Rumbles: Core Comes to South Main, Upcoming Festivals, 42’s Transition Inches Closer, Hot Springs Restaurant Closing, Free Pizza at Raduno

Core Brewing Adds South Main Public House – We have been sitting on this one a bit waiting for the space to take shape, but it appears the word is starting to leak out. Core Brewing is adding a second Public House in the Little Rock area, this one going in SOMA at 1214 Main Street. Location wise this is going to be a much better fit than the Argenta space thanks to a strong after work crowd in the area and less competition at their price point. Progress is happening rapidly and we expect to have a preview in a few weeks.

Cornbread Festival This Weekend – On the topic of SOMA, one of the best events of the year is always the Cornbread Festival. It runs from 11-4 this Saturday and takes up the blocks from South Main to the Root (13-15th Street). Come out for a great time.

Festival of Darkness – Not so coincidentally after Cornbread Festival is The Festival of Darkness. Lost Forty is expanding their annual festival to their neighbors and friends in the brewing industry, having almost every brewery in the city represented, plus a few friends from NWA and out of state. The festival is also the release of their annual Nighty Night beer, which IMO is the best beer they release every year. There are a ton of Halloweenish activities with the event, full list here.


Arktoberfest – It is not often I get back down to Arkadelphia after serving my 4 years in college there, but the annual beer and food festival, Arktoberfest, has always been a good reason. This year has gone a little under the radar with a ton of competing festivals and dropping the food competition portion that we usually sponsor. It is still always a great time for those of you willing to make the journey, festival runs from 12-10 next Saturday, Oct 28th.

Forty Two Dinner Opening Dates – I took a tour around the progress at Forty Two (soon to be known as 42 Bar and Table) yesterday. Things are progressing rapidly and they look on track for a November 2nd opening date. Do not let the quick turn around fool you though, the remodel is extensive. We will have more on that next week.

Hot Springs Closing – In some not as good news, Paradise Grill in Hot Springs closed their doors last week. The Airport road space opened just a little over a year ago and seemed to have a decent following of eaters, but it was not enough to keep it going. We have heard from several Hot Springs restaurant owners that this was a far worse than average tourism season, likely because of the relatively mild weather keeping people off the lakes. Fall is my personal favorite time to get out to Hot Springs, the normal crowds around the lake and Oaklawn are gone, and you can really enjoy the city. Not to mention the hills are beautiful with the changing leaves. Get out and support the local restuarants there.

Raduno Pizza by the Slice – Raduno has gone through some changes the past few weeks, one that should be a welcome addition is now offering pizza by the slice at lunch. Slice bars are all over the place in larger cities like New York, but are hard to find in Little Rock. To kick things off they have passed on a coupon for a free slice during the month of October. Take advantage of it.

Brewski’s Pub & Grub – We talked about this a few weeks ago in Rumbles, but Brewski’s, the sports bar that Club Level turned into, appears to have opened last week. We will try to stop in soon and give it a try. The space is at 315 Main, across from Samantha’s and Bruno’s.

Last Day to Nominate for Best Pies – Finally, we will wrap up our best pie nominations this afternoon before we head into the voting period. Already this is our largest Reader Pick’s to date. If you want your favorite pie to get voted on be sure to submit it before the end of the day today.


  • February 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    A Capital Cooking Class – Sushi

    at The Capital Hotel

    The masterful art of sushi making doesn’t have to be intimidating. Join us for an evening of fun and learning as Georgi McNeal, former sushi chef at Botika in San Antonio, will lead you through all the basics. Learn the art of chopping ingredients, cooking sushi rice, perfecting the rolling ...

  • February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Italian Wine Dinner

    at Ristorante Capeo

    Travel to the northern province of Piedmont, Italy without leaving Arkansas! Chef Eric Isaac will prepare four courses with special wine pairings that will transport you to the foothills of the Italian Alps. Come feast with friends to benefit our 2018 Nonprofit Partner (to be announced on Jan 9th). ...

  • February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night at Flyway Brewing

    at Flyway Brewing

    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, January 27th, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some delicious food.

  • March 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    LIVE Music: Mark Currey

    at Core Public House – North Little Rock Argenta

    Early show. No Cover. Solo acoustic music, great food, and fine Arkansas Craft Beers!

  • March 17 @ 9:00 pm - March 18 @ 12:30 am

    Big Red Flag live Dugan’s Irish Pub St. Paddy’s Day Blowout!

    at Dugan’s Pub Little Rock

    St. Paddy’s Day at Dugan’s Irish Pub is where ya wanna be this year. Legendary block party, madness ensues. Then, move it all inside the pub for a night of raucous Irish hedonism with Big Red Flag. We’re gonna dust off some old school Irish drinkin’ tunes, along with our ...

  • April 13 @ 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 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs.

  • April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Diamond Chef Arkansas

    at UA – Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute

    The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Tech Technical College Foundation and the UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI) present the premier culinary competition and fundraiser—Diamond Chef Arkansas. Diamond Chef Arkansas is a competitive culinary competition that pit...

  • April 21 @ 9:00 am

    10th Annual B Street Rib Off

    at North Little Rock, AR

    We’re excited to celebrate 10 years of the B Street Rib Off. Make plans now to join us in April 2018!


Rumbles: Core Comes to South Main, Upcoming Festivals, 42’s Transition Inches Closer, Hot Springs Restaurant Closing, Free Pizza at Raduno