Rumbles: District Fare Open House, David Burnette Joins Ciao Baci, Stoby’s Framing Signing Event

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You’re going to want to make plans for an evening in Hillcrest tomorrow night. For the neighborhood’s First Thursday event, District Fare is holding an open house event, which will be the public’s first change to see the chic, redesigned restaurant space. Owner Tomas Bohm has promised plenty of samples to enjoy, even if you can’t do any shopping just yet. If all goes well, District Fare will be open sometime next week. And when you’re done there, head over to The Pantry Crest around 7:30 p.m., where Bohm will be cooking up his famous paella and giving it out to whomever is there first. Hillcrest businesses regularly stay open late for First Thursday for customers to shop and sip on beverages around the neighborhood.

It’s going to be hard going to South on Main and not seeing David Burnette behind the bar. If you missed the announcement late last week, Burnette is leaving the Main Street restaurant to take the general manager position at Ciao Baci, which was left open when David Shackelford left Arkansas to return home to Italy. Fortunately, one of the best bars in Arkansas is in capable hands, as bartender Sarah Harrington is returning to serve as South on Main’s bar manager. We featured Harrington in our Drink Insider column back in 2016.

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We are adding a small spring food truck festival to the Rock City line up. This Sunday we are launching our first ever Food Truck Roll at noon in Bryant. The event will feature a community Easter egg hunt at Bryant First Methodist and a lineup of food trucks including Black hound BBQ, The Southern Gourmasian, Wunderbus, Katmandu MoMo, and Fat Head BBQ. Come out for a great time.

It’s been more than a year now that Stoby’s in Conway was destroyed in a fire. Owner David Stobaugh has been operating a “Stoby’s Express” location on Prince Street since September while construction progresses at the original site. This Sunday, Stoby’s is inviting its fans to come to the construction site and sign their names to the framing of the building. Stobaugh says this is all about continuing the story of Stoby’s and letting the community participate in the rebuilding. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and will feature free hamburgers, hot dogs, and of course Stoby’s famous cheese dip.

Rebel Kettle Brewing Company is planning a special literary event later this month. The taproom will hold “Spirits Rebellious” on April 30 at 1 p.m. The event will feature several local writers, including Kwadjo Boaitey, Bryan Borland, Claudia Cerna and many others. Rebel Kettle is selling pints for $1 off for the event. Spirits Rebellious will also feature live music by Mark Currey.

Damgoode Pies is getting a little sweeter. They will begin adding Loblolly to all of their locations for both dine in and pints to go. In addition they will start serving beer floats using Damgoode brew paired with Loblolly ice cream. To celebrate the new partnership, Damgoode Pies and Loblolly Creamery are having a raffle for 4 pints of Loblolly Ice Cream, an 18” Signature Pie from Damgoode Pies, and a special edition Damgoode Loblolly t-shirt. All you have to do is buy some Loblolly at Damgoode April 7-10.

Don’t think of South on Main as just being a refined, Southern restaurant. As our Greg Henderson discovered this week, the restaurant has a bar menu with some simple pleasures that absolutely hit the late-night spot.

Few men have made as lasting an impact on Arkansas’ culinary scene as Loca Luna and Red Door owner Mark Abernathy. We sat down with Abernathy as he reflected on his career running some of Little Rock’s most popular restaurants.

Events

  • 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!

Features

Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of March:

  • Big Orange – Vietnamese Spring Burger and Arkansas Strawberry Cake Shake
  • Local Lime – Gluten-Free, Vegetarian Tamales with Corn, Poblanos, Spinach and Artichokes
  • Zaza – Spring Vegetable and Green Goddess Salad

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a chicken- and sausage-stuffed canneloni. The risotto of the week is chicken and broccoli.

Thai restaurant kBird is offering its Khao Soi  as a special for lunch and dinner. The Mango and Coconut Sticky Rice is back on the menu.

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Rumbles: District Fare Open House, David Burnette Joins Ciao Baci, Stoby’s Framing Signing Event