Rumbles: Midtown Billiards is Back, The Main Cheese Closes Again, Arkansas Summer Beers Coming Out

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Nine months after a fire left it in ruins, Midtown Billiards is back. The highly popular South Main dive bar has set its grand opening party for Friday, June 30. This will be a ticketed event, with a happy hour party from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m., and the main event from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. Entrance to the happy hour event is $20, while the big party tickets cost $25. Each ticket covers membership and a commemorative Sharpie pen to put to use getting Midtown back to its former glory. This is all still contingent on final construction projects finishing on time and getting all permits signed off. We will have a full preview of the restored space coming next week, so keep checking back here.

Speaking of rebuilding, Three Sams BBQ Joint has posted that only finishing touches on the kitchen remain until it can announce a grand reopening date. Three Sams burned in a fire more than a year ago and has been selling food out of a concession trailer while waiting for construction to finish. You can still visit them Wednesday through Friday for lunch.

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After going through its fourth ownership group in three years, The Main Cheese is once again closed. Owner Ryan Merritt-McGehee cited low sales as the reason for shutting down the restaurant. Merritt-McGehee is continuing his work at The Clean Eatery, where he prepares healthy meals for home delivery via a subscription service. He is also running a new food truck at special events around town. No word yet on whether The Main Cheese will have a buyer for the space.

Summer is here, and along with the hot weather comes the release of beers perfectly made for sipping poolside or on the lake. Lost Forty still has six-packs of its Blackberry American Wheat floating around town, and has just canned its popular Logger Rita for the summer. Flyway, of course, recently released its Bluewing Berry Wheat in cans. Diamond Bear has its Summer Blonde and Strawberry Blonde canned up and available at the taproom and around town. Rebel Kettle’s excellent Summer Jam sour is finishing up and should be ready near the end of June. And if you’re looking to fill up a growler of something refreshing, make sure to get to The Water Buffalo, which has beers from all over Arkansas, including beers from the hard-to-find Prestonrose and Leap of Faith. Whatever brew you choose, make sure to support Arkansas breweries with your summer activities.

Arkansas doesn’t have just a whole lot of choices for vegan diners, but this weekend, there’s an entire event your name on it. Little Rock Vegan Fest 2017 is this Saturday from 12 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at The Food Truck Stop at Station 801. Almost a dozen food trucks and restaurants are already confirmed, including Katmandu Momo, The Veg LLC, Shambala Mobile Vegan Kitchen and more. Admission is free, you’ll just pay for your meal at each vendor you visit. This is one of those events that doesn’t come along all that often, so if you’re a vegan or want to support some great vegan cooks, be sure to head to Station 801 this Saturday.

There might be nothing this state does better than produce amazing tomatoes. We teamed up with Little Rock Tomato to show you how you can find these tremendous fruits every day of the week.

Rock City Eats is proud to be kicking off Around Arkansas as a standalone website. Check out our announcement to see how your favorite town or restaurant could be featured.

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Events

  • October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Fountain Fest

    at Arkansas Arts Center

    Fountain Fest is back for its fifth anniversary celebration! Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries, this year’s event features art, music, food, libations, all centered around a surprise installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain. Tickets are $25, and funds will go tow...

  • October 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival

    at South Main Street Commercial Historic District

    New this year at the 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, many local breweries will be showcasing local flavors. Heifer International will be bringing various outdoor games and some animals from the farm for a local meet-and-greet. The festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and South...

  • October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Festival of Darkness: Nighty Night Release Party

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    THE FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS 2017 Nighty Night Release Party & Celebration of Dark Beer Darkness is coming. And with it, one hellacious party. Our biggest, baddest, boldest 3 Barrel-Aged 2017 batch of Nighty Night Imperial Stout makes it’s limited debut Oct. 21st. The return of our most antic...

  • October 27 @ 12:00 pm - October 28 @ 7:00 pm

    CAF’s Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Central Arkansas Fermenters presents the Third Annual Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition! With cash prizes and traditional medals, the AHA/BJCP-sanctioned Arktoberfest Challenge should be at the top of every mid-South homebrewer’s list. Combine it with the Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival...

  • October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Arktoberfest 2017

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Come enjoy the third annual Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Caddo Valley Catfish Cook Off in Arkadelphia, Arkansas! Fun for the whole family including all Arkansas craft beers, a catfish dinner with all the fixins, Arkansas musicians and artisans, free kids’ activities, and more. Come to...

  • November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Day of the Dead

    at The Fold: Botanas & Bar

    INAUGURAL DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION 2017 The Fold partners with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos Keep the Halloween festivities going and join us for our inaugural Day of the Dead Celebration. We will be closing down the whole parking lot surrounding the restaur...

  • April 21, 2018 @ 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!...

Specials

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

  • Big Orange: Native Burger, made with products from Arkansas
  • Local Lime: Chicken-Fried Pork Chop Tacos with lime slaw and hatch green chile sauce
  • Zaza: Hot Honey Capicola Pizza and Vietnamese Chicken Salad (will go on the permanent menu)

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a fresh fish entree. The risotto of the week is made with black truffle oil and mushrooms.

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  • US 71

    I ate at Main Cheese a few weeks ago and wasn’t impressed. I won’t miss them.

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Rumbles: Midtown Billiards is Back, The Main Cheese Closes Again, Arkansas Summer Beers Coming Out