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

  • February 20 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Freshcut Monday: American Barleywine

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    Our American Barleywine Barrel Project Series begins NOW! Join us for a first taste of our limited release American Barleywine on Monday, February 20th at 4PM. Most of this batch went directly into Bourbon Barrels for aging and we’re excited to share that project with you in the months to ......

  • February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Eggshells Cooking Class: Zac David Mardi Gras

    at Eggshells Kitchen Co.

    Zac David from The Faded Rose will be in the kitchen getting us ready for our Mardi Gras celebrations one week out from Fat Tuesday. Plenty of time to plan your own dinner at home with all your new cajun cooking know-how. The Faded Rose, a Little Rock tradition for ......

  • February 22 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

    Delta Biscuit Pop-Up with Chef Hayne

    at Honey Pies

    We are planning a Pop-Up brunch with our friends over at Delta Biscuit Company Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23rd. Serving your choice of three delicious meals: Delta Chicken Biscuit topped w/ Fried Chicken, Local Honey, Dijon Mustard Hillbilly Benedict: Split Biscuit topped with Pet...

  • February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Cake Decorating Class

    at Honey Pies

    We’re excited to announce our very first cake decorating class! Our talented team will answer all of your cake questions and provide secrets for success. You’ll go home with a delicious 6-inch drippy cake (chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla). Thursday, February 23rd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm....

  • February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Wine Dinner – Feb 23rd – Rabble Wines

    at Stratton’s Market at Dugan’s Pub

    Skye’s Bistro at Stratton’s Market will be hosting the second dinner in our Monthly Wine Dinner Series. We will be featuring Rabble Wines from Tooth & Nail Winery pairing with Chef Stephen Burrow’s four course menu. Tickets are $75 plus tax. Email Chef Burrow at stephen@dugansp...

  • February 23 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 THURSDAY! – Barrel-Aged Wake’n’Flake

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    After spending 6 months in the barrel, it is finally time for Barrel Aged Wake’n’Flake, Coffee & Coconut Cream Stout this 4:30 THURSDAY! Beer aged in American oak picks up flavors and aromas of smooth vanilla and soft coconut over time. We combined these notes with an already rich an...

  • February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

    at

    We couldn’t be more excited to announce our first ever beer dinner! The girls @ The Corner Modern Diner have partnered w/ Lost Forty Brewing to bring you a taste of New Orleans on Fat Tuesday. The evening will feature a 5-course dinner prepared by the @ Team. Each course ......

  • 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...

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