Rumbles: Acadia Closes, Flavor of India About to Open

Flavor of India, located at 11121 N. Rodney Parham Rd, Suite-40B, is having its Grand Opening on July 9 at 11 a.m. As a lover of Indian food, I’m very excited Little Rock is adding another restaurant to an already excellent list that includes Taj Mahal, Star of India, Desi Den, and Banana Leaf food truck.

Greg Henderson has the news on the Acadia closure. It’s obviously sad news, but let’s hope someone comes in and does great things with the space. In my opinion, it’s one of the most prime locations in all of Little Rock.

Rock Town Distillery is offering a whiskey tasting on Friday, July 10 at 6 p.m. “The night starts with a brief distillery tour with our Founder and Head Distiller Phil Brandon, followed by a guided sit-down tasting with four exceptional Rock Town whiskeys, paired with local cheeses and meats: 5th Anniversary 4 year old Bourbon Whiskey, our new 3 year old Bourbon Whiskey, 4 Grain Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey, Single Barrel Reserve Rye Whiskey-Cask Strength. Space is limited!! Click here to make reservations.”


Local neighborhood nano-brewery Stone’s Throw Brewing plans to celebrate its second birthday with The Block on Rock Birthday Bash on August 1 from 3-10 p.m. (commemorating the opening of the onsite taproom to the public on August 1, 2013). “Approximately 1200 people—-four times as many as expected—-attended the first Block on Rock in 2014. This year additional street space is being added to accommodate the crowds, even more food trucks will set up, and other breweries and distilleries from around Arkansas will be featured. Admission and Stone’s Throw sales will benefit Preserve Arkansas, while proceeds from guest breweries will help support the Arkansas Brewers Guild. The event will continue to be held annually on the first Saturday in August.”

The Arkansas Brewers Fest is set for July 18 from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Arkansas State Fair. There will be sample brews from around the Natural State at this fundraiser for the Arkansas Brewers Guild. Regular admission (includes entry and 10 sample tickets) is $9.99 during online pre-sale and $15 at the gate. VIP admission (includes entry, 25 sample tickets, and souvenir tasting glass) is $19.99 during online pre-sale and $30 at the gate. Free, secure parking available within the Arkansas State Fair complex and food will be available for purchase.

FRESH An Urban Eatery is off to a nice start. Let’s hope for more good things to come.

Please check out Becca Bona’s awesome article on The Urban Food Loop.

The LRCVB is running a sweepstakes to give away four summer vacation packages designed to appeal to both out-of-town visitors and residents of the Little Rock area. Themed prize packages include: “Family Fun” Package: June 1 – June 19; “Presidential Pathways” Package: June 22 – July 10; “Little Rock Libations” Foodie Package: July 13 – July 31; “Dinner and a Show/Downtown Date Night” Package: Aug. 3 – Aug. 21. For more details, click here.

Did someone say bacon? It’s never too early to start dreaming about the Little Rock Bacon Fest.

Be sure to check out the cool upcoming lineup of cooking classes at Eggshells. Chef Matt Bell is making brunch on July 18 and Sarah Eaton DeClerk of Ann Potter Baking shows you how to do some killer cookie decorating with her class on July 23.

Loblolly Creamery, located inside the Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain at 1423 Main Street, will host an Ice Cream Happy Hour on July 9 from 5-7 p.m. featuring handcrafted sodas, ice cream and boozy floats using Rock Town spirits, and a portion of the sales will benefit Thea Foundation. “All ages are invited to the happy hour, and kids and adults are invited to decorate the sidewalks with chalk. During the month of July, Loblolly Creamery will serve a special flavor in honor of Thea Foundation. The seasonal Blueberry Pie ice cream is a decadent treat made with real blueberries and swirled with chunks of pie crust. Ten percent of the sales of this flavor all through July will benefit Thea Foundation, and 10% of the total sales at the Loblolly Creamery Happy Hour July 9 will benefit Thea. Everyone who joins us at the Ice Cream Happy Hour is invited to enter a free raffle to win a pint of Blueberry Pie ice cream.”

A special market and festival is coming to Bernice Garden on July 2. “A Very Veggie Fourth of July” will be free and open to the public and will serve to celebrate Little Rock’s vibrant and varied food culture. The festival aims to inspire both vegetarians and omnivores alike by showcasing fun, local, vegetarian dishes to serve at their 4th of July celebrations. Vendors include: Stone’s Throw Brewing, Kent Walker Cheese, The Veg LLC, Soulfood Catering, Box Pupoli, Pup Eats Treats and Geri’s Jellies. Find out more on the event’s Facebook page.


Rumbles: Acadia Closes, Flavor of India About to Open