Midtown Billiards, Three Sams BBQ reopening; new Freddy’s location

Midtown Billiards owner Maggie Hinson tells Arkansas Online she plans to reopen the bar, billiards and burger joint, 1316 Main St., Little Rock, by the beginning of June. Three-fourths of the restoration work on the establishment, gutted by a Sept. 19 fire, was complete as of May 4, reports Arkansas Online’s Brandon Riddle. Hinson says the bar area is in progress, the ceiling is in place and bathrooms have been installed; kitchen equipment installation should be finished by the end of this week. Hinson says patrons should expect the same raffish atmosphere the place achieved over more than 40 years in its current location; part of the bar setup involves removing some of its newness and “aging” it to something closer to its antique character.

And speaking of post-fire recoveries, we’re no closer to getting an actual target date for the re-opening of Three Sams BBQ and Catering, 10508 Mann Road, Mabelvale, which has been rebuilding after a March 2016 fire, but this May 5 Facebook post indicates that it’s perhaps not so far off: “We are getting closer every day to reopening!! Thank you all again, for your CONSTANT support and encouragement. Believe me, NO ONE will be happier to reopen than the Three Sams family.” Co-owner Annette Jones has in the interim been selling barbecue sandwiches, barbecue-stuffed potatoes and desserts out of the Three Sams’ catering truck in the parking lot, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. The listed number is (501) 407-0345.

Chef Andre Poirot tells us he is no longer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 201 S. Shackleford Road in west Little Rock. We have no other details. Poirot had been the award-winning executive chef at the former Peabody Hotel before it became the Little Rock Marriott, and before that was executive chef for Begue’s Restaurant at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. A native of the Alsatian ski resort community of Cornimont in France, he earned his toque at the same culinary school as Denis…

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