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.

Want fantastic food downtown? At the Corner has you covered. We explored the diner’s new, delicious-looking menu in a feature last week.

Events

  • July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    Join us in the Beer Garden from 7pm-8pm for another awesome session of Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt. $10 for class and also includes your first beer. Please arrive early and bring your own yoga mat and towel....

  • July 27 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 THURSDAY! – Blonde Ambition, Dry-hopped Blonde ALE

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    This 4:30 THURSDAY! It’s Blonde Ambition; the Blonde Ale that’s striving to be an IPA. We took our popular Working Glass Hero, Blonde Ale and dry-hopped it with 2 lbs per barrel of juicy hops giving it an amazing fruity aroma and flavor. See you at 4:30pm!...

  • July 29 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    2017 Block on Rock 4th Birthday Bash

    at Stone’s Throw Brewing

    We’re turning 4 at the 2017 Block on Rock Birthday Bash benefiting Preserve Arkansas! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 29, 2017. For our 3rd Birthday Bash in 2016 we had a blast despite a little rain with Music from The Big Dam Horns and help from all of these ......

  • August 5 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Ha-Pie Birthday

    at Honey Pies

    Celebrate our first birthday at your Honey Pies shop! We’ll be making confetti mini pies and sampling our latest creation: crust cookies 😍...

  • September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Friends and Ben

    at The Capital Hotel

    In early June Capital Hotel beverage director Ben Edwards was injured in a swimming pool accident that left him paralized from the chest down. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and treatment to help recover. Ben is a strong member of the local food community, and his friends in the local ......

  • September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Harvest Night 2017

    at Arkansas Foodbank

    SAVE THE DATE. This year, Harvest Night will be held in the Arkansas Foodbank warehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 16th, 2017. This fun, family-friendly event will showcase Southern cuisine, craft beverages, children’s activities, and live entertainment. It will be an opportunity for ou...

  • September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Legends of Arkansas 2017

    at North Shore Riverwalk Park

    Legends of Arkansas 2017 is coming up September 16th and we can’t wait to see you all! We’ll be celebrating all things Arkansas at the beautiful North Shore River Walk in NLR this year. Don’t forget that this year the $5 ticket price (kids free!) goes to support The Van! ......

  • October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Arktoberfest 2017

    at Arkadelphia

    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...

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