Rumbles: DeLuca’s to Close for Holidays, New Year’s Eve Restaurant Parties, Three Sams Construction Update

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The holiday season is upon us, and that means DeLuca’s Pizzeria is about to go on its usual break. The outstanding Hot Springs pizzeria will close after Saturday’s service so owner Anthony Valinoti and his staff can visit family and loved ones for the holidays. However, Valinoti will be reopening DeLuca’s earlier than in years past. The team will take 12 days off and be back in business on Thursday, Dec. 29, including staying open for New Year’s (I can only imagine the party that will be thrown at DeLuca’s that night). So if you want some of the best pizza you can find before Christmas, get down to Hot Springs by Saturday and reserve your dough in advance. If you’re there, try out the new Capi Peck pie with capicola and peppadew peppers, named after Little Rock’s incoming city director and the owner of Trio’s Restaurant.

DeLuca’s isn’t the only spot that will be open New Year’s Eve. Party plans are already underway around town at several Central Arkansas restaurants. At Table 28, the 8:30 p.m. reserved dinner service is already sold out; the 5 p.m. dinner event still has some seats available. South on Main is hosting a $30 dance party with performer Amasa Hines to usher in the new year (make your reservation for after 9 p.m. if you want a table for the evening). And Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is hosting a party event with Rob Gnarly brewmosas and a special late-night menu. Keep an eye here for more New Year’s Eve party announcements around Central Arkansas.

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As we reported last week, David’s Burgers opened its River Market location on Tuesday. The restaurant company’s eighth location is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and David’s Burgers isn’t done expanding. Three more new locations have been announced, with crews already starting work at the upcoming Bryant spot. A second Conway location and a Benton opening will likely come in fall 2017.

Good progress is being made on rebuilding Three Sams BBQ Joint in the Mabelvale neighborhood. Electrical crews are on site this week to power up the expanded kitchen and smoker area, which is framed by a new cinderblock wall that was put up last week. Three Sams was destroyed in a fire in March that started in a smoker in the back of the building. We will keep you updated as the restaurant looks to reopen in 2017. In the meantime, you can still get your Three Sams fix from a concession trailer in front of the restaurant for lunch Wednesday through Friday every week.

And it was hard to miss, but belated congratulations are in order for Scott McGehee and Ben Brainard of Heights Taco & Tamale Co. for winning a cheese dip taste test against Texas. The two flew to Washington, D.C., and put up their cheese dip against the queso from Uncle Julio’s in Dallas. Senate Republicans voted HTT’s version as their favorite, settling a friendly dispute between Arkansas senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton and their Texas colleagues, senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. The contest settled a tongue-in-cheek debate that came up after The Wall Street Journal wrote about the popularity of Arkansas cheese dip in November.

There are two days left to participate in Restaurants Give Back, a food drive to help feed food-insecure students in Little Rock over the winter break. Here is a list of where you can donate and the food items that are needed the most.

As always, Rock City Eats had a great time competing at the Historic Arkansas Museum “Nog Off” Competition. We have a rundown of this year’s winners as well as where you can find the winnings nogs to take home for yourself.

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 cioppino cod stew. Its risotto special is one made with sausage and mushrooms.

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Rumbles: DeLuca’s to Close for Holidays, New Year’s Eve Restaurant Parties, Three Sams Construction Update