Restaurant news: Doomsday Coffee, Ohana Poke, Mess Hall 45, and more

Get hungry, restaurant fans. It’s time for some restaurant news.

Here’s what we know about several places that are opening, closing, moving, or coming soon to Fayetteville.

Torchy’s Tacos

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Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos has announced its official opening date for a new location in Fayetteville.

The new restaurant, located at 1541 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will host a grand opening party from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5 with free tacos, green chile queso, beverages and giveaways. The event is open to the public.

For those who can’t make it to the grand opening party, the restaurant will officially open for business on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The company will give away free tacos for a year to one raffle winner on opening day.

The Fayetteville restaurant will also be the first Torchy’s location to offer brunch from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Friday-Sunday. The plan is to add a full bar later this fall with draft beer, margaritas and other cocktails.

Doomsday Coffee

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Doomsday Coffee has opened their second Fayetteville location.

The new restaurant is located at 436 W. Watson Street in Downtown Fayetteville this summer.

The location offers some of the same items as the original location in Evelyn Hills, but will also have its own roastery, a smoke house, beers on tap, wine, and some mixed drinks.

The restaurant also offers their breakfast tacos, waffles, and smoked lunch tacos daily from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Ohana Poke

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A new restaurant called Ohana Poke Hawaiian Cuisine is now open in the shopping center across from Fayetteville High School.

The new place is located at 1135 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, and specializes in poke bowls and other Hawaiian dishes (Check out their menu here).

According to their Facebook page, they are open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

First Watch

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Florida-based breakfast chain First Watch has opened their Fayetteville location.

The restaurant, located at 3251 N. College in the building formerly home to Zaxby’s, is described as a “daytime cafe” serving only breakfast and lunch options.

The chain operates over 200 locations around the country. According to their, National and Battlefield Investments, led by James Tillman and Joseph Hulston, have committed to open at least five First Watch restaurants in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas.

From the looks of the menu, the restaurant serves traditional breakfast fare, along with some healthier-looking options like superfood bowls, granola bowls, some sandwiches, and salads.

The new Fayetteville location is open daily from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Juice Palm

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Local juice bar and healthy food restaurant Juice Palm has opened their Dickson Street location.

Juice Palm offers energy bowls, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and other items.

The new location is the third restaurant for the company, created by local entrepreneur Omar Kasim.

The hours for the new Dickson Street location are Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Project 7

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A new restaurant specializing in small plates made for sharing is now open just off Dickson Street.

The restaurant, called Project 7 Kitchen + Bar, was created by local Tyler Hamedi and partners, and is located around the back side of the building also home to Teatro Scarpino and Kream at 329 N West Ave.

Hamedi says the restaurant focuses on a small menu of just 14 items on small-to-medium sized plates, and designed to be shared. Dishes like pomegranate meatballs, roasted chicken, cilantro salmon, mushroom toast, and other items.

Instead of waiting for all the food for one table to be prepared at once, each dish is delivered fresh from the kitchen as soon as it is ready.

For now, the restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 5-10 p.m., but Hamedi said they may add a Sunday brunch option soon.

For a bit more info, check out their Facebook page.

The Good Cajun

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A new food truck has opened up next to Prairie Street Bar & Tap.

The Good Cajun opened recently in the spot next to the bar formerly occupied by Big Sexy Food.

The menu focuses on fried shrimp baskets, boudin, etouffee, red beans & rice, and other cajun dishes.

The truck is open Tuesday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 4-9 p.m., Saturday from 2-9 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.

Mess Hall 45

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The new restaurant created by the founder of the popular Green Submarine restaurant on Wedington Drive is now open.

The concept, called Mess Hall 45 is located at 1830 N. Crossover Road close to East Side Grill.

The new restaurant has a casual feel similar to what own Nathan Jendeski has created with Green Submarine, and focuses on “all things sandwich,” including submarine sandwiches, speciality burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and wraps.

The name of the restaurant, Jendeski told us recently, is a nod to the military, service members, and first responders that Jendeski said he has always admired. His grandfather, father, mother, brother, and uncle all served, he told us, and he plans to offer a substantial discount to those individuals.

Otherwise, he said, the restaurant will operate on the same philosophy that has guided him with the Green Submarine over the years.

“Buy good stuff, sell it when it’s fresh, don’t mess it up,” Jendeski said.

The restaurant is open Tuesday-Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for lunch, and from 5-9 p.m. for dinner.

Taqueria Leo’s Mobileo

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Get pumped, taco truck fans. There’s a new one at the Yacht Club on College.

Taqueria Leo’s Mobile arrived at the lot recently. As you might expect, the truck specializes in Mexican foods, including tacos, burritos, and other items.

They are open 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday-Saturday, and 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.