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

  • October 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Fountain Fest

    at Arkansas Arts Center

    Fountain Fest is back for its fifth anniversary celebration! Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries, this year’s event features art, music, food, libations, all centered around a surprise installation in the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain. Tickets are $25, and funds will go tow...

  • October 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

    2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival

    at South Main Street Commercial Historic District

    New this year at the 2017 Arkansas Cornbread Festival, many local breweries will be showcasing local flavors. Heifer International will be bringing various outdoor games and some animals from the farm for a local meet-and-greet. The festival will benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and South...

  • October 21 @ 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Festival of Darkness: Nighty Night Release Party

    at Lost Forty Brewing

    THE FESTIVAL OF DARKNESS 2017 Nighty Night Release Party & Celebration of Dark Beer Darkness is coming. And with it, one hellacious party. Our biggest, baddest, boldest 3 Barrel-Aged 2017 batch of Nighty Night Imperial Stout makes it’s limited debut Oct. 21st. The return of our most antic...

  • October 27 @ 12:00 pm - October 28 @ 7:00 pm

    CAF’s Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Central Arkansas Fermenters presents the Third Annual Arktoberfest Challenge Homebrew Competition! With cash prizes and traditional medals, the AHA/BJCP-sanctioned Arktoberfest Challenge should be at the top of every mid-South homebrewer’s list. Combine it with the Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival...

  • October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Arktoberfest 2017

    at Arkadelphia, AR

    Come enjoy the third annual Arktoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Caddo Valley Catfish Cook Off in Arkadelphia, Arkansas! Fun for the whole family including all Arkansas craft beers, a catfish dinner with all the fixins, Arkansas musicians and artisans, free kids’ activities, and more. Come to...

  • November 4 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

    Day of the Dead

    at The Fold: Botanas & Bar

    INAUGURAL DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION 2017 The Fold partners with Habitat for Humanity to celebrate the traditional Dia de los Muertos Keep the Halloween festivities going and join us for our inaugural Day of the Dead Celebration. We will be closing down the whole parking lot surrounding the restaur...

  • April 21, 2018 @ 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