Rumbles: Arkansas Burger Co. Looks Closed, David’s Burgers Bryant is Open, Big Orange/Local Lime Rogers Details

Today’s Rumbles feature is all about the burger scene in the Natural State, starting with the apparent closure of Arkansas Burger Co. on Cantrell Road. I say “apparent” because the company hasn’t answered any phone calls, emails or Facebook messages to confirm, but the restaurant has been closed for around a month now. It had closed two months ago due to an unspecified “health emergency,” but with the lack of recent activity, it’s pretty safe to say that this closure is permanent. Arkansas Burger Co. opened back in 2000 and has been featured in national publications like Southern Living.

Folks in Bryant finally have their very own David’s Burgers. The location on the I-30 access road just west of Reynolds Road rolled out its opening last week and is now fully open for regular business hours. This particular location had a brief delay as the general manager and his family welcomed a newborn to their family. This marks the ninth David’s Burgers location according to the company’s website. A tenth location is in the works at another spot in Conway.

Yellow Rocket Concepts is just about to make its Northwest Arkansas debut with the opening next month of Big Orange at Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. Chef and owner Scott McGehee will be traveling back and forth over the next month and a half getting the restaurant ready and training staff members on the menu. Once Big Orange opens, Yellow Rocket will turn its attention to a new Local Lime location, also at Pinnacle Hills Promenade. McGehee tells me this will be the largest concept yet (unless you count the brewery space at Lost Forty), with 7,500 square feet of space, a bar twice as large as the one at Big Orange Midtown, and a private dining area that can be closed off and seat 100 people. The new Local Lime almost certainly won’t be ready until some time next year.


Downtown Little Rock is getting a locally owned sports bar. The owner of Club Level on Main Street has closed his club and will be reopening next month as Brewski’s Pub and Grill. The logo of the new restaurant has already been painted high on the building and is visible for several blocks. Club Level moved from University Ave. to Main Street in 2013 before much of anything was located in the area. Now it’s home to Bruno’s Little Italy, Samantha’s, Soulfish Café, and soon to Ira’s and A.W. Lin’s.

Thanks to you and to the Little Rock food community, around $30,000 was raised Monday at the Friends and Ben event to help pay for medical treatment for Ben Edwards. Read all about the event and our thank you to everyone here.

Believe it or not, there’s a lot you haven’t done yet in experiencing Little Rock’s food scene. Here’s our list of 20 under-the-radar activities you should add to your bucket list today.


  • March 22 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    430Thursday: Plum Season – Plum Saison

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s time to PUCKER UP and POUR IT DOWN! Our PLUM SAISON is a Farmhouse style ale aged and re-fermented with plums. The plums in this beer add a sweetness that softens the edges and enhances the fruity and funky qualities of the beer. With PATIO SEASON in full swing, ...

  • March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night at Flyway Brewing Co.

    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, March 27th, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some ...

  • March 31 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Rebel Kettle Growler USA Tap Invasion

    at Growler USA

    REBEL KETTLE MAKES ITS WAY TO ROGERS!! Join us at Growlers USA, Saturday, March 31st, at 4pm, for a Tap Invasion and the opportunity to meet our brewing team, Josh, John and staff. Opened in February of last year, Growler USA Rogers is dedicated to pouring 100 percent American-made craft ...

  • April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Beer Yoga

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    Beer Yoga is back, people! And just in time to help kick off the Rebel Kettle anniversary party! Meet us in the beer garden for some yoga, beer, and good times! Then, stick around after class for the rest of the fun events that Rebel Kettle has planned that day! ...

  • April 7 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Beer & Loathing in Little Rock

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s time to come help us celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary with our SECOND ANNUAL BEER & LOATHING IN LITTLE ROCK Music and Craft Beer Festival!! We are kicking off the day with the return of BEER YOGA by Cheers and Namaste Yoga at 10 am. The rest of the ...

  • April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Mudbugs & Bears


    Join us Saturday, April 7 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for Mudbugs and Bears at Buffalo Alumni Hall before the Purple-Gray spring football game. Tickets are $15 and include crawfish and the fixings catered by Eat My Catfish and beverages from Flyway Brewing.

  • April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Food & FoamFest

    at Dickey-Stephens Park

    Food & Foam Fest is a creative twist to the traditional wine tasting event and is a beer sampling event offering samples of over 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs.

  • 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...


Yellow Rocket Concepts has unveiled its specials for the month of September:

  • Big Orange: Hatch Burger with hatch green chiles and bacon, and Bananas Foster Milkshake
  • Local Lime: Spicy Hatch Green Chile Queso Flameado
  • Zaza: Muffuletta Pizza and Pear and Prosciutto Salad with pecans and blue cheese

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a fresh fish entree. The risotto of the week is made with toasted prosciutto.


Rumbles: Arkansas Burger Co. Looks Closed, David’s Burgers Bryant is Open, Big Orange/Local Lime Rogers Details