Rumbles: David’s River Market Opens Tuesday, Sweet Candy + Gifts Moves to Heights, Izard Chocolate on Chef Shuttle

News

We’re less than one week away from the grand opening of David’s Burgers in the River Market. On Tuesday, David’s Burgers will open its eighth location for lunch and dinner service six days a week (all David’s locations are closed on Sundays). I stopped by to talk with owner David Allan Bubbus yesterday, and the location is practically done. All that’s left is putting a few booths together and moving some equipment into place before the final inspection. Bubbus tells me he’s been training the staff for the River Market location in North Little Rock. After this opening, Bubbus has three more locations in the works in Bryant, Benton and another location in Conway.

If you missed it yesterday, our big news of the week is Hillcrest Artisan Meats closing for good at the end of 2016. Tomas Bohm of The Pantry and Pantry Crest is purchasing the space and plans to turn it into a deli in 2017. It brings an end to one of the city’s finest food spots, one that will doubtlessly be missed.

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It’s been a little over a year since Sweet Candy + Gifts opened in The Outlets of Little Rock, but already the store is on the move. Owner Stephanie Harris will be moving her candy shop to the Heights neighborhood, just a block east of Heights Taco and Tamale Co. The move will give Harris the freedom to expand some of her product line and to host parties and events in a private party room. The location at The Outlets will stay open until the day after Christmas, so you should still head there to pick up some holiday gifts for your loved one with a sweet tooth.

Speaking of sweetness this holiday season, Little Rock’s Izard Chocolate has teamed up with Chef Shuttle for easy delivery of special holiday boxes. The gifts come in $30, $50 and $100 levels and include a variety of chocolate bars and caramels. Orders for Izard Chocolate holiday boxes must be placed by Dec. 17 for delivery between Dec. 22 and Dec. 24.

Congratulations go to Ciceley McDowell on the first year of business for her North Little Rock restaurant Ceci’s Chicken and Waffles. Ceci’s opened at the end of November in 2015 and proceeded to offer one of the best soul food menus in town (as well as one of the best hot sauces you can find). Ceci’s is open for lunch seven days a week as well as brunch on weekends.

Taco Beer Burrito, the Tex-Mex restaurant from Blue Canoe Brewing Company, is adjusting its hours. TBB will no longer be open on Mondays, instead opening for lunch and dinner six days per week (on weekdays, the restaurant shuts down in between meal services). TBB is also working on a new menu and adding weekly specials to its lineup.

After roughly nine months, The Pizzeria is back open at its new location in the Heights. We previewed the new, much larger restaurant before it opened on Friday.

The Nog Off at the Historic Arkansas Museum is coming up this Friday evening, and Rock City Eats is back to defend its people’s choice crown. Here’s a look at what you can expect from the event.

Ever ordered a $50 margarita before? Big Orange Midtown has one on its special new holiday cocktail menu. We have the story behind this top-shelf lineup of drinks made with some of the best spirits money can buy.

Events

  • October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Fountain Fest

    at Arkansas Arts Center

    Fountain Fest is back for its fifth anniversary celebration! Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries, this year’s event features art, music, food, libations, all centered around a surprise installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain. Tickets are $25, and funds will go tow...

  • October 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival

    at South Main Street Commercial Historic District

    New this year at the 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, many local breweries will be showcasing local flavors. Heifer International will be bringing various outdoor games and some animals from the farm for a local meet-and-greet. The festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and South...

  • October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Festival of Darkness: Nighty Night Release Party

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    THE FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS 2017 Nighty Night Release Party & Celebration of Dark Beer Darkness is coming. And with it, one hellacious party. Our biggest, baddest, boldest 3 Barrel-Aged 2017 batch of Nighty Night Imperial Stout makes it’s limited debut Oct. 21st. The return of our most antic...

  • October 27 @ 12:00 pm - October 28 @ 7:00 pm

    CAF’s Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Central Arkansas Fermenters presents the Third Annual Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition! With cash prizes and traditional medals, the AHA/BJCP-sanctioned Arktoberfest Challenge should be at the top of every mid-South homebrewer’s list. Combine it with the Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival...

  • October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Arktoberfest 2017

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Come enjoy the third annual Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Caddo Valley Catfish Cook Off in Arkadelphia, Arkansas! Fun for the whole family including all Arkansas craft beers, a catfish dinner with all the fixins, Arkansas musicians and artisans, free kids’ activities, and more. Come to...

  • November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Day of the Dead

    at The Fold: Botanas & Bar

    INAUGURAL DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION 2017 The Fold partners with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos Keep the Halloween festivities going and join us for our inaugural Day of the Dead Celebration. We will be closing down the whole parking lot surrounding the restaur...

  • April 21, 2018 @ 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!...

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 weekly dinner special is Gnocchi Bolognese. The risotto special is a saffron risotto.

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Rumbles: David’s River Market Opens Tuesday, Sweet Candy + Gifts Moves to Heights, Izard Chocolate on Chef Shuttle