I honestly can’t remember an April weekend quite like this one, which features major food events every single day. It starts tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. with the Diamond Chef Arkansas finals at Pulaski Tech’s culinary institute in Southwest Little Rock. Then Friday evening starting at 4 p.m., it’s the first ever Arkansas Italian Food Festival in Riverfront Park in North Little Rock. The Italian Food Festival continues into Saturday, running at the same time as B Street Rib Off in Argenta. The barbecue competition opens to the public at 11 a.m. There’s also the Brews and Bites food truck and beer festival at The Outlets of Little Rock. Then on Sunday starting at noon, it’s the tenth birthday party for Zaza Fine Salad + Wood Oven Pizza. Basically, if you want to get out this weekend, you have plenty to keep you occupied.
The Revolution Restaurant, previously Rumba Revolution, in the Rivermarket has announced its closing after 12 years at the end of this month. The adjacent Rev Room music venue is not part of the closure, only the restaurant portion that previous served mostly as a taco bar will close. The same ownership also owns Stickyz down the road. Owner Chris King says ” It’s been an amazing learning experience, and it’s gotten us even more excited about what our next ventures/adventures will be.”
After decades of business in the Stifft Station neighborhood, Pizza D’Action surprised nearly everyone last week by announcing the restaurant would be changing its name and focus. Right now, a temporary banner covers up the restaurant’s sign promoting the name change to Corner Bar and Grill. So far, the only thing the restaurant is saying is that the name change reflects a new focus on Pizza D’s burger menu. There’s no word whether the change will accompany any renovations or upgrades to the building itself.
It’s not this weekend (thank goodness), but the 34th Annual International Greek Food Festival wants you to save the date for what is always one of the best food festivals the city puts on. This year’s Greek Food Fest is Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20. Like last year, the festival is again charging $3 admission to get in, though you can waive the entrance fee by bringing at least three canned goods to donate to Arkansas Foodbank. The new dishes for 2018 have not yet been announced, though we’ve been promised that some different food is coming this year. This year’s festival will benefit more than half a dozen local charities, including the Humane Society of Pulaski County, Youth Home, and Easter Seals of Arkansas.
One of the city’s most premium restaurant locations is back on the market. Mylo Coffee Co. has announced it will not be opening a new restaurant in the former Afterthought space in Hillcrest, and instead is making the lease available. In a letter posted to Facebook, owner Stephanos Mylonas apologized for not being able to complete the project due to multiple factors. Mylonas said he hopes the next tenant will work to restore The Afterthought to its former glory. Those interested in the space should contact Mylo Coffee Co.
You’re not going to find many lunch menus better than South on Main. This week, we took a look at some of the menu’s newest items that continue the restaurant’s Southern heritage.
Conway’s food scene is once again welcoming a major name to the city. We preview Katmandu Momo’s expansion to Conway and take a peek at some of the brand new menu items.