Rumbles: Dugan’s Block Party Saturday, Zaza’s Arkansas Morel Pizza, New Restaurant Openings


If you’re looking for a party this weekend, look no further than 3rd Street in front of Dugan’s Pub downtown. Dugan’s is partnering with Lost Forty Brewing for its seventh annual block party on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. This year’s party is headlined by Marion’s Barrett Baber, who rose to fame on season nine of NBC’s The Voice. There will be plenty of other music, too, as well as Irish dance performances. And of course, you can expect plenty of food and beer. Admission to the block party is free.

Spring is coming quickly, which means you’re about to start seeing plenty of fresh Arkansas produce at farmers markets and restaurants around town. But Scott McGehee is already working with one locally harvested specimen. Zaza has acquired 20 pounds of Arkansas morels and is putting them on a special pizza. McGehee has paired the morels with leeks, thyme, lemon, crème fraîche and three different cheeses. Obviously, these morels won’t last long, so for a first taste of Arkansas mushroom season, you’ll want to get to Zaza very soon.


We have two new openings in Central Arkansas to tell you about this week. Long a fixture at farmers markets, Dark Side Coffee is holding a crowd-sourced fundraiser to open in a permanent location in North Little Rock. It’s the same building where Brown Sugar Bakeshop once operated on JFK Boulevard. The facility has two drive-thru windows, which will be ideal for serving the morning rush. And Will’s Cinnamon Shop is moving from a cottage-law establishment to a full-service bakery on Central Avenue in Hot Springs. Will’s specializes in cinnamon rolls and other bread products. They are hoping for an early summer opening.

Warmer weather is moving in, and that means food trucks are firing up the generators and getting out again. Katmandu Momo is back from its winter sabbatical, which included a trip to Nepal for owners Kyler and Saroja. Katmandu Momo will be at 1 Allied Dr. today from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and the same hours tomorrow at the Arkansas Department of Health.

District Fare has officially joined Facebook, taking over the page of the former Hillcrest Artisan Meats. Owner Tomas Bohm is keeping the page updated with construction photos and staff introductions. When it opens, District Fare will sell sandwiches and soups, as well as plenty of foodstuffs to take home and cook. Bohm still hopes to have the space open by the end of this month.

There’s just no way around it: warmer weather means more trips to Loblolly. We took a look this week at what Little Rock’s best ice cream shop has planned for its spring menu.

Did you know there’s a 23-year-old chef in charge of one of the city’s most popular restaurants? We stopped by So Restaurant to chat with Cody Rudd, who’s putting his spin on one of Little Rock’s most beloved dining destinations.


  • March 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    2018 Audu-Blonde Release, Audubon Happy Hour at Flyway Brewing

    at Flyway Brewing

    Audubon Arkansas and Flyway Brewing are partnering to celebrate our feathered friends AND the beer they inspire! Join us Tuesday March 20 for the 2018 release of Audu-Blonde Ale! Play some ‘Year of the (Arkansas) Bird’ trivia for a Flyway Brewing freebie AND learn about what why 2018 is ...

  • March 31 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Rebel Kettle Growler USA Tap Invasion

    at Growler USA

    REBEL KETTLE MAKES ITS WAY TO ROGERS!! Join us at Growlers USA, Saturday, March 31st, at 4pm, for a Tap Invasion and the opportunity to meet our brewing team, Josh, John and staff. Opened in February of last year, Growler USA Rogers is dedicated to pouring 100 percent American-made craft ...

  • April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Beer Yoga

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    Beer Yoga is back, people! And just in time to help kick off the Rebel Kettle anniversary party! Meet us in the beer garden for some yoga, beer, and good times! Then, stick around after class for the rest of the fun events that Rebel Kettle has planned that day! ...

  • April 7 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Beer & Loathing in Little Rock

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s time to come help us celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary with our SECOND ANNUAL BEER & LOATHING IN LITTLE ROCK Music and Craft Beer Festival!! We are kicking off the day with the return of BEER YOGA by Cheers and Namaste Yoga at 10 am. The rest of the ...

  • April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Mudbugs & Bears


    Join us Saturday, April 7 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for Mudbugs and Bears at Buffalo Alumni Hall before the Purple-Gray spring football game. Tickets are $15 and include crawfish and the fixings catered by Eat My Catfish and beverages from Flyway Brewing.

  • 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!


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

  • Big Orange – French Bistro Burger and Girl Scout Cookie Shakes (Thin Mints and Samoas)
  • Local Lime – Crab Cake Tacos and Dark Chocolate Tart for dessert
  • Zaza – Soppressata and Peppadew Pizza as well as a Poached Egg and Asparagus Salad

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is Gnocchi al Bolognese. The risotto of the week is made with saffron.


Rumbles: Dugan’s Block Party Saturday, Zaza’s Arkansas Morel Pizza, New Restaurant Openings