Rumbles: Bruno’s Deli Delayed, Brown Sugar Sells at Outlets, Brunch at Blue Canoe


As we first reported on our Facebook page Tuesday, the grand opening for Bruno’s Deli downtown has been delayed. Owner Gio Bruno tells us the holiday weekend and some other factors made moving into the space on time impossible. He is now targeting next week for the opening, though the specific day has not yet been announced. When it opens, Bruno’s Deli will serve the lunch crowds with a menu of Italian soups, sandwiches and salads, as well as Italian grocery items like pasta, olives and cured meats.

Speaking of Bruno’s, the family is off on vacation and has closed Bruno’s Little Italy tonight and Thursday night. Bruno’s will reopen for Friday’s dinner service. Also this week, kBird in Hillcrest will only serve dinner this evening. The dinner special at kBird is the Pad Grapow served with holy basil grown in Arkansas.


Shoppers at Little Rock’s newest mall will be able to enjoy some freshly baked sweets on the weekend. Brown Sugar Bakeshop will be setting up its food trailer at The Outlets of Little Rock every Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Brown Sugar will sell a rolling assortment of cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pudding and cheesecake at The Outlets. It is open through the week at its North Little Rock location on JFK Boulevard.

Blue Canoe Brewing Company is getting in on the brunch wave sweeping through Little Rock. The nanobrewery is serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11 a.m. The menu includes Belgian waffle baskets and spent grain granola. Brunch is offered at both the taproom and Blue Canoe’s new Taco Beer Burrito, which is located next door to the brewery on 3rd Street.

Little Rock’s newest dessert food truck is growing up fast. We caught up with Mary Jo Sikkema to talk about the new Velvet Whisk Cheesecakery and what the truck has to offer.

One of the city’s most beloved bartenders is moving up in the world. We highlighted Jarrod Johnson’s new role with Yellow Rocket Concepts and what it means for fans of the company’s restaurants.


July 7th Food Truck Meet-Up – The regular truck meet at Good Earth Garden Center will feature Beast Food Truck, Katmandu Momo, Loblolly, Kincaid’s Coffee and more. The event goes from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

July 7th Jefferson’s Whiskey Dinner – Four-course dinner at South on Main featuring Jefferson’s whiskey. The price per person is $50. Tickets are still available by emailing

July 9th The Scoop at Eggshells Kitchen Co. – The only thing better than ice cream is ice cream you make yourself! Join Eggshells from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn all about making your favorite summer treat.

July 16th Tacos and Tianguis – This special fundraiser at Bernice Gardens will support El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center. Expect to find several taco varieties and plenty of Mexican-inspired desserts.

July 18th Bentonville No Kid Hungry Dinner – Yes, it’s pretty far away, but there are few causes more important than fighting child hunger. South on Main’s Matt Bell will join The Hive’s Matt McClure and many other great chefs for this important evening. Tickets are on sale here.

July 20th Rock City Eats Food Truckin’ Wednesday – Our monthly food truck meet-up at First United Methodist Church in Bryant. This month’s event features Beast, Hot Rod Wieners, Kincaid’s Coffee and more.

July 26th Stone’s Throw Brewing/Southern Gourmasian Beer Dinner – This time, the monthly beer dinner is partnering up with the Quapaw Quarter Association’s Summer Supper Series. Tickets are $50 and available here.

July 30th 2016 Block on Rock 3rd Birthday Bash – The annual block party celebration for Stone’s Throw Brewing’s birthday, this year’s event features musical talent The Big Dam Horns and The Smittle Band, in addition to a host of food trucks. The event is $5 to attend.


Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its monthly specials for July:

  • Big Orange: Fried Chicken Picnic Burger’wich, Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie and Key Lime Milkshake
  • Local Lime: Heirloom’dilla with Arkansas heirloom tomatoes and a Snickers Turtle Pie
  • Zaza: Heirloom Tomato and Roasted Eggplant Salad, Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, and various new gelato flavors

Kemuri this week is offering a Szechuan Glazed Salmon dinner entree.


Rumbles: Bruno’s Deli Delayed, Brown Sugar Sells at Outlets, Brunch at Blue Canoe