Rumbles: Bruno’s Deli to Open Monday, The Root Keeps on Building, La Terraza Rum Dinner


After a host of delays, Bruno’s Deli will finally open its doors for its grand opening on Monday, August 8. Gio Bruno tells me the health department gave its final ok two days ago, knocking down the last hurdle in getting the deli open. For the rest of the week, Bruno will finish hiring and training staff on the Italian sandwiches, soups and salads the restaurant will be selling. Starting Monday, Bruno’s Deli will be open Monday through Friday starting at 11 a.m.

Within the next two weeks, the final reclaimed shipping containers will arrive at The Root Café to complete the massive expansion project that’s been going on for months. Five of the containers are already in place to create room for a new office, walk-in refrigerator and dining room. The last three containers will be used to create the new kitchen. Don’t forget, The Root is holding two dinners each month to prepare for its new service once construction is finished. The second Friday of every month is a ticketed, five-course dinner, while the fourth Friday is a standard table service, which the restaurant will incorporate for dinner in the future.


Less than a year after it first opened, La Terraza Rum and Lounge will hold its first rum dinner, featuring Guyanan rum El Dorado. The five-course dinner will be held a week from today on August 10 at both 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. La Terraza has impressed with its authentic Venezuelan cuisine since moving into the Hillcrest neighborhood last year. Tickets to the dinner are $55 and are available by calling 501-251-8261.

We’re just three days from the Great Arkansas Beer Festival at the Statehouse Convention Center. More than 100 breweries and 400 beers will be represented at the festival. Find more information on the festival and all the beer happenings in Central Arkansas in this week’s Growlers feature.

A sad day for the Little Rock food truck scene, as Kincaid’s Coffee/Pirate Brats has announced it will close permanently. Greg Henderson caught up with owner Stephen Kincaid to talk about why the truck is parking for good.

Little Rock Restaurant Month is underway! All month long, you can find great deals at your favorite restaurants in town, and even at some you might never have tried before. We previewed the first wave of specials here.


August 6th Great Arkansas Beer Festival  This festival features dozens of different craft brews from Arkansas and around the country. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $30. Take advantage of the price now, because they will go up to $40 at the door.

August 6th Honey Pies Grand Opening – Although it has been open for a while, Honey Pies will hold its celebration on Saturday. Chef Ken Dempsey will be cooking lunch, and Loblolly Creamery will have some special treats on hand for the occasion. The party starts at 11 a.m. and lasts until 7 p.m.

August 6th O’Looney’s 16th Anniversary Wine Tasting – The folks at O’Looney’s know their way around wine better than anyone else. To celebrate their 16th anniversary they are hosting a special wine tasting full of some amazing hand selected wine. Head out there from 1-4 on Saturday.

August 10th La Terraza Rum Dinner – La Terraza’s first themed dinner will feature El Dorado 12-Year Rum paired with five courses of Venezuelan fare. Tickets are $55. Call 501-251-8261 to make your reservation.

August 19th Taste of the Finest – This annual event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arkansas and will feature food and beer from a number of Little Rock restaurants and breweries. Tickets start at $75 per person and are available here.

August 19th Rocktoberfest Launch Party/Fundraiser – Diamond Bear Brewing Company will celebrate the 2016 launch of its Rocktoberfest with a special fundraiser. A quarter of all proceeds from the event will go to Concerns Of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

August 30th 5 Beers 5 Bites Dinner – It’s the monthly beer dinner between The Southern Gourmasian and Stone’s Throw Brewing. The menu for the event has not yet been announced. Ticket’s are $50 a piece or $90 when you buy two. You can buy tickets in person at The Southern Gourmasian or pick them up online here.

September 1st Good Earth Garden Center Food Truck Meet-Up – August’s meet had to be canceled due to excessive heat, so your next chance to get all these trucks together will be next month. Past events have included Katmandu Momo, Hot Rod Wieners, The Southern Gourmasian and more.


Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its monthly specials for August:

  • Big Orange: Hatch Green Chile Burger, Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie and Blueberry Lemon Bar Yogurt Shake
  • Local Lime: Fried Chicken Tacos with House-Made Spicy Ranch and a Snickers Turtle Pie
  • Zaza: Vietnamese Chicken Salad and various new gelato flavors


Rumbles: Bruno’s Deli to Open Monday, The Root Keeps on Building, La Terraza Rum Dinner