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

  • March 21 @ 10:00 am - March 26 @ 5:00 pm

    Spring Break Ice Cream Sandwich Week!

    at Loblolly Creamery

    Here’s to Spring Break! Calling all students, college kids, lunch breakers, and families, let’s get wild and party with crazy ice cream sandwiches. Loblolly is your ice cream destination for a sweet treat vacation. The Loblolly Soda Fountain will have party specials all week long with a...

  • March 27 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Freshcut Monday: Demolition Day Cider

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    STOP. DEMO TIME! When Omar heard that we’d be shutting down brewhouse beer production for a few days to install new tanks, he began crafting an easy drinking Cider for #FreshCutMonday. Our small batch Demolition Day Cider has been aging for 4 months and features Organic Apple Cider fermented w...

  • March 30 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 THURSDAY! -Three-Way

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s a 4:30 THURSDAY Three-way! Next Thursday we’re bringing back 3 beers; our Spring Seasonal Saison, Season of Sin, Our White Limo, Golden Stout, and the long awaited Hell Camino, Chipotle Porter. See you at 4:30pm!...

  • March 31 @ 12:00 pm - April 1 @ 3:00 pm

    Arkansas Made – Arkansas Proud

    at War Memorial Stadium

    A unique market showcasing products that are created or produced in the Natural State. Shoppers can browse and purchase art, crafts, jewelry and food created or produced by Arkansans. Market will take place on the field at War Memorail Stadium. Arkansas Made – Arkansas Proud is brought to you...

  • April 1 @ 11:00 am - April 2 @ 12:00 am

    Beer and Loathing in Little Rock, 1 Year Anniversary Music & Beer Festival

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It may be April Fools but we’re not fooling. Come out to celebrate our One Year Anniversary with us at Beer & Loathing in Little Rock- the (hopeful) start of an annual tradition stocked with food trucks, live music, beer tents & laughter. Free admission and kid friendly. Gates open ......

  • April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Rebel Kettle Beer Dinner

    at

    Join us for dinner at Del Frisco’s Grille with lots of beer from Rebel Kettle Brewing Co. at 6:30pm on April 6th. Enjoy five scrumptious speciality courses each paired with a Rebel Kettle brew. Tickets are $55. Call 501-448-2631 to make your reservation! Our menu will feature: Course 1 – ......

  • April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    A la Carte

    at Children’s Hall – Arkansas Children’s Hospital Campus

    Taste & Treats From 20 of central Arkansas’ finest eateries Silent Auction Camps, Hunts, Fine Jewelry, Trips & More Introducing: Art a La Carte Original works of art created at ACH by patients with Arkansas artist advertisement...

  • April 14 @ 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 380 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs....

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