A information to open-air eating in Central Arkansas


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The COVID-19 pandemic has modified the panorama of out of doors eating. Final spring, across the identical time eating places began opening up with phased restrictions, research began to return out suggesting that the coronavirus didn’t unfold as simply outdoor. Eating places already geared up with patios had a bonus, as many famous when driving previous Hill Station’s lawn-style patio on Kavanaugh Boulevard final summer season. Final June, town of Little Rock introduced an outside eating initiative permitting eating places to develop out of doors eating into parking heaps, sidewalks and lawns. Some eating places began pondering outdoors the field.

Flyway Brewery in Argenta lined its parking zone with tents and tables alongside West Fourth and Maple streets. Quickly after, the Argenta Downtown Council took benefit of a regulation handed the 12 months earlier than permitting the institution of leisure districts to part off blocks on Major Road for an outside eating district to extend enterprise for native eating places. Jack Sundell, proprietor of The Root Cafe, together with assist from the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, turned the parking zone at 1301 Major St. into the SoMa Out of doors Eating Room. A 12 months later, give or take, regardless that many Arkansans have been vaccinated, some nonetheless aren’t prepared to completely embrace our pre-pandemic social lives. Eating al fresco, whether or not it’s on a veranda overlooking the Arkansas River or in a parking area, remains to be very a lot in demand.

We’ve put collectively an inventory of a few of our favourite out of doors eating spots. Please keep in mind that many eating places are understaffed now and making an attempt desperately to rent; be affected person and tip generously. Until in any other case famous, put on your masks till you’re served and depart the canine at house.

River Market District

@ The Nook

@ The Nook vastly expanded its out of doors eating through the pandemic. On most weekends now, there’s a line to seize brunch at one of many 12 tables skirting all the entrance entrance of the identical constructing that homes the Arkansas Instances at 201 E. Markham St. The entryway patio is roofed, and it was heated within the wintertime with a number of propane gasoline patio heaters. And the frigid temperature this previous winter didn’t cease folks from brunching. The workers at @ The Nook has to interrupt down all the arrange day by day. 201 E. Markham St. Canine pleasant.

Brian Chilson
@ The Nook

42 Bar & Desk

This massive and posh patio is located straight beneath the Clinton Presidential Heart, and its cozy chairs, gasoline firepit tables and Arkansas River views at all times make me surprise why it’s not at all times packed and why extra folks aren’t texting me to fulfill them down there. 1200 President Clinton Ave.

Buenos Aires Cafe

Positioned within the former Juanita’s area, this below-street-level brick patio sits beneath a bridge connecting President Clinton Avenue to the highest degree of the constructing, which is house to weekend tango nights at Membership 27. It feels good and secluded when you’re taking a prolonged lunch break. This patio is canine pleasant and smoking is permitted. 614 President Clinton Ave.

Sticky Fingerz Rock ’N’ Roll Rooster Shack

This colourful patio that sits alongside President Clinton Avenue has a slatted roof, umbrellas, benches alongside the wall and a small lined gazebo. Whether or not you’re consuming an order of Sticky Fingerz or having a drink between bands, it could shock nobody when you have been to say, “This can be a very nice patio.” Canine and smoking are welcome. 107 River Market Ave.

Cache Restaurant

Along with its up to date two-level inside, Cache has a second-floor patio balcony overlooking the River Market and President Clinton Avenue and two ground-floor patios lined by awnings that skirt the north and east sides of the Arcade constructing. 425 President Clinton Ave.


Raduno Brick Oven and Barroom

You haven’t left your own home for a 12 months, so don’t blow this one, OK? Strawberry pudding, burrata and sourdough, salsiccia pizza and a “Date Evening” salad break up between buddies on the teeny tiny patio at Raduno’s is your transfer. Individuals you realize could stroll by on the sidewalks of Major; faux you keep in mind methods to greet acquaintances, increase whichever of Raduno’s 20-ish faucet beers is in your glass and say, “Oh, HEY!” It’s OK if it feels bizarre; post-pandemic re-emerging is a marathon, not a dash. 1318 S. Major St.

The Root Cafe

The Root Cafe, recognized for its farm-to-table method and glorious weekend brunch, has a comfortable lined patio on the constructing’s entrance that overlooks South Major. It additionally has a unusual dog-friendly courtyard-style patio. The Root has extra open-air seating than most Little Rock-area eating places, however it’s additionally extremely popular, so that you’re nonetheless suggested to return at off instances to make sure you get a seat. 1500 Major St.

South on Major

You may pattern South on Major’s new menu of elevated Southern delicacies on its massive again patio. There’s loads of vegetation and it’s surrounded by a excessive fence that makes you are feeling tucked in amid the hustle and bustle of SoMa. 1304 Major St.



You need to stroll by means of the dry storage space at Vino’s to get to its courtyard-style patio, which makes me really feel particular and vital. The patio has picnic-style tables, stadium seats from Ray Winder Area and a two-story lined gazebo that appears like a clubhouse. It’s an ideal spot for a New York-style slice with a Firehouse Pale Ale. Smoking is allowed. 923 W Seventh St.

Brian Chilson

Doe’s Eat Place

Cut up your porterhouse steak and tamales outdoors at Doe’s. Fenced in and surrounded by vegetation and bushes, this courtyard-style patio is a perfect spot to behave like a wheeler-dealer whether or not you’re or not. 1023 W. Markham St.


Courageous New Restaurant

If somebody have been to ask which Little Rock eating places have the very best sundown views, Courageous New Restaurant would in all probability sit atop that listing. The restaurant is broadly recognized for chef Peter Courageous’s delicacies, which has had a long-lasting impression on Arkansans, having received the very best total restaurant within the Arkansas Instances annual Readers Alternative Award 14 instances. The handful of patio seats overlooking the Arkansas River are extremely coveted when the climate is good and when the solar is setting. 2300 Cottondale Lane.

Brian Chilson
Courageous New river views

Loca Luna

Mark Abernathy’s Riverdale neighborhood bistro has a New Orleans-style brick patio shaded by bushes, umbrellas and an awning protecting the tables that sit straight beside the constructing. Partially lined, it has a secluded, courtyard really feel and is an ideal spot for cocktail hour, lunch or dinner. In my expertise, it’s a comforting place to pre-game earlier than your twentieth highschool reunion. 3519 Outdated Cantrell Highway.

The Fold Botanas & Bar 

Throughout the pandemic, The Fold added a parking zone veranda to the east facet of the constructing along with its lined storage patio in entrance of the restaurant, which was a service station. It’s a perfect location for among the greatest margaritas on the town. Canine are welcome and make frequent appearances on The Fold’s Instagram web page. 3501 Outdated Cantrell Highway.

Buffalo Grill

Buffalo Grill’s lined deck stretches alongside the south facet of the constructing. Take pleasure in your burger or tortilla flats with stress-free views of Botanica Gardens subsequent door. 1611 Rebsamen Park Highway.

Maddie’s Place

Maddie’s Place, chef Brian Deloney’s New Orleans-style restaurant, has a small lined patio in entrance of the restaurant with about 4 tables. If eating outdoors is crucial, you would possibly need to go at a nonpeak time or attempt to beat the frenzy. 1615 Rebsamen Park Highway.

The Light Rose

You may wave at prospects sitting on Maddie’s patio and revel in a soaked salad and shrimp tchoupitoulas on The Light Rose’s small however cozy patio, which sits in entrance of the constructing and is roofed by an awning. 1619 Rebsamen Park Highway.

Pizza Cafe

Relax on Pizza Cafe’s deck and revel in among the coldest draft beer on the town. The restaurant’s patio is the one one on the town that I do know of that sits straight beneath an exquisite catalpa tree. Three or 4 instances a 12 months, prospects both ask: “What sort of tree is that this?” or “Is that this a catalpa tree?” 1517 Rebsamen Park Highway.


Ciao Baci 

About six months in the past, Ciao Baci safely upped its out of doors eating capability by including 4 open-air tables to its driveway area adjoining to the constructing. Proprietor Blair Wallace mentioned the addition shall be a everlasting fixture. Ciao Baci additionally has a soft lined patio that stretches alongside the south facet of the constructing and is certainly one of my favourite spots on the town for cocktails and shared appetizers. Ciao Baci can accommodate people who smoke on the entrance porch space and canines are welcome on the brand new driveway patio. 605 Beechwood St.

Brian Chilson
Ciao Baci’s new driveway patio.

La Terraza Rum & Lounge

La Terraza Rum & Lounge, Hillcrest’s implausible Venezuelan restaurant within the former Acadia area, has a three-tiered wood deck that overlooks Kavanaugh. It’s partially lined, there are brick columns on the decrease degree and huge dungeon-style double doorways — all of which make for a very distinctive Little Rock out of doors eating expertise. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Brian Chilson
La Terraza


I simply realized that I’ve by no means had sushi outdoors earlier than, which is an issue I can quickly treatment at Kemuri, positioned within the Ice Home Revival Constructing on Kavanaugh. It has a lined patio out entrance and uncovered tables alongside the facet of the constructing. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Leo’s Greek Fortress

Leo’s might be the smallest restaurant in Hillcrest however it’s been round for many years. I attempted hummus for the primary time on the patio there within the late ’90s. The inside area is minimal and quaint. Bear in mind Section I when eating places might solely divulge heart’s contents to 33% capability? That’s like telling a spot like Leo’s to simply keep closed. Along with the few tables on Leo’s lined patio, there at the moment are a number of picnic tables within the parking zone the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in a scrumptious gyro or 75-cent PBR and wave at folks on Kavanaugh. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Brian Chilson
Leo’s parking zone picnic tables.

Hill Station

Hill Station has a very nice inside however is understood for its spacious courtyard patio that appeared to be filling a necessity for wide-open out of doors eating in Hillcrest from the time it opened final February till the shutdown in mid-March. Demand for tables at Hill Station appears to solely develop because the pandemic lingers on, at the same time as different eating places open up. Anticipate strains and crowds. 2712 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Brian Chilson
Hill Station

The Heights

Cheers within the Heights

After I sit on Cheers’ patio in wintertime, I usually faux that I’m not in Little Rock, however at a ski lodge. With its brick and rock fire and wood-paneled ceiling, I can’t assist myself. Within the hotter days the home windows open up and the patio extends outdoors the constructing and is roofed. Throughout the pandemic, proprietor Chris Tanner began establishing tables within the parking zone, which supplied my first out of doors anxiety-ridden pandemic eating expertise final October. 2010 N. Van Buren St.


Individuals don’t discuss Scallions’ patio sufficient, regardless that the restaurant has been round for over 30 years. Its patio is beneath road degree, sunken and secluded from all the extraordinary mid-day Kavanaugh visitors. The area is crammed with colourful chairs and umbrellas the place you’ll be able to order basic lunch staples like hen salad, cheese soup and quiche. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Brian Chilson
Scallion’s beneath road degree patio.

West Little Rock

Petit & Keet

Petit & Keet’s up to date patio has a stone waterfall fire, heaters, a removable roof and a service window hooked up to the bar. Made up of shades of grey and pink, it’s a stable selection for blissful hour, date evening or making an attempt each cocktail on the menu within the title of service journalism. Canine are allowed and should be on a leash. 1620 Market St.


Capi Peck and companion Brent Peterson opened Trio’s at Pavilion within the Park in 1986. Throughout the pandemic, Peck used her expertise in catering to show it right into a premier location for curbside pickup together with patio eating. 8201 Cantrell Highway.


Crush Wine Bar

Like many issues, wine tastes higher outdoor. Because it seems, my co-workers simply knowledgeable me this week in a Google Hangout assembly that Crush Wine Bar has a superb courtyard patio. That is doubtless the final patio I’m going to seek out out about in a Google Hangout assembly; RIP distant work. 318 Major St.

Brian Chilson
Crush Wine Bar

4 Quarter Bar

4 Quarter Bar has among the greatest bar meals within the metropolis. Attempt the smoked wings, the pork hash or the Cuban sandwich on the patio out again or out entrance within the eating district. When you’re low on funds, 4 Quarter provides 7-ounce Miller Excessive Life ponies for 75 cents. There’s nothing fairly like the flavour of discount beer on a patio with buddies after not seeing them for a 12 months. 415 Major St.

Flyway Brewing 

The success of Flyway’s “Tent Metropolis,” two parallel rows of tented tables lining its parking zone alongside West Fourth and Maple streets, was the inspiration for the Argenta Downtown Council to take the thought of an leisure district — emphasizing the liberty to stroll round with a drink in hand — and rebrand it as an outside eating district. 314 Maple St.

Brood & Barley

Brood & Barley, Flyway’s sister restaurant, opened final 12 months when eating places have been working beneath Section 1 directives permitting simply 33 % capability. A 12 months later, the restaurant’s going robust and simply opened its model new patio behind the restaurant. Partially lined by a roof with string lights, there’s a number of four-top tables and a row of cubicles that line an elegant rock wall. 411 Major St.

Brian Chilson
Brood & Barley’s new patio.


Cypress Social

Jim Keet’s vacation spot restaurant, Cypress Social, opened final August within the former Cock of the Stroll area, and has a tri-level deck that overlooks the lake behind the constructing. Tables have additionally been added to the courtyard adjoining to the constructing. 7103 Cock of the Stroll Lane.


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