Thanks to yesterday’s icy conditions, the official soft open for Ohia Poké has been moved to today. Ohia Poké is located at 220 W 6th St, which is where Lulav and The Veg, LLC, used to operate. Diners today will get 15 percent off their order. Those who check in on social media will also get a free miso soup or a non-alcoholic beverage. Ohia Poké is the second poke concept to open this month in Little Rock. Poke Hula opened last week on 3rd Street in the former Taco Beer Burrito spot. The poke trend has swept the country in recent years, and it’s good to see it get a chance here in Little Rock.
National Pie Day is this coming Tuesday, and there’s really only one spot in Little Rock where you should be spending it. Honey Pies is marking the occasion with pie specials all day for those who check in on social media. And Tuesday evening, Honey Pies is welcoming Arkansas author Kat Robinson for a pre-order party for her upcoming book “Another Slice of Arkansas Pie.” The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and include a pre-order of the book as well as admission to the pop-in reception, where you pie samplings and a pie-themed cocktail provided by Colonial Wine and Spirits. Get tickets in advance at the bakery or by calling 501-613-7950.
Tomorrow evening, you have a great chance to support an organization that works to support local farmers and get great local produce delivered to you. The Arkansas Local Food Network is celebrating its tenth birthday with a fundraiser party at Lost Forty Brewing. The nonprofit is looking to raise $5,000 in the first three months of this year to upgrade its online ordering system in time for harvest season. Arkansas Local Food Network lets you order online from Arkansas farmers during the week. You then pick up your order on the weekend at Christ Episcopal Church downtown. If you can’t attend the fundraiser, you can donate at this website. As of publishing time, Arkansas Local Food Network was about halfway to its goal.
The First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is set for Saturday, March 17, in downtown Hot Springs, and this year’s king and queen of the parade are from Hot Springs dining scene. Deluca’s owner and pizza genius Anthony Valinoti will serve as king, and Superior Bathhouse Brewery head brewer Rose Schweikhart will be queen for the event. Every year, the parade is one of the most vibrant and festive celebrations in the state. The official parade route is just the 98 feet of Bridge Street. Nationally known celebrities turn out for the event every year, and 2018 will see Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame, N’Sync’s Joey Fatone, and Morris Day of Grand Funk Railroad.
Bruno’s Little Italy has decided to end lunch service effective this week. You may remember Bruno’s opened a deli for lunch service next door to their location that was eventually merged into the main Bruno’s. The hope at the time was to attract more people by allowing seating. Bruno’s will return to their old hours of 5-10pm Tuesday – Saturday.
By the way, today is the last day to vote for your favorite in our Reader’s Choice poll for best liquor store in Central Arkansas. Make sure to cast your vote, then check back Friday to see the winners.