The Arkansas Department of Heritage has announced its 12 finalists for the inaugural induction to the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Among the notable names are Jones BBQ in Marianna, Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales in Lake Village, Bruno’s Little Italy and Sim’s Bar-B-Que. A panel will select three of the finalists for induction at a ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Ron Robinson Theater in downtown Little Rock. To be eligible for induction, the restaurant must have been open for at least 25 years and owned/operated in Arkansas for that time. Other categories include Proprietor of the Year, for which Trio’s Capi Peck and Yellow Rocket Concepts’ Scott McGehee are finalists, and Food-Themed Event, which includes the World Cheese Dip Championship and the Gillett Coon Supper.
Capers Restaurant on Cantrell Road is still recovering from a pipe burst earlier this year that forced the restaurant to close. The damage was so extensive that the ceiling and walls had to come down and be replaced, so Capers used the opportunity to overhaul the entire building. Capers has hired Angelfish Studios, who worked on the interior décor at The Pantry Crest, to help give a new look to the place. Nobody was hurt in the original incident. Capers hopes to have the renovation complete in the next few weeks.
Just down the road from Capers, The Main Cheese has celebrated its grand reopening under the ownership of The Clean Eatery’s Ryan Merritt-McGehee. The dining room has been redesigned, as has the menu, which now features healthier entrees and desserts from Dempsey Bakery and Honey Pies. This is the third time The Main Cheese has switched owners in its short history. Currently, it is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Merritt-McGehee tells me once the liquor license is approved, he will start a weekend brunch as well.
Mickey’s Cakes and Sweets has moved locations to one that will be more convenient for its clients. The bakery is now located in the Market Place Shopping Center, about a quarter of a mile from its previous location. Mickey’s is still taking orders for Valentine’s Day sweets, but you had better hurry if you want to get your cake or cookies on time.
A reminder for those who are craving Thai food right now that kBird is set to reopen on Monday after owner Richard Glasgow returns from his long trip to Thailand. If you haven’t been following kBird on social media the past month, you’ve been missing out. Glasgow has toured several towns and villages, and the food pictures he has posted should have you excited for next week to get here very soon.
And Central Arkansas is losing yet another food truck to the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Conway-based Roxy’s Twisted Sandwiches is packing up its business and heading to Texas later this month. Roxy’s follows The Pie Hole in departing Little Rock for the Dallas area. If you want to catch Roxy’s one more time, they will be set up at 8th and Main in downtown Little Rock for lunch on Feb. 17.
This week, Rock City Eats has been highlighting and celebrating black-owned businesses in Little Rock’s food scene. You can catch up on reading about the family legacy of K. Hall and Sons Produce, the against-the-odds success of Ceci’s Chicken and Waffles, and the bold vision behind The Veg, LLC. Check back with us tomorrow and Friday as we continue this series.
Valentine’s Day is less than a week away! If you haven’t made your dinner reservations yet, get on that now with our V-Day guide to Little Rock dining.
- March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Flyway Brewing
UPDATE: The Audu-Blonde Release has been moved to Wednesday, March 21. Audubon Arkansas and Flyway Brewing are partnering to celebrate our feathered friends AND the beer they inspire! Join us Wednesday March 21 for the 2018 release of Audu-Blonde Ale! Play some ‘Year of the (Arkansas) BirdR...
- March 22 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm 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 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 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 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 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 at
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 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.
Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of February:
- Big Orange – Frito Chili Pie Burger and Lucie’s Shake, which benefits the nonprofit Lucie’s Place
- Local Lime – Swordfish Fajitas with Tomato-Tequila Butter and Watermelon Radishes
- Zaza – Vietnamese Chicken Salad and Muffuletta Pizza
Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is Seared Scallops with Ratatouille. The risotto of the week is chicken and mushroom.