Rumbles: African Restaurant Opening Soon, Poke Hula Now Open, La Terraza ‘Mojito Mania’

It’s hard to believe, but Central Arkansas is finally getting an authentic African restaurant. Kontiki African Restaurant is set to hold its grand opening on Sunday, Jan. 21, in Alexander on Highway 111. Kontiki is owned by Christian Domingo, an immigrant from Sierra Leone who has lived in Arkansas for nearly two decades. Domingo is passionate about African food and culture, and needless to say I’m thrilled to try what he has to offer. Kontiki will specialize in West African cuisine, so expect plenty dishes based on tomato and chili peppers. Peanuts and meats are also very common, so make sure to let your waiter know if you have any dietary restrictions. The food scene Central Arkansas has sorely lacked any African influence. Here’s hoping Kontiki can successfully fill that void.

Speaking of new influences in Little Rock, the first of two Hawaiian poke restaurants is now open. Poke Hula is holding its soft opening week right now at its location on 3rd Street. It’s in the same spot that used to be the home to Brown Sugar Bakeshop and, more recently, Taco Beer Burrito with Blue Canoe Brewing Company. Check out Poke Hula all this week between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m., and make sure to check back here tomorrow for our first look at the restaurant. And coming soon to 6th Street is Ohia Poké, in the location that used to be home to Lulav and The Veg, LLC. Ohia Poké has held a couple of soft opening events, but so far has not announced when it will hold its grand opening. Poke is a traditional Hawaiian dish featuring marinated raw fish, rice and a host of other fresh ingredients, like soybeans and avocado.

It’s no secret that we at Rock City Eats are huge fans of La Terraza Rum & Lounge, particularly the Venezuelan restaurant’s stellar mojito menu. If you haven’t had the chance yet to enjoy La Terraza’s mojitos, this coming Tuesday is your day. From 5:45 until 11 p.m., La Terraza is holding what it’s calling “Mojito Mania.” For $10, you’ll get to sample several of the restaurant’s mojitos, and you’ll even get to try a flavor La Terraza hasn’t put on the menu before. For $10, this is pretty much a no-brainer. La Terraza is in Hillcrest on Kavanaugh Boulevard in the former Acadia location.

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After spending much of 2017 working on getting a coffee trailer ready, Adventure Coffee Co. has announced it is shelving plans of opening its business. The company did several events this past spring and summer, including a pop-up at Domestic Domestic in the Heights. However, owner Mike Winslow said in a Facebook post that this is not the right time for him to open up. Winslow is now resuming work on Diamond State Coffee, a pet project detailing independent coffee shops and coffee history in Arkansas.

And it’s not something we usually report on here, but we know this news will matter to many of you: Yuengling is just one week away from making its Arkansas debut. The country’s oldest brewery will be on tap in Arkansas restaurants and bars later this month, and in bottles and cans some time in February. Yuengling’s flagship lager has gained somewhat of a cult following in Arkansas; its malty flavor profile and very generous price point have had many driving across the river into Tennessee to bring back trunks full of beer. Yuengling is distributed in Central Arkansas by Glazer’s Distributors of Arkansas.

Events

  • January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    LIVE Music: Mark Currey

    at Core Public House – North Little Rock Argenta

    Early show. No Cover. Solo acoustic music, great food, and fine Arkansas Craft Beers!

  • January 23 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

    National Pie Day with Honey Pies

    at Honey Pies Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

    Our favorite day of the year is Tuesday, January 23rd: National Pie Day!! Don’t be left out, pre-order your whole pie or pop in for a mini pie and celebrate Pie Day with us. We’ll be hosting a “check-in” Facebook contest all day at the bakery for a chance to ...

  • January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night

    at Flyway Brewing

    Join us for game night at Flyway Brewing’s tasting room! Game Goblins, your friendly local game store, will be providing unique, fun games of all types. Come on by from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesday, January 23rd, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some ...

  • January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Kat Robinson’s ‘Another Slice of Arkansas Pie’ pre-order party

    at Honey Pies Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

    Our favorite author & Queen of Arkansas Pie, Kat Robinson, is working on a new book for our collection and we couldn’t be more pleased! Join us on National Pie Day for a pop-in reception in Kat’s honor including pie story-telling pie sampling & a pie-themed cocktail provided by o...

  • January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest

    at Next Level Events

    Our 5th annual pro-am contest to crown the official beer of the LRKA – Little Rock Kickball Association! We will be raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas again this year. Tickets available now! $25 General Admission: includes hor d’oeuvres, samples from contestan...

  • January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Little Rock Soup Sunday 2018

    at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

    Ask anyone – Little Rock Soup Sunday is one of THE MOST FUN events in Central Arkansas! The atmosphere is “souper” casual and family-friendly, the food is always delicious, and the cause most important – the future of Arkansas’s kids. The Wally Allen Ballroom will be lined with...

  • February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Italian Wine Dinner

    at Ristorante Capeo

    Travel to the northern province of Piedmont, Italy without leaving Arkansas! Chef Eric Isaac will prepare four courses with special wine pairings that will transport you to the foothills of the Italian Alps. Come feast with friends to benefit our 2018 Nonprofit Partner (to be announced on Jan 9th). ...

  • April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Diamond Chef Arkansas

    at UA – Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute

    The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Tech Technical College Foundation and the UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI) present the premier culinary competition and fundraiser—Diamond Chef Arkansas. Diamond Chef Arkansas is a competitive culinary competition that pit...

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  • Keith Gaines

    I am looking forward to some authentic African food. Hopefully they aren’t like that poor excuse for a Caribbean restaurant that opened in LR a few years back. Finally something different in Central LR.

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Rumbles: African Restaurant Opening Soon, Poke Hula Now Open, La Terraza ‘Mojito Mania’