Eastern Flames sushi restaurant, 7710 Cantrell, has closed. Meanwhile, owner Dong Lee plans to open Seoul, a Korean restaurant with sushi offerings, in the old Satellite Cafe location in the Heights possibly by the end of the week. Lee, who owned Hanaroo downtown before opening Eastern Flames, is of Korean heritage. Before moving to Little Rock, he owned three different restaurants in Austin, Texas, that served Korean and Japanese fare, so Seoul, which will serve bibimbap, Korean barbecue and sweet potato-based noodles, is a return to his restaurant roots.
Lee said he expects his hours to be 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. He'll close on Sunday.
Palio's Pizza Cafe is now open at 3 Rahling Circle in The Village at Rahling Road. A Dallas-based chain with around 30 franchises, the restaurant separates itself from its competition through its dough, according to co-owner Syed Jamal: Palio's makes its dough fresh twice, sometimes three times a day, then they hand-toss it and stretch it over a screen. The result is a crust that is neither thick nor thin, Jamal said.
The restaurant serves beer and wine. For now at least, it opens at 11 a.m. daily. Jamal said his closing time will depend on customers. The phone number is 501-821-0055. The restaurant's website is www.palioslittlerock.com, but a Facebook page currently has more information.
n Times publisher Alan Leveritt and A&E editor Lindsey Millar will provide the entertainment at the next dinner/fundraiser for The Root Cafe, the local foods-oriented restaurant going in the old Sweden Creme location on South Main. The dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, will preview the cafe's homemade bratwurst and vegetarian bahn mi. The program will cover the history of the Times.