Rumbles: Bruno’s Moves Lunch Service, Changes at Blue Canoe, kBird One-Month Break Coming Soon

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Some big post-Christmas changes for a couple of downtown spots, starting with Bruno’s Deli, which will move its lunchtime-only operation into the Bruno’s Little Italy dining room, essentially turning Bruno’s into a restaurant with both lunch and dinner services. Bruno’s Deli will be closed while the transition is completed, a process that will be ongoing into the new year. For years, diners have clamored for a lunch service at Bruno’s Little Italy, and the move will allow Bruno’s to sell wine and beer in addition to its sandwiches and salads that have proven popular. Bruno’s has not yet said what will become of the deli space.

The team at Lost Forty is running a surprise collaboration with Deluca’s Pizzeria in Hot Springs this Friday (12/30). Chef Scott McGehee is bringing some of his (slightly smuggled) Tuscan black truffles to create a pie with owner Anthony Valinoti. The event will be first come first serve, so get in quick if you want a very exclusive, one of a kind pizza.

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Blue Canoe Brewing Company has several changes ahead, some of which are already underway. Patrick Cowan and Laura Berryhill have decided to close Taco Beer Burrito, the Tex-Mex-themed restaurant in the space where Brown Sugar Bakeshop once lived. Instead, the TBB space will now be used as an extended taproom with extra amenities like arcade games, shuffleboard and a foosball table. The brewery is also open on Tuesdays now, though it will remain closed on Monday. I am hearing that Blue Canoe will also be extending its taproom hours on the weekends, though the actual hours have not been finalized. And speaking of the brewery, keep your eyes open for a possible expansion of Blue Canoe’s brewing capabilities very soon. Blue Canoe opened as one of the smallest breweries in the state, but has since expanded its capacity and is looking to grow once again. We will keep you posted on the brewery’s plans.

Every year, kBird owner Richard Glasgow shuts down his beloved Thai eatery for a short time so he can travel Thailand and learn new skills and techniques. In 2017, kBird will close for one month, starting on Thursday, Jan. 12, and going until mid-February. Glasgow says his objective this trip is to revisit some of his favorite places and learn more about how dishes vary from region to region. Given his passion for Thai cuisine and fierce protectiveness of its culture and cooking methods, it’s safe to say you’ll want to get to kBird in February, if not sooner.

The final days of Hillcrest Artisan Meats are here, and even though we at Rock City Eats are still in mourning (or denial), Brandon and Tara at HAM are looking for some help clearing the shelves. Today and tomorrow, all grocery items are 40 percent off. There is very little (if any) meat left, so you’ll be buying items like vinegar, hot sauce, pasta, beans and other foodstuffs. HAM will be closed on Friday and reopen Saturday afternoon for the last time with a party to celebrate the restaurant and charcuterie’s five years of business. The Pantry’s Tomas Bohm is buying the space for a new deli that will open sometime in 2017.

If you couldn’t tell, we like to eat (and drink) here at Rock City Eats. So we went through the thousands of dishes and beverages that we consumed in 2016 to come up with our best of the year. Here are the lists for Best Dishes, Best Desserts and Best Drinks.

Downtown diner At the Corner seems to get better with every new menu it puts out. Here’s our look at the newest lineup, featuring beef bacon (yes, beef bacon).

Events

  • January 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Euro-Delta Beer Brunch

    at Flyway Brewing

    Guest Chef Amanda Leigh Ivy will be in the Flyway kitchen on Sunday, January 22nd serving a Euro-Delta Brunch. Chef Ivy will be offering gourmet brunch dishes inspired by classic European and Louisiana Delta cooking techniques. Don’t miss this fantastic beer brunch event. Stay tuned as we anno...

  • January 23 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

    National Pie Day

    at Honey Pies

    Join us to celebrate our favorite day of the year, National Pie Day! More exciting details coming soon about in-shop events! When you stop by the shop on National Pie Day, be sure to register for our door prize: Honey Pies Party Pack (one 9″ pie, one 6″ cake, one ......

  • January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State

    at Hillcrest Hall

    Celebrate National Pie Day with Arkansas author Kat Robinson, who will share stories, recipes, reviews, and more from her travels sampling the best pies in the Natural State. Note: This free library event will be held at Hillcrest Hall. Check out Kat on her website: http://www.tiedyetravels.com/ or...

  • January 23 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Freshcut Monday: Thai Lemongrass Blonde

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    SAWASDEE KA Arkansas! A wet, gray winter has us longing for the shores of Phi Phi Island and the vibrant flavors of Bangkok Street food. Escape the Arkansas Winter with our Thai inspired Fresh Cut Monday. Sip: THAI LEMONGRASS BLONDE A barrel of our Day Drinker Belgian is resting with ......

  • January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Stratton’s Market Wine Dinner

    at Stratton’s Market at Dugan’s Pub

    Fine dining for $75 a person, right in the heart of downtown Little Rock. Here’s the menu: Charcuterie and Cheese Selection, paired with: Prosecco, Colutta , Italy ( Welcome Wine ) Heirloom Beet Salad – Roasted and Pickled Heirloom Beets, AR Corn Shoots, Herbed Cucumber Pistóu, Almond T...

  • January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Down Home Blues Bar B Que at Colonial

    at Colonial Wine & Spirits

    Every 4th Friday is Food Truck Friday at Colonial! Our scheduled guest for January is Down Home Blues Bar-B-Que. Stop by between 4 & 6 on Jan 27 for samples of their food at the Tasting Bar paired with the perfect beverage. Then after you finish shopping just pick up ......

  • January 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Oven + Tap Brunch Pop Up!

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    IT STARTED WITH A BEER… On a cold, dark night in 2016 we loaded up our vans with Nighty Night Imperial Stout and ventured to NWA in search of like-minded people who live for really good beer, really good food, and really good company. We sought, we found, and we ......

  • January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Little Rock Soup Sunday 2017

    at Statehouse Convention Center

    With help from Gold Tureen Sponsor @Sysco Arkansas, AACF is at it again, and we’re pretty sure this one is going to be better than ever! In 2017, we’ll celebrate 36 years of Little Rock Soup Sunday and 40 years of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. We have LOTS ......

Specials

Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of December:

  • Big Orange: Ribeye Sandwich with onion strings and Eggnog Cheesecake by Honey Pies
  • Local Lime: Chicken, Spinach and Poblano Tamales
  • Zaza: The Libby pizza with prosciutto and basil, and the Arkansas Waldorf Salad

Ristorante Capeo’s special of the week is an Herbed Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Cream. The risotto of the week is chicken and mushrooms.

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Rumbles: Bruno’s Moves Lunch Service, Changes at Blue Canoe, kBird One-Month Break Coming Soon