Rumbles: Shooting Forces The Veg to Close, Ira’s Construction Starts Soon, The Wunderbus Looks for Permanent Spot

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The mass shooting last weekend at Power Ultra Lounge that injured 25 people also resulted in the closure of vegan restaurant The Veg. Shiem Swift’s restaurant was located on Power’s first floor, in the space once occupied by Lulav. With Power’s liquor license suspended and the city moving to shut down the business, The Veg suddenly finds itself without a home. Right now, Swift tells me he is searching for a new location while trying to find work for his four team members. Swift has started a campaign on GoFundMe to help secure a new location, pay deposits and purchase any needed equipment to get the restaurant started. If you know of a location or another way to help, you can contact Swift via The Veg’s Facebook page.

For the second time in as many years, The Oyster Bar is cleaning up a mess after a car veered off Markham Street and into the business. This one happened Tuesday while the restaurant was closed for the Fourth of July. Instead of hitting the dining room, the car drove through the office area on the building’s east side. Thankfully, nobody was in the building at the time and nobody was hurt. The Oyster Bar’s Facebook page reports the restaurant will be open today. It’s unknown how long it will take crews to repair the office area.

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Ira Mittelman, chef and owner of Ira’s, says construction has finally begun on his new restaurant on Main Street. Mittelman closed Ira’s Park Hill Grill last year to make the move to downtown Little Rock. However, Mittelman says he’s been besieged by delays due to slow turnaround for building permits and financing. Construction on the restaurant across from Bruno’s Little Italy is due to start this week. Right now, there’s no way of knowing when Ira’s will be open for business.

Speaking of new restaurants, Conway-based food truck The Wunderbus appears poised to announce plans of its own for a permanent location. The food truck’s Facebook page last week shared a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a potential move to a permanent spot in Conway. Then Monday, the page posted a cryptic message: “We have some incredible news, Conway! Stay tuned for exciting announcements!” No word yet as to exactly what that announcement is, though it’s fair to say a permanent spot would fit the description. The Wunderbus debuted it’s German fare menu in 2015 and has been popular at festivals and events around the state every since.

Beloved North Little Rock staple Mark’s Do-Nut Shop has joined modern times and is now accepting debit and credit cards. For years, the eatery (which features some of the best donuts the state has to offer) operated as a cash-only business, forcing some customers to turn around and race to the ATM before Mark’s sold out. In addition, the Mark’s Do-Nut Shop Facebook page is now active and has begun posting updates for the first time we can remember. All this points to a new focus on making life a little easier for its customers. Given how good the donuts are, it probably wasn’t necessary, but kudos to Mark’s for making the effort.

Tomorrow, Rebel Kettle is bringing back its outstanding sour ale Summer Jam. We have that and all the week’s events at Central Arkansas breweries in this week’s Growlers feature.

You might never see him around town, but Shane Henderson is one of the biggest influencers of Little Rock’s food scene. We sat down with Ben E. Keith’s midsouth division executive chef to discuss how he’s helping chefs and restaurant owners around the city.

Events

  • January 23 @ 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

    National Pie Day with Honey Pies

    at Honey Pies Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

    Our favorite day of the year is Tuesday, January 23rd: National Pie Day!! Don’t be left out, pre-order your whole pie or pop in for a mini pie and celebrate Pie Day with us. We’ll be hosting a “check-in” Facebook contest all day at the bakery for a chance to ...

  • January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night

    at Flyway Brewing

    Join us for game night at Flyway Brewing’s tasting room! Game Goblins, your friendly local game store, will be providing unique, fun games of all types. Come on by from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesday, January 23rd, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some ...

  • January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Kat Robinson’s ‘Another Slice of Arkansas Pie’ pre-order party

    at Honey Pies Gourmet Bakery & Cafe

    Our favorite author & Queen of Arkansas Pie, Kat Robinson, is working on a new book for our collection and we couldn’t be more pleased! Join us on National Pie Day for a pop-in reception in Kat’s honor including pie story-telling pie sampling & a pie-themed cocktail provided by o...

  • January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Big Red Ball Homebrew Contest

    at Next Level Events

    Our 5th annual pro-am contest to crown the official beer of the LRKA – Little Rock Kickball Association! We will be raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas again this year. Tickets available now! $25 General Admission: includes hor d’oeuvres, samples from contestan...

  • January 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Little Rock Soup Sunday 2018

    at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

    Ask anyone – Little Rock Soup Sunday is one of THE MOST FUN events in Central Arkansas! The atmosphere is “souper” casual and family-friendly, the food is always delicious, and the cause most important – the future of Arkansas’s kids. The Wally Allen Ballroom will be lined with...

  • February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Italian Wine Dinner

    at Ristorante Capeo

    Travel to the northern province of Piedmont, Italy without leaving Arkansas! Chef Eric Isaac will prepare four courses with special wine pairings that will transport you to the foothills of the Italian Alps. Come feast with friends to benefit our 2018 Nonprofit Partner (to be announced on Jan 9th). ...

  • April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Diamond Chef Arkansas

    at UA – Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute

    The University of Arkansas – Pulaski Tech Technical College Foundation and the UA-PTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute (CAHMI) present the premier culinary competition and fundraiser—Diamond Chef Arkansas. Diamond Chef Arkansas is a competitive culinary competition that pit...

  • April 21 @ 9:00 am

    10th Annual B Street Rib Off

    at North Little Rock, AR

    We’re excited to celebrate 10 years of the B Street Rib Off. Make plans now to join us in April 2018!

Specials

Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of July:

  • Big Orange: Beer-Battered Fried Gulf Grouper Sandwich and Lemon Icebox Blueberry Shake
  • Local Lime: Fried Chicken Tacos with Arkansas Corn and Lime Slaw
  • Zaza: Local Heirloom Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Market Pizza with Soppressata and Peppadews

Ristorante Capeo’s weekly special is a fresh fish entree. Its risotto of the week is made with scallops, shrimp and calamari.

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  • Richie Brewer

    Is it just me, or does a business starting a GoFundMe bother you? Small business loans are widely available. This strikes me as ‘sophisticated’ panhandling. I’ll give a slight pass to The Veg, whose hand was more or less forced, but The Wonderbus wanting to expand? That’s exactly what small business loans are for. At least when Southern Gourmasian did their kickstarter, they offered something in return.

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Rumbles: Shooting Forces The Veg to Close, Ira’s Construction Starts Soon, The Wunderbus Looks for Permanent Spot