Rumbles: Restaurant Construction Updates, Ceci’s Announces Opening Date, Diamond Bear Taps Local Brewer for Top Job


We’re still awaiting word on what caused the fire early Tuesday morning that destroyed Cotham’s Mercantile in Scott. The restaurant was closed Monday for Memorial Day, so nobody was injured in the fire that started around midnight. The fire did remind us to check on construction progress for several other Central Arkansas restaurants that are rebuilding after fires. Three Sams BBQ Joint has targeted July for its reopening after a fire spread from a smoker in March 2016 and badly damaged the building. Midtown Billiards had originally scheduled its grand opening for June 1 (that’s tomorrow), but so far no official announcement has been made about being ready for tomorrow evening. And Stoby’s in Conway has walls up on its new building. However, somebody using the Stoby’s Facebook account posted that the restaurant like wouldn’t be ready before late July.

Ceci’s Chicken and Waffles has closed its Little Rock location and has announced its grand opening date for its new spot in Conway. Ceci’s will open Tuesday, June 6, at 1600 Dave Ward Dr. Owner Ciceley McDowell chose to relocate when the space that once belonged to Bleu Flame Burger came open. The new restaurant has much more seating and several features in the kitchen that should allow Ceci’s to grow its business nicely. By the way, show your college ID any time at Ceci’s and you’ll receive 10 percent off your meal.


Diamond Bear Brewing Company has kept it local in the hiring of its new head brewer. Nathan Greubel, who was recent making beer with the Central Arkansas Fermenters organization, has taken over brewing duties after Jeremy Whitehead departed for the same position at a brewery in Austin, Texas. Greubel has already started working on Diamond Bear’s signature brews and sent out his first batch of the brewery’s famous pale ale last week. By the way, if you missed it last time, Greubel is bringing back Stripper Sweat, a summer ale brewed with mango and passionfruit and finished with a robust helping of food-grade glitter. That one sold out in 14 minutes last time. It’s back on June 16.

Southern Table should be announcing its reopening date sometime next week. You remember Southern Table is the new wine-and-cheese concept that is taking over for Kent Walker Artisan Cheese on Cross Street in Little Rock. Southern Table is owned by Margie Raimondo of Raimondo Family Winery, who is keeping the cheesemaking business going under the Southern Table name. Walker sold his business to focus on a career that allowed him to spend more time with his family.

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  • January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Diamond Chef Arkansas

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    10th Annual B Street Rib Off

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Rumbles: Restaurant Construction Updates, Ceci’s Announces Opening Date, Diamond Bear Taps Local Brewer for Top Job