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

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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.

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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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Events

  • August 19 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Headbangers Ball Double IPA Can Release

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    We’re extremely excited to be releasing our first beer in cans on August 19th! Headbangers Ball, Double India Pale Ale was originally a small-batch brewed for local beer legend, Scott Parton’s (@woopigbrewey) 50th birthday. We’ve since brewed a larger batch for the taproom and agai...

  • August 19 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Headbangers Ball Double IPA Can Release

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    We’re extremely excited to be releasing our first beer in cans on August 19th! Headbangers Ball, Double India Pale Ale was originally a small-batch brewed for local beer legend, Scott Parton’s (@woopigbrewey) 50th birthday. We’ve since brewed a larger batch for the taproom and agai...

  • August 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    On Tuesday, we will be bending for beer during another fun session of Beer Yoga! $10 includes class and your first beer. Please arrive early and bring your mat, towel, and I.D. Event photo courtesy of Haneywood.com...

  • August 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Customer Appreciation Day

    at Me and McGee Market

    An event to come together and visit. Let us show our appreciation to the many amazing people who support us! Meet some of our local producers and farmers and learn more about their products like meats, spices, jams, jellies, eggs and more!...

  • September 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    LIVE Music: Mark Currey

    at Core Public House – North Little Rock Argenta

    Early show. No Cover. Solo acoustic music, great food, and fine Arkansas Craft Beers!...

  • September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Friends and Ben

    at The Capital Hotel

    In early June Capital Hotel beverage director Ben Edwards was injured in a swimming pool accident that left him paralized from the chest down. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and treatment to help recover. Ben is a strong member of the local food community, and his friends in the local ......

  • September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Zoo Brew 2017

    at Little Rock Zoo

    It’s a craft beer fest at the most unique venue in town – the Little Rock Zoo! Taste dozens of brews in your souvenir cup as you meet some new animal friends and listen to some great live music. Zoo Brew takes place in and around the pavilion and inside ......

  • September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Harvest Night 2017

    at Arkansas Foodbank

    Harvest Night is the marquee event for September’s Hunger Action Month! Join us September 16th, 2017 for some fun for the whole family while raising awareness about the important work of the Arkansas Foodbank. For Adults: Live music, BBQ & Catfish from Corky’s Ribs & BBQ Little R...

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