restaurant/bar on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to check out.

Morano’s has actually been around for a while now. They originally took over for Billy’s Pool Hall at Razorback Road, before moving to their new location at 2179 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. back in the spring.

The restaurant serves pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and other bar-friendly fare.