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Little Rock, Big Food: Hillcrest welcomes Kemuri


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Brian Kearns, executive chef at Kemuri, Arthur's Prime Steakhouse and Ocean's at Arthur's, stopped by THV11 Saturday morning to talk about Kemuri, which just opened in Hillcrest.

Kemuri is a Japanese restaurant that specializes in a grilling style called robata, a technique that uses an open charcoal fire to cook proteins, such as chicken, shrimp and scallops. It creates a unique flavor that's inherently Japanese but will really appeal to people who like American grilling. The restaurant also creates sushi dishes, using recipes created by Ocean's sushi chef Alex Guzman.

Kearns previously worked in St. Louis before helping open YaYa's Euro Bistro in Little Rock.

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Little Rock Restaurant Month: Cojita's Mexican Grill


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – All month long, we're celebrating Little Rock Restaurant Month and show casing the very best of Little Rock's cuisine.

Saturday morning, we interviewed Alejandro Alverez; Leo Alverez, Jr.; and Leonardo Alvarez, Sr.; of Cojita's Mexican Grill.

The restaurant is offering a free small cheese dip with the purchase of an entrée. Don't forget to ask your server about LRRM specials! Since Cojita's came onto our shows late in the month, they said they are offering their specials to anyone who comes in their restaurant next week and says they saw them on Channel 11.

Cojita's Mexican Grill

406 S. Louisiana St.
Little Rock, AR
(501) 371-0733


Enjoy Jazz in the Park at Riverfront


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Jazz in the Park is returning to Little Rock for part two of the second season.

This free event happens on Wednesday nights in September from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park, just west of the First Security Amphitheatre. (In case of rain, West Pavilion will be the alternate location).

Check out the schedule below (If you are on the mobile version of our website, you can find a music sample from Rodney Block on our desktop site.):

Bikers stranded with flats after tacks are thrown on trail


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Joseph Utter and his sons bike for fun, that was until recently. Utter says, "Makes me a little more cautious definitely want to check beneath the wheels before we go down anything fast."

Bikers traveling near Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Two Rivers Park report repeated dumping of thousands of upholstery tacks along popular routes.

"It really pisses me off," David Hodge explains. Hodge is an avid biker and is disturbed by the news of tacks being trickled along the trails he rides every day. "That's just, ya know, petty," he continues. Hodge says it is an ago old rivalry, bikers versus drivers. Hodge says, "It's been like that forever. Everybody's in a hurry to get somewhere real quick, ya know, they're just not wanting to share the road."

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City closes down apartment complex


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Residents of the Willow Creek Apartment complex were shocked to learn that they have one week to vacate their homes. City officials notified residents on Thursday evening that the complex did not meet several codes and the property would need to shut down.

"And he said 'you have 7 days," said resident Simone Myles. "I said 'You are kidding me!'" He said 'No I'm not kidding, this is for real."

The notice cited dozens of code violations as the reasoning. Everything from electrical to plumbing to structural violations. Property Manager Mark Greene is now scrambling to make sure everyone is informed that they have to be out by Sept. 5.

"They said 'we was a nuisance the community'," Greene said. "But we have no violations, no life safety here at Willow Creek, no nothing."

Greene said the apartments are simply in need of repairs and were set to be remodeled soon.

Police investigating double homicide in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK. Ark, (KTHV)- Police have identified the victims that died in a Little Rock house fire on Thursday night. David Murphy and Charity Hall were found on the 2600th block of South Spring Street. Police are ruling the deaths a double homicide but have not released the details.

"Both of the bodies had burn injuries," said Lt. Glenn King, homicide commander of the Little Rock Police Department. "That's where it was determined they had other damages to them that lead us to believe it to be a homicide."

Some neighbors were woken up in the middle of the night by firefighters.

"It was around one o'clock in the morning," said Tristan Irving. They were asking if we heard anything or if we saw anything."

He said events like this just don't happen. "Nothing is worth anybody's life, we're already dealing with too much stuff going on."

Science with Sarah: Science gives us a leaf peeper preview


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Although the heat doesn't feel like it, you can tell fall is close since school is back in session and pumpkin products are hitting the shelves.

In today's Science with Sarah, we get an expert preview into the autumn colors we can expect.

The new season is right around the corner, and while most Arkansans wonder what kind of weather is ahead of us, the outlook for the foliage is promising.

Fall colors will be bursting before you know it, but it's summer's weather that is giving foliage a hopeful forecast.

"A cool wet summer means happy trees, and they're really growing a lot this year, lots of leaves, you can kind of see that everything is nice and intently green."

Tamara Walkingstick is an associate professor of forestry, and she says the sufficient rain has been crucial this season.