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

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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

  • 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 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