Restaurant News: Buddy’s Barbecue, Sugar Shack, Flying Burger & Seafood, and more

It was just a couple weeks ago that we posted an update on restaurant openings and closings in Fayetteville, but we’ve found a couple more since then.

Consider this post an addendum to that one.

Here’s what we know about a couple more places that are opening, closing, or coming soon in Fayetteville.


Buddy’s Barbecue

Buddy’s Barbecue / Staff photo

A new barbecue restaurant is set to open next week.

According to a tip we received this week, Buddy’s Barbecue is set to open next week at 4170 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. in West Fayetteville, in the building with the giant dancing boar statue in front of it.

The restaurant is the creation of local resident and musician Josh McClard.

From the looks of their Facebook page, it will specialize in ribs, brisket, and other barbecue staples.

Sugar Shack

The sign for the original Sugar Shack in West Fork / Courtesy

West Fork-based burger joint Sugar Shack is opening a food truck in Fayetteville soon.

The restaurant will be setting up shop next to Core Pub on Mall Avenue beginning this weekend.

According to owner Brandon Spurlock, the Core location will serve a rotating menu of American food including burgers and fries, chicken strips, and hotdogs.

A grand opening event is planned on Saturday, Dec. 15 featuring live music by Justin Leflar.

Flying Burger & Seafood

Flying Burger / Courtesy

A regional burger and seafood chain is coming soon to the west side of town.

According to signs that appeared recently, Flying Burger & Seafood is planning a new location on W. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, next to the Buddy’s Barbecue location we mentioned earlier in this post.

The restaurant got its start in Magnolia, and began franchising last year. According to their website, they also operate locations in El Dorado, Arkansas, Ruston, Louisiana, and Caddo Valley, Arkansas.

Their menu focuses on burgers, catfish dishes, po-boy sandwiches, boiled seafood, and other items.

No timeline for opening has been announced that we know of. We’ll keep you posted.

King Burrito

King Burrito / Staff photo

King Burrito has officially opened a new Fayetteville location at 3120 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.

The restaurant, as the name might suggest, is known locally for their giant burritos. The restaurant chain owns locations in Rogers, Bentonville, and Springdale, and once operated a location on College Avenue before changing the name of that location to El Taco Loco. The menu at that location, however, has remained the same as the one King Burrito was serving.

The new Fayetteville location opened early this week on Dec. 10.

Blackboard Grocery

Blackboard Grocery / Courtesy photo

A well-loved local bodega on Dickson Street will soon close its doors for good.

Blackboard Grocery, a small urban market that opened in late 2014 at 644 W. Dickson Street, announced plans to close their store officially just before the holidays on Dec. 20.

The announcement was posted earlier today on the store’s Instagram page.

It’s been an incredible 4 years having Blackboard nestled in our favorite NWA Town. Thanks for accepting us and embracing our tiny little bodega down on Dickson Street. Dec. 20th will be our last day to fuel you with coffee, fill your bellies with food, and be there when you need us in a pinch.

We hope you come say goodbye and come take advantage of some deep discounts. We <3 you Fayetteville! We can't wait to see you all out in the community instead of just from behind the bar!

The store, owned by Lycia Shrum who had operated a similar store in Austin before moving to Fayetteville, carried groceries, coffee, beer, and other essentials. They also served up sandwiches and other items for lunch, and some (incredibly delicious) grab-and-go breakfast tacos in the morning.

Judging by the reactions on the store’s Instagram announcement, several folks in town will be sad to see it go.