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Curry in a Hurry opens

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Curry in a Hurry, at 1800 Pike Ave. in North Little Rock, had its grand opening on Nov. 11. The restaurant is a tiny, home-style Indian affair, owned by the same family that operates the adjoining convenience store. Sahil Hameerani runs the restaurant, and his father does the cooking.

All food is cooked fresh on-site, and Hameerani is currently working on a combo menu. A single meal ranges from $10 to $15. The phone number is 753-4400.

Holiday spirit thrives at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack where, till Jan. 1, 2012, adventurous chicken and music lovers can sample pumpkin battered fingers with Cranberry Voodoo Sauce. The Smashing Pumpkin Fingerz, an obvious reference to Stickyz's other specialty, breaks an eight-year dearth of new Stickyz chicken finger flavors.

After witnessing the success of kitchen incubators in towns with similar demographics such as Florence, Ala., and Athens, Ohio, the city of West Memphis has developed plans to revitalize the depressed Arkansas Delta by building its own 6,000-square-foot kitchen incubator.

Kitchen incubators are licensed facilities that lease time to local entrepreneurs, such as caterers and packaged food manufacturers. Currently Arkansas producers of jams and jellies, dips and other local foodstuffs found in regional gift shops and tourist centers often travel to eastern Tennessee and northern Alabama to create their wares. Sometimes local food entrepreneurs use their personal kitchens, violating health codes and making them vulnerable to expensive fines. The kitchen incubator will offer an affordable, licensed facility to entrepreneurs who can't afford to build a private facility. Delta Cuisine, the nonprofit behind the project, also plans to provide training in basic business finances and product marketing and promotion.

Construction will be fast-tracked, with a proposed opening date at the end of 2012. In addition to Arkansas, the incubator will serve southern Missouri and Memphis.

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