Rumbles: James at the Mill Closes, South on Main Welcomes California Chefs, Table 28 and Rock Town Team Up

In a surprising turn, acclaimed restaurant James at the Mill in Johnson, Ark., has closed. The restaurant, run by chef Miles James at the Inn at the Mill, had a successful 20-year run that came to an end last week. Chef James used the restaurant to introduce his refined Southern dining ideas, which proved popular among diners and critics alike. At this time, we don’t yet know what led to the restaurant’s closure. Chef James is the owner of MJ Pizzeria in Springdale and is already planning a second location in Fayetteville.

There’s a special evening planned Sunday night at South on Main. That’s when the restaurant will welcome Crystal Delongpre and Courtney Rae from California-based Bacon and Brine for a special dinner event. The evening will start with a viewing of “Hungry,” a documentary by Logo TV on the lives of women in the restaurant industry. Both Bacon and Brine owners are featured in the documentary and will be taking questions afterward. Of course, there will be food prepared by the Bacon and Brine duo and chef Matthew Bell in a special farm-to-table menu. Tickets to the event are $100, which covers the meal, viewing and one drink coupon.

Speaking of special dinners, mark Aug. 30 on your calendar right now. That’s when Table 28 and Rock Town Distillery are partnering for a five-course whiskey dinner. As someone who has been to two coursed dinners from chef Scott Rains, I can tell you they are not to be missed. Right now, we don’t have a menu, but the restaurant is taking $90 per-person reservations right now. You can make yours by calling 501-224-2828.


There are still tickets left for the culinary programming events at Fayetteville Roots Festival. It continues to be the best culinary festival in the state, and this year looks no different.

Earlier this summer, a tragic accident left Capital Hotel beverage manager Ben Edwards paralyzed from the chest down. Little Rock’s restaurant community has banded together to help Ben with his recovery with a special fundraiser dinner event. Read all about it and purchase tickets to the event here.

Plenty of freebies up for grabs this week for Little Rock Restaurant Month. We’ve picked out some of our favorite offers at restaurants around town.


  • January 20 @ 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!

  • January 23 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

    National Pie Day with Honey Pies

    at Honey Pies Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

    Our favorite day of the year is Tuesday, January 23rd: National Pie Day!! Don’t be left out, pre-order your whole pie or pop in for a mini pie and celebrate Pie Day with us. We’ll be hosting a “check-in” Facebook contest all day at the bakery for a chance to ...

  • January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night

    at Flyway Brewing

    Join us for game night at Flyway Brewing’s tasting room! 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 23rd, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some ...

  • January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Kat Robinson’s ‘Another Slice of Arkansas Pie’ pre-order party

    at Honey Pies Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

    Our favorite author & Queen of Arkansas Pie, Kat Robinson, is working on a new book for our collection and we couldn’t be more pleased! Join us on National Pie Day for a pop-in reception in Kat’s honor including pie story-telling pie sampling & a pie-themed cocktail provided by o...

  • January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest

    at Next Level Events

    Our 5th annual pro-am contest to crown the official beer of the LRKA – Little Rock Kickball Association! We will be raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas again this year. Tickets available now! $25 General Admission: includes hor d’oeuvres, samples from contestan...

  • January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Little Rock Soup Sunday 2018

    at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

    Ask anyone – Little Rock Soup Sunday is one of THE MOST FUN events in Central Arkansas! The atmosphere is “souper” casual and family-friendly, the food is always delicious, and the cause most important – the future of Arkansas’s kids. The Wally Allen Ballroom will be lined with...

  • 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). ...

  • 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...


Yellow Rocket Concepts has unveiled its specials for the month of August:

  • Big Orange: Pineapple BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Key Lime Pie Milkshake
  • Local Lime: Fried Avocado Tacos with pineapple, lime slaw, and pickled carrots and onions
  • Zaza: Ahi Tuna Niçoise Salad with Arkansas cherry tomatoes, green beans and roasted potatoes

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a fresh fish entree. The risotto of the week is made with chicken and asparagus.


Rumbles: James at the Mill Closes, South on Main Welcomes California Chefs, Table 28 and Rock Town Team Up