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 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...

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