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.

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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.

Events

  • September 28 @ 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    The Next Course

    at Youth Home, Inc.

    Please join us September 28, 2017 at Albert Pike Memorial Center’s Banquet Hall in Downtown Little Rock for an epicurean evening of delights prepared by some of Arkansas’s best chefs—all benefiting Youth Home, Inc. Enjoy a delicious five-course dinner, while watching how the chefs actually pre...

  • October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine

    at Dickey-Stephens Park

    Join event chairs Allison and Dr. Gary Nash for a celebration of creating and sharing. Our evening celebrates our work of saving and improving lives as well as those who make the work possible. The Festival of Wines: Cocktails & Cuisine is the largest Wine Festival in Central Arkansas and ......

  • 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 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.

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