Rumbles: New Bathhouse Hotel and Restaurant, Jewish Food Festival Postponed, Kamikaito to Open Next Month

The resurgence of downtown Hot Springs is getting stronger every month. This weekend, Hot Springs mayor Pat McCabe and his wife, Ellen, announced plans to transform the Hale Bathhouse into a boutique hotel and restaurant. The plans call for a nine-room hotel, two of which will be suites, with access to Hot Springs’ famous thermal waters. Plans are still in the works for the restaurant, but Ellen McCabe says there will be two dining rooms, likely one for informal use and the other for dinner service. The couple also plans to put in a juice and smoothie bar. With most of its construction done in 1892, Hale is the oldest bathhouse in Hot Springs. The McCabes expect the project to take five or six months, and hope to have it open by the time racing season is underway early next year.

The Jewish Food and Cultural Festival has announced it will take a year off and not hold a festival in 2018. Festival director Marienne Tettlebaum announced the next festival will take place April 14, 2019. The festival committee is using the time to review activities and talk with vendors and attendees about ways to strengthen the event. The Jewish Food Festival has taken place every year since 2005, recently at War Memorial Stadium. It benefits the Jewish Federation of Arkansas.

It appears we’re less than a month away from getting a new restaurant in the former Argenta Market. Kamikaito by Kiyen’s is slated for a Sept. 14 opening in North Little Rock, more than a year after it announced it was taking over the space. The restaurant is owned by Kiyen Kim, chef and owner at Kiyen’s in West Little Rock. Expect a very similar menu at Kamikaito, with sushi, hibachi and Asian entrees dominating the menu. The Argenta Market space has been vacant since early 2016 when Good Food by Ferneau closed.


And speaking of Ferneau, Donnie and his team with The Southern Frenchie are still alive in this season of The Great Food Truck Race on Food Network. Donnie and Meaghan Ferneau and Amanda Ivy have survived New Oreleans and Pensacola so far. Episode 3 pits them against the other four remaining trucks in a showdown in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for a challenge involving cracking pecans by hand. You can catch The Great Food Truck Race on Sunday night at 8 p.m. (and now that Game of Thrones is done for the season, you really should flip over).

Those of you who were missing Kent Walker Artisan Cheese will be glad to know that Southern Table is now open for business. We stopped by the new bistro for a First Look at the beautifully updated space and the cheese-focused menu.

When the restaurant is as solid as South on Main, you know its top dish is going to be special. We took a close look at the Main St. restaurant’s signature plate: the Hot Chicken Sandwich.


  • March 22 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    430Thursday: Plum Season – Plum Saison

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s time to PUCKER UP and POUR IT DOWN! Our PLUM SAISON is a Farmhouse style ale aged and re-fermented with plums. The plums in this beer add a sweetness that softens the edges and enhances the fruity and funky qualities of the beer. With PATIO SEASON in full swing, ...

  • March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night at Flyway Brewing Co.

    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, March 27th, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some ...

  • March 31 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Rebel Kettle Growler USA Tap Invasion

    at Growler USA

    REBEL KETTLE MAKES ITS WAY TO ROGERS!! Join us at Growlers USA, Saturday, March 31st, at 4pm, for a Tap Invasion and the opportunity to meet our brewing team, Josh, John and staff. Opened in February of last year, Growler USA Rogers is dedicated to pouring 100 percent American-made craft ...

  • April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Beer Yoga

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    Beer Yoga is back, people! And just in time to help kick off the Rebel Kettle anniversary party! Meet us in the beer garden for some yoga, beer, and good times! Then, stick around after class for the rest of the fun events that Rebel Kettle has planned that day! ...

  • April 7 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Beer & Loathing in Little Rock

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s time to come help us celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary with our SECOND ANNUAL BEER & LOATHING IN LITTLE ROCK Music and Craft Beer Festival!! We are kicking off the day with the return of BEER YOGA by Cheers and Namaste Yoga at 10 am. The rest of the ...

  • April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Mudbugs & Bears


    Join us Saturday, April 7 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for Mudbugs and Bears at Buffalo Alumni Hall before the Purple-Gray spring football game. Tickets are $15 and include crawfish and the fixings catered by Eat My Catfish and beverages from Flyway Brewing.

  • April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Food & FoamFest

    at Dickey-Stephens Park

    Food & Foam Fest is a creative twist to the traditional wine tasting event and is a beer sampling event offering samples of over 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs.

  • 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...


Yellow Rocket Concepts has unveiled its specials for the month of August:

  • Big Orange: Pineapple BBQ Chicken Sandwich and Key Lime Pie Milkshake
  • Local Lime: Fried Avocado Tacos with pineapple, lime slaw, and pickled carrots and onions
  • Zaza: Ahi Tuna Niçoise Salad with Arkansas cherry tomatoes, green beans and roasted potatoes

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


Rumbles: New Bathhouse Hotel and Restaurant, Jewish Food Festival Postponed, Kamikaito to Open Next Month