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

  • January 18 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 Thursday: Richard Persimmons Sour Saison

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    SWEATIN TO THE OLDIES WITH SOUR BEER. This #430Thursday we’re introducing Richard Persimmons Sour Saison – a super small batch Sour Saison refermented with almost 100 lbs of locally grown persimmons. ABV: 4.5% ~ Taproom only! Available in 8oz & 12oz pours and growlers to-go. advertis...

  • 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...

  • April 21 @ 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