Vieux Carre, the Hillcrest Bistro adjoined with the Afterthought, is now offering off-site catering. Chef David Bennett says he's already picked up a number of gigs, from office lunches to a rehearsal dinner for a 100-plus, just by word of mouth. Bennett says anything is up for grabs, including a custom menu. Arrangements can be made at 663-1196.
Last week, a Planet Smoothie franchise opened on 4621 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock. The smoothie franchise already had operations on 102A Markham Park Drive and 6708 Kenwood in Little Rock.
The first New York, NY Fresh Deli franchise to come to Arkansas has opened at 302 N. Shackleford. The menu, as you'd expect, offers all types of sandwiches, including stand-bys like pastrami and Swiss, and something called “The Bronx Bomber,” that we'll surely be sampling — corned beef, pastrami and provolone on an Italian roll. The deli is open from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.