Rumbles: Latin Restaurant Takes Over Former Juanita’s, Ira’s Park Hill Grill to Relocate, Little Rock Soup Sunday

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The former home of Juanita’s in the River Market is getting a new tenant. Buenos Aires Grill and Café has announced on its Facebook page it is planning for a grand opening in the next month or so. Buenos Aires Grill and Café will serve up Argentinian cuisine, making it the third major South American restaurant opening in Little Rock in the past couple of years (Lulu’s Latin Rotisserie and La Terraza). Buenos Aires says its menu will include asado, empanadas, chimichurri and other regional recipes.

Late Tuesday, Ira’s Park Hill Grill in North Little Rock emailed its customers that it was selling its current location to relocate to downtown Little Rock. Ira’s will close down after its dinner service on Saturday, Jan. 21 for the move to 307 Main St., which is across the street from Bruno’s Little Italy (incidentally, Ira’s will host a wine dinner with Jay Bruno next week). Calls to Ira’s went unanswered Tuesday evening, so we don’t yet know who’s buying the Park Hill location or when Ira’s will reopen, but we’ll keep checking and get some more information in the coming days.

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Honey Pies is introducing the first of their new cooking classes on January 19th with a pie baking class. The event will teach how to make apple pie from scratch along with answering any pie making questions. All materials are provided except for a rolling pin (BYO-Rolling Pin). The class is January 19 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. $50 per person. (501) 613-7950. Additional cooking classes are on their way and they will begin offering private classes as well upon request.

We are two and a half weeks away from the 36th Little Rock Soup Sunday at the Statehouse Convention Center. Around three dozen local restaurants will be on hand serving up their best soup recipes for the event. This year’s feature chef is Chris McMillan of Boulevard Bistro. Little Rock Soup Sunday is the annual fundraiser for Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which advocates for children’s health, education opportunities and economic security. Tickets for the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

A driver ran into The Oyster Bar during the ice storm last week, causing some damage to the outside wall underneath one of the front-facing windows. The Oyster Bar was closed at the time, and nobody was hurt in the accident. A family member of the driver says he lost control of the vehicle when he swerved to avoid a red-light runner. The Oyster Bar is open for normal business hours despite the damage. It’s unknown how long it will take to get the wall fixed.

Don’t forget, today and tonight are the last chances you’ll have to get a meal at kBird for the next month. Richard Glasgow is closing the restaurant from tomorrow until Feb. 13 so he can travel to Thailand. Also, Nepalese food truck Katmandu Momo is going on break until at least March, with a trip to Nepal planned during the time off.

Arkansas is a comfort food state, with plenty of dishes that stick to the ribs and make you feel happy. We went all around Central Arkansas to find the 20 best comfort food dishes to enjoy this winter.

Flyway Brewing is getting inspiration from an unusual source: its front-of-house staff. We checked out the employee brew program and previewed the resulting Cardinal Cider coming out of Flyway later this week.

Events

  • January 22 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Euro-Delta Beer Brunch

    at Flyway Brewing

    Guest Chef Amanda Leigh Ivy will be in the Flyway kitchen on Sunday, January 22nd serving a Euro-Delta Brunch. Chef Ivy will be offering gourmet brunch dishes inspired by classic European and Louisiana Delta cooking techniques. Don’t miss this fantastic beer brunch event. Stay tuned as we anno...

  • January 23 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

    National Pie Day

    at Honey Pies

    Join us to celebrate our favorite day of the year, National Pie Day! More exciting details coming soon about in-shop events! When you stop by the shop on National Pie Day, be sure to register for our door prize: Honey Pies Party Pack (one 9″ pie, one 6″ cake, one ......

  • January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State

    at Hillcrest Hall

    Celebrate National Pie Day with Arkansas author Kat Robinson, who will share stories, recipes, reviews, and more from her travels sampling the best pies in the Natural State. Note: This free library event will be held at Hillcrest Hall. Check out Kat on her website: http://www.tiedyetravels.com/ or...

  • January 23 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Freshcut Monday: Thai Lemongrass Blonde

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    SAWASDEE KA Arkansas! A wet, gray winter has us longing for the shores of Phi Phi Island and the vibrant flavors of Bangkok Street food. Escape the Arkansas Winter with our Thai inspired Fresh Cut Monday. Sip: THAI LEMONGRASS BLONDE A barrel of our Day Drinker Belgian is resting with ......

  • January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Stratton’s Market Wine Dinner

    at Stratton’s Market at Dugan’s Pub

    Fine dining for $75 a person, right in the heart of downtown Little Rock. Here’s the menu: Charcuterie and Cheese Selection, paired with: Prosecco, Colutta , Italy ( Welcome Wine ) Heirloom Beet Salad – Roasted and Pickled Heirloom Beets, AR Corn Shoots, Herbed Cucumber Pistóu, Almond T...

  • January 27 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Down Home Blues Bar B Que at Colonial

    at Colonial Wine & Spirits

    Every 4th Friday is Food Truck Friday at Colonial! Our scheduled guest for January is Down Home Blues Bar-B-Que. Stop by between 4 & 6 on Jan 27 for samples of their food at the Tasting Bar paired with the perfect beverage. Then after you finish shopping just pick up ......

  • January 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Oven + Tap Brunch Pop Up!

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    IT STARTED WITH A BEER… On a cold, dark night in 2016 we loaded up our vans with Nighty Night Imperial Stout and ventured to NWA in search of like-minded people who live for really good beer, really good food, and really good company. We sought, we found, and we ......

  • January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Little Rock Soup Sunday 2017

    at Statehouse Convention Center

    With help from Gold Tureen Sponsor @Sysco Arkansas, AACF is at it again, and we’re pretty sure this one is going to be better than ever! In 2017, we’ll celebrate 36 years of Little Rock Soup Sunday and 40 years of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. We have LOTS ......

Specials

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

  • Big Orange: Smashed Avocado Burger with a turkey patty and Almond Joy Milkshake
  • Local Lime: Duck Confit Tacos with Red Mole
  • Zaza: Hearts of Palm Salad with Citrus and Avocado

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Rumbles: Latin Restaurant Takes Over Former Juanita’s, Ira’s Park Hill Grill to Relocate, Little Rock Soup Sunday