Rumbles: Frontier Diner Open After Shooting, Rock Town to Relocate, JJ’s Grill Coming to Little Rock


Little Rock police have three men under arrest for a shooting last week at Frontier Diner that killed a man. Adrian Avery, Marquis Parker and Corey Eskridge have all pleaded not guilty to capital murder and aggravated robbery in the killing of 77-year-old Robert Byrd. Police say Eskridge and Parker walked into Frontier Diner to rob the restaurant when Parker’s gun fired, hitting Byrd in the head. Police say the three drove away in Avery’s car. Frontier Diner closed briefly after the shooting but is now open again during its normal business hours.

Rock Town Distillery’s growth over the past few years has led Phil Brandon to find a new home for his business. Brandon says Rock Town Distiller will be moving two blocks north to 1616 E. Capitol Ave. over the coming months. The new facility will have a friendlier layout, including separate areas for the warehouse and barrelhouse and a 2,000-square-foot tasting room. Rock Town will be the owner of the building, which Brandon said was a factor in deciding to move. If all goes according to plan, the new distillery location will be open in late December.


Northwest Arkansas-based JJ’s Grill is opening a new location in Little Rock. JJ’s will be moving into the Bowman Road space previously occupied by Another Round and La Villa Italian Restaurant. This will be JJ’s eighth location and its second in Central Arkansas (Conway is the other). JJ’s is planning on keep the live music area that Another Round brought in and using it to host local musicians. The menu is classic American in style, with burgers, wraps, salad and tacos making up the bulk of food available. JJ’s Grill is hoping to be open in late July.

Speaking of Bowman Road restaurants, Old Mill Bread Company this morning opened its new location at Ottenheimer Hall in the River Market. Old Mill will be selling its standard sandwich, soup and salad menu out of the new location, along with fresh bread and pastries you can take home. For now, the River Market location will be open from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

If you were following Rebel Kettle Brewing Company before its grand opening, you have probably tasted its excellent Wake n’ Flake Coffee and Coconut Cream Stout. The brewery is putting that beer back on tap starting tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. This will be a limited release, so get there quickly if you want to try it.

Former Forty Two and Chenal Country Club chef Stephen Burrow is now putting his experience to work at Stratton’s Market and Skye’s Little Bistro. We previewed his plans for the business this morning.

Heading to North Arkansas this summer? Make sure to stop at Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Greenbrier. It’s part of our regular Around Arkansas series.


July 7th Food Truck Meet-Up – The regular truck meet at Good Earth Garden Center will feature Beast Food Truck, Katmandu Momo, Loblolly, Kincaid’s Coffee and more. The event goes from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

July 9th The Scoop at Eggshells Kitchen Co. – The only thing better than ice cream is ice cream you make yourself! Join Eggshells from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn all about making your favorite summer treat.

July 16th Tacos and Tianguis – This special fundraiser at Bernice Gardens will support El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center. Expect to find several taco varieties and plenty of Mexican-inspired desserts.

July 18th Bentonville No Kid Hungry Dinner – Yes, it’s pretty far away, but there are few causes more important than fighting child hunger. South on Main’s Matt Bell will join The Hive’s Matt McClure and many other great chefs for this important evening. Tickets are on sale here.


Rumbles: Frontier Diner Open After Shooting, Rock Town to Relocate, JJ’s Grill Coming to Little Rock