We checked in with Scott McGehee of Yellow Rocket Concepts to see how things went over at Heights Taco & Tamale Co. Says McGehee, “On our first Saturday we had over 70 people standing in line all the way around the corner halfway to Sherwin Williams Paint. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t strike a bit of fear into my soul! My amazing staff rallied and executed a nearly flawless lunch and dinner service, with decent ticket times. That day we broke the all-time record for sales in one day for any location. The response has been a bit overwhelming, but also extremely wonderful. HTT is the kind of concept, with the quality of food, beverage program, and ambience, to stand the test of time. It’s been a wonderful experience working with the best team in Arkansas. Now back to Lost 40 and Big Orange to install Spring menu changes!”
Chicago’s Phillys & Gyros opened up on Tuesday. Here’s hoping this place does a pretty mean cheesesteak.
109 & Co. has a variety of new menu options. This from owner Michael Peace: “All meat and cheeses are from Hillcrest Artisan, hummus from Jeremy Rhodes (starting with the original, chipotle, and fresh rosemary & black bean).” For dessert, expect to see crème brulee, white chocolate bread pudding, and blueberry lemon cake.
South on Main will be hosting Mary & Friends, which benefits the Oxford American, on May 15 at 7 p.m. Join Mary Steenburgen and friends for an evening of music, bites, and spirits. Tickets are $200 per person. “Your tax-deductible donation will directly support our creative projects, such as the music and literary programming at South on Main. You will help us print four issues per year with some of the most exciting and insightful reading in the nation, and your support will allow us to keep making the music issues & CDs that you love.” Limited tickets available.
Capeo’s next 3-course wine dinner is set for June 8 at 6:30 p.m. and features Clams and Mussels Steamed in Seafood Broth and Tomatoes with Rustic Grilled Bread (Santa Christina Orvieto), Gnocchi Tossed in a Meaty Ragu Bolognese (Tormaresca Primitivo), Herbed Beef Tenderloin with a Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce and Crispy Fried Potatoes (Santa Christina Chianti Classico). Cost is $55 per person (includes tax). For reservations, call 501-376-3463.
THV-11 reports that Stone’s Throw Brewing will soon be getting a beer garden.
The Preservation Crustaceans event is set for Thursday, May 7 at Argenta Plaza (520 Main St, NLR). A VIP reception is from 5-6 p.m. with general admission at 6 p.m. “Preservation Crustaceans has grown from a backyard gathering in 2001 to the HPAA’s most-anticipated Arkansas Heritage Month event. Now back at its very first location in the Argenta neighborhood of North Little Rock, and still serves all-you-can-eat crawfish and shrimp, potatoes, and corn on the cob – plus beer and sodas.” Tickets can be purchased here.
The Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market is on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1401 S. Main St. Also, May 10 is all about the strawberry: “Strawberry Season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! Come out the the Farmers’ Market May 10th for all things strawberry: cookies, pastries, recipes, and fresh, local STRAWBERRIES!”
If you missed out on meeting Cheryl and Griffin Day of Back in the Day Bakery at the Arkansas Literary Festival, Eggshells Kitchen Co. has a handful of signed copies for purchase.