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Big Orange heading to Midtown

Posted by Lindsey Millar on Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Big Orange special steak and potato burger image
  • Via Big Orange's Facebook page
  • Big Orange special steak and potato burger

Big Orange special steak and potato burger image
  • Via Big Orange's Facebook page
  • Big Orange special steak and potato burger

For all those burger-lovers who live in downtown or midtown to whom driving out to the Promenade at Chenal feels like driving to Conway, good news: Big Orange, the immensely popular West Little Rock burger joint, is expanding to the east. John Beachboard, a partner, alongside Scott McGehee and Herren Hickingbotham, of a burgeoning restaurant group that also includes Local Lime and ZaZa (which Beachboard and McGehee own alone), confirms that the long negotiations over space along Markham and University (which we first reported on back in July 2012) have concluded. A second Big Orange is slated in the former space of Relax the Back in the open air shopping complex Midtowne Little Rock sometime early this summer.

Beachboard said the Midtowne location would have more seating than the West Little Rock location with a similar all-weather patio set-up as Local Lime. They'll aim for a family friendly vibe, but, Beachboard said, they're hoping to have a vibrant bar crowd, too. To that end, they'll have 16 to 20 speciality beers on tap, and they hope to be the first restaurant in the state to offer wine on draft, casks of house red and house white that're changed constantly (draft wine is more eco friendly and fresher, according to Beachboard; it's also really trendy).

John's brother, Matt Beachboard, currently overseeing operations at the West Little Rock Big Orange, will likely take on management of both restaurants, John Beachboard said. In full disclosure, Matt Beachboard is my brother-in-law.

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yay! this Kingwood resident is excited. also hope the burgers will start out juicy (like they did at the original Big Orange) but actually stay that way!

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Posted by kateicl on 01/04/2013 at 6:38 PM

Davids Burgers destroys all. Plus they are only $6

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Posted by arkansas panic fan on 01/05/2013 at 8:16 AM

good comment on the burgers. last big orange burger i had was clearly something that was started on a grill then placed in an oven for an exteneded period of time. no char, it was like it was poached. very disappointing. noticed the same pattern at zaza - starts great but then attention to details suffer.

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Posted by billy bob on 01/05/2013 at 10:58 AM

Like David's, yet jacked about big orange closer to mid town. Bring it on and even more.

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Posted by yapperjohn on 01/05/2013 at 11:04 AM

@Bob Franklin- any chance that you paid with cash? In my experience, sometimes that happens due to the server not having perfect change. In the end of the night when they settle up with their tips it all evens out. So in that situation, the restaurant isn't cheating you $0.37, consider that a start to your server's tip.

Posted by walker22 on 06/26/2013 at 4:10 PM

Gotta agree with Bob Franklin. That's a bad business policy and should not be allowed.

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Posted by pandapro on 06/26/2013 at 10:04 PM
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