NOLA restaurants plan Fayetteville debut, Rogers’ Pinky Swear, and other NWA food news

The New Orleans fast-casual health food restaurant plans to expand into downtown Fayetteville next year.

Dylan Maisel, founder and owner of The Daily Beet, said he moved to the area with his family in August and plans to open in the spring of 2024. The Ice House building at 339 N. West Ave. Construction is expected to begin in the second half of 2023, he said in an email.

Maisel first started the company, named JuiceNOLA, about seven years ago with a bicycle juice cart. The New Orleans operation has since expanded to two brick-and-mortar stores and will continue to operate after the Fayetteville store opens, Maisel said.

The New Orleans store’s menu includes brunch and breakfast items such as breakfast tacos and banana oatmeal pancakes, as well as salads, bowls, smoothies and cold-pressed juices, according to the company’s website.

“The Fayetteville location is going to be great. I feel a lot of people are thinking more about their health and what goes into their bodies. “I’m thrilled to be able to do that,” he wrote.

Pinky Swear

Pinky Swear, a new “hi-fi record bar” in 1907 downtown Rogers’ Hairroom, opened last week.

Patrons stop by the second floor of the 1907-built building at 101 E. Walnut St. Foreman’s former home – listen to records on the stereo, and enjoy cocktails, natural wines, beer, non-alcoholic drinks, You can enjoy bar food. The heirloom kitchen team.

Temporary opening hours for the new hangout are 5-10pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 5-11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. No reservation required.


The last few weeks have seen quite a bit of news about restaurants in Northwest Arkansas. Here’s a sampling:

Chuzos Sabor Latino recently opened at the University’s Fayetteville Yacht Club. The food truck specializes in meat kebabs, known as “chuzos” or “pintxos” in certain regions of Latin America, but also serves sandwiches and churros. Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM; Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 9 PM.

Arsaga’s recently opened a new shop in a new studio and design center at the University of Arkansas. In Fayetteville he is the sixth coffee company. The so-called Artsaga’s Café is a collaboration with art schools that offers students the opportunity to design and create dishes, mugs, menus and more for their restaurants. is open to the public.

Fort Worth-based pizza and game chain Mr. Gatti’s Pizza plans to open stores in Bentonville, Fayetteville and Fort Smith, according to the company’s website. Over the next six years, we plan to expand with 17 new locations in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Gatti has over 130 restaurants open or under development in his 12 states, according to the release.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill will be part of a mixed-use development anchored at future Whole Foods in uptown Rogers. Giving an energetic twist to the grill, Firebirds has signed a lease for space within the so-called Pinnacle Springs development. The restaurant’s menu includes seared steak and seafood. The development is located on the northeast corner of Promenade Boulevard and New Hope Road.

Stay tuned next week for restaurant news across Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. Have any stores recently opened or closed near you? Do your favorite spots have new menu items? Email [email protected]

The Daily Beat, a “mostly plant-based restaurant” in New Orleans, is set to open next year at 339 N. West Ave in Unit 105 of the Icehouse Building. (Courtesy photo/The Daily Beat)