Rumbles: Another Round Closes, YaYa’s Hires Executive Chef, Big Orange Craft Beer Honor


Local restaurant and music venue Another Round Pub has closed its doors for good. The restaurant’s owners posted on Facebook this week, thanking fans and informing customers about their decision. Another Round opened in 2014 in the Rock Creek Square Plaza shopping center in the space that once housed La Villa.

Yaya’s Euro Bistro at The Promenade at Chenal has promoted Patrick Buchanan to its executive chef position. Buchanan started cooking eight years ago at the University of Kansas before working at The Oread Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas. He worked at the Yaya’s location in Kansas City before he was transferred to Little Rock more than two years ago. Buchanan takes the spot vacated by Elliot Jones, who is now the executive chef at the Yaya’s location in Denver.

Big Orange Midtown has been named been craft beer bar in Arkansas by readers of CraftBeer, the online publication of the Brewers Association. Big Orange was nominated by several readers who listed the restaurant’s dedication to lesser-known brews and innovative events planned around craft beer as some of the reasons for their votes. More than 9,000 people altogether voted in the poll.


Forty Two is planning a special wine dinner for next month. On March 9, chef Gilbert Aliquinez will pair five courses with wines from Robert Mondavi Winery in California. Tickets to the event are $100 each and are only available over the phone. You can get yours by calling 501-537-0042 during normal business hours.

Dillon Garcia, bar manager at The Pizzeria at Terry’s Finer Foods, has started his own side business in the beverage world. Arkansas Mixology Associates offers bar consulting, staff training, menu development and other professional services. Garcia is also available for private events, including weddings and parties. More information is available on the Arkansas Mixology Associates Facebook page.

Brisket Dinner with Lost Forty Brewing. Rock City Eats is partnering with Lost Forty Brewing to present the 3 Brisket Brewhouse Dinner on March 16. The dinner will feature three different briskets in different styles created by Chefs Scott McGehee, Ken Dempsey, and Matt Bell, along with sides and some exclusive beers from Lost Forty. Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow, or if you want early access to what will be a sold out event  you can join our email list by 2pm today.

Fourquarter Bar is now open in Argenta. Our own Becca Bona took a First Look at the new restaurant and music venue.

Speaking of “new,” Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches is the latest to join Central Arkansas’ food truck scene. Check out these ridiculous portion sizes.

Congratulations to chef Matthew McClure of The Hive in Bentonville on his third consecutive semifinalist selection for Best Chef in the South by the James Beard Foundation.

Finally, we kicked off our brand new Origins series with a look at the history of The Oyster Bar in Stifft Station.


February 26th 4th Friday in SoMa – New this year, the fourth Friday of every month will feature businesses in the South Main district staying open later and offering specials for customers. The event starts at 4 p.m. and goes until at least 8 p.m. At least a dozen businesses are participating.

February 27th “ArkanSO” Craft Beer Dinner – SO Restaurant and Bar is creating a five-course dinner paired with six craft beers for a special evening. Make sure to call to make your reservation. 501-663-1464

March 5 Putt Putt Pub Crawl benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas – The Putt Putt Pub Crawl will take place in the in the River Market on March 5th from noon until 4. Nine River Market bars will have putt putt holes in their establishments along with Dos Equis drink specials. Entry is $25 a player and includes an event t-shirt, koozy and sunglasses. Sign up here.

March 10th Tiki Night at Trio’s – Trio’s Restaurant will host Tiki night featuring craft Tiki cocktails,pupus and other island themed treats, special musical guests and prizes for most fun costumes. Cost will be $30 and will require reservations (available soon) in the Trio’s Pavilion from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

March 12th ICSA St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Dugan’s Block Party – Beginning at 1 p.m., enjoy the 17th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, sponsored by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas. The Dugan’s block party will follow immediately afterward.

March 15th Rock City Tailgate at Gary Hogan Field – We are gathering some of Little Rock’s finest food trucks to watch the Little Rock Trojans take on the UCA Bears in baseball.

March 16th Three Brisket Dinner – We are partnering with Lost Forty with Lost Forty Brewing for a unique brisket and beer dinner. The dinner features three different styles of briskets from chefs Matt Bell, Ken Dempsey, and Scott McGehee.

April 1st 19th Annual Food & Foam Fest – Annually one of the state’s best beer festivals, this year’s Food & Foam Fest will feature samplings from 350 craft beers from Arkansas and around the country. Tickets are already on sale.

April 2nd 8th Annual B Street Rib Off – This fantastic competition will be the biggest yet, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society of Central Arkansas. Early bird registration is open until March 4th.

April 2nd Inaugural PK Grills Steak Cook-Off – The event is open to anybody with a PK Grill, steak and $89 for the entry fee. Space is limited, be sure to reserve your spot in the competition soon.


Take a look at the February specials from Trio’s Restaurant here. Trio’s has a number of featured items that look fantastic, including a San Francisco cioppino and a tri-tip chimichurri.

Yellow Rocket restaurant are offering a special dish in February at the following locations:

  • Big Orange – Frito Chili Pie Burger and Lucie’s Shake
  • Local Lime – King Crab and Shrimp Enchiladas with Poblano Pepper Sauce
  • ZAZA – Fiji Apple and Endive Salad


Rumbles: Another Round Closes, YaYa’s Hires Executive Chef, Big Orange Craft Beer Honor