Rumbles: So Restaurant’s Regina Smith Passes Away, Cilantro’s Grill Closes, New Happy Hour at Raduno

The longtime owner of SO Restaurant in Hillcrest has died. Regina Smith passed away Friday at her home surrounded by her family and closest friends. Smith had fought cancer and health issues for years while running the restaurant and making the chocolate sack dessert that she introduced to Little Rock’s food scene more than a decade ago. On Facebook, SO head chef Cody Rudd said “Her generosity and compassion have made so much of my life over the past few years possible. Just know that She wanted SO to live on, and that’s what is going to happen, we’ll all do our part to make this place run just the way she would have wanted it to. She did a lot for us up here and we are far from repaying that to her and her family.” The family is holding visitation services Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., and funeral services Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Life Church in North Little Rock. Smith’s favorite color was red, and her favorite pattern was leopard print. The family is asking guests to wear red or an animal print in her honor.

North Little Rock’s Cilantro’s Grill has closed its doors for good. In late November, owner Ignacio Jimenez posted the closing notice on the restaurant’s Facebook page, thanking his loyal customers for their business and promising to see them again soon. Cilantro’s was one of the more authentic Mexican restaurants in North Little Rock, serving up classics like posole and making tortillas fresh every day. While Cilantro’s is now closed, fans of the business should know that Jimenez also owns Nacho’s Fine Authentic Mexican in Cabot, which is still going strong.

Raduno Brick Oven and Taproom is changing up the traditional happy hour model. Instead of a set discount on a particular food or beverage item, each weekday Raduno is open will have its own special sale from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays have drink specials as well as $5 meatballs and whipped feta. Wednesdays are for lower prices on wines and whiskeys, and Thursdays will have rotating draft beer specials. This all kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. with a special launch party event.

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Maumelle barbecue restaurant Smoke Shack now has a new website up and running. While shackbarbq.com has everything you would expect, like the menu, contact information hours and media reviews, it also has a small shop that sells the restaurant’s rub mix and sauces. When we stopped by Smoke Shack for a feature earlier this year, we were especially impressed with the restaurant’s sauce lineup. All three – Original, Hot, and Sweet & Spicy – were very well made and capably accented the smoky meat. All three sauces run $4.95 a piece, while the spice rub is $5.95. If you don’t have time to stop in at the restaurant (and you should make time at least once to go), this is a great option for getting some of the best barbecue sauce in town to your home.

Events

  • January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 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!

  • 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...

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Rumbles: So Restaurant’s Regina Smith Passes Away, Cilantro’s Grill Closes, New Happy Hour at Raduno