The taco truck adds dining space inside; Japanese hokaben “eaten” by shark

Popular mobile taco establishment – aka taco truck – Godoy Tacos moved to the former Thirst N Howl, 14710 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. Owner-operator Alejandro Gutierrez says they’ve been working on the storefront for a year and are finally getting ready to open, the first or second week of January; customers will order from one of their two food trucks parked outside and bring their food and drinks inside for consumption. Gutierrez describes the idea as essentially a food court; he says another food truck operation is preparing to announce this week that it will be opening a similar establishment next to what was most recently JK’s Bar-B-Que.

Gutierrez says the food truck concept will keep its overhead costs low; if it is successful, he adds, he will consider pulling the truck and turning the space into a full-service restaurant. Repairs to the truck and the same staffing difficulties that plagued just about every other restaurant owner in the area are the main causes of the delay in opening the storefront, he explains. Meanwhile, his other food truck will continue to operate in central Arkansas and he has a smaller truck for food service operations.

Tacos Godoy’s phone number will remain (501) 779-0806; the website,, now lists the location of Cantrell Road. The Facebook page is

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Japanese cuisine Hokaben, 115 Carnahan Drive, Maumelle, has closed – after less than six months of activity – and a sign on the building says it will soon be a retail outlet for Sharks Fish & Chicken. Calls to the phone number on the panel, (501) 734-8220, only got us to a voicemail box.

Meanwhile, one of our readers reports that Gino’s Pizzeria & Philly Steaks goes into the space of a gas station / convenience store at 10101 Interstate 30 which we are told was once a the Sharks. Expect it to open in early January once management resolves the staff shortage issue, you guessed it. This is a second location southwest of Little Rock for Gino’s, which has been in operation for about 20 years and will continue to do so, at a Shell station just up the freeway at 8000 Geyer Springs Road. The phone number is (501) 562-0152.

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If you’re not one of the folks who count the hours until the end of 2021, you might not know that Friday is New Years Eve, and since New Years Eve falls on a Friday this year, it is likely that even in the midst of a pandemic, many venues will be open for varying degrees of celebration. A few of them sent their information this way:

️ Small & Keet, 1620 Market St., Little Rock, offers “1920s themed drinks, delicious late night appetizers” (cold smoked salmon crostini, sea bass croquette with remoulade, chicken and chicken cones. waffles with honey sriracha, beef tenderloin sliders with horseradish cream and caprese skewers with balsamic glaze), a sparkling midnight toast … with music and dancing all night long “from 10 p.m. to 1:00 am, for $ 45 in advance – make reservations at – and, for a limited number of celebrants, $ 50 at the door.

️ Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar, 311 Main St., Little Rock, has sold its four-course $ 99 New Years Eve dinner, but they offer the same meal, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, which according to an intensive calculation by our part is New Years Day. Chef Bonner Cameron serves (choose one from each dish), opening, Hawaiian ahi tuna with wontons, wasabi cream and a sesame seaweed salad; duck pastrami with fig jam, sour pickled cherries, small arugula salad and flat breads; or grilled Gulf oysters with Worcestershire sauce and garlic butter. For dish 2: a salad of mini kale, dried cherries, blistered tomatoes, cucumber, pickled red onions, olives, gruyère and focaccia croutons in a citrus vinaigrette with sweet herbs, or a crab and corn bisque with pesto of basil. Starter: Lobster tail with Gulf shrimps, wild mushroom / sweet pea risotto and bunched micro-onions; Slow-braised Wagyu ribs in red wine with mushroom and asparagus coleslaw and roasted fingerling potatoes; or a Surf and Turf (a 6-ounce coffee-dried fillet in a cabernet demi-glace with two giant shrimps), served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. And there is a choice of three desserts. Call (501) 902-4911 or visit to reserve. Free valet parking is available.

And just a notice: from January 24 to 30, it’s Little Rock North Restaurant Week, which the North Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Town of North Little Rock have established to, in their official terms, “raise awareness of the North Little Rock food scene and stimulate the economic activity of North Little Rock restaurants. Little Rock “. Earn points for each restaurant you visit, whether it’s for dine in or take out; by purchasing restaurant gift cards; and sharing on Facebook or Instagram (you should identify the restaurant in the post and photos if possible and include the hashtag #NLREats). The three people who accumulate the most points win “Up to Something Local” prizes, valued at $ 200, $ 150 or $ 100, consisting of gift cards and restaurant gifts. The winners will be announced the week of January 31st.

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