Rumbles: Summer Restaurant Openings, NWA Beers Come to Little Rock, Loblolly Grand Opening Sunday


We’re only weeks away from a few openings in the Central Arkansas area. I spoke with Three Sams BBQ Joint owner Annette Davis about her rebuilding after a fire gutted the restaurant last year. Davis says all that remains are a few kitchen updates, along with finishing touches on plumbing and electricity. I also stopped into Southern Table recently, the new restaurant going into the former Kent Walker Artisan Cheese. The space is gorgeous, and owner Margie Raimondo is shooting to get it open to the public at the end of the month. And in Hot Springs, we should just be weeks away from the opening of Bubba Brews taproom across from Bathhouse Row. That taproom is going into the old Bank of America building. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on all the openings over the next few weeks.

Beer lovers absolutely should not miss the Arkansas Brewers Guild tap takeover on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Vino’s Brewpub. In addition to beer from Little Rock-area brewers, you’ll also be able to get a pour from Northwest Arkansas breweries, like Bike Rack and Apple Blossom. Plenty of brewers will be on hand to chat about their beers and enjoy a pint with you. There will also be live music from Arkansas band The Itinerant Locals. Admission to the event is free.


And after you have your beer on Saturday, make sure you stop by Loblolly Creamery for your ice cream on Sunday. The creamery is holding the grand opening celebration of its new scoop shop on July 16 (incidentally, National Ice Cream Day). All day long, mini scoops will be just $1. In advance of the celebration, Loblolly is holding its happy hour from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. all week long, with buy one/get one free mini scoops. Loblolly recently completed the move into its Main Street scoop shop from the Green Corner Store, where it had been located for several years.

Perhaps lost behind tomato season and berry season in Arkansas is the season the state is best known for nationally. Watermelon season has arrived, and this Sunday, Bernice Garden is holding its watermelon festival celebration. Watermelon tastings start when the market opens at 10 a.m., with special watermelon cooking demonstrations kicking off at 11 a.m. Recipes in the cooking demo include pickled watermelon rind and watermelon smoothies. Then of course, what would a watermelon festival be without a seed-spitting contest? That starts at noon. Bernice Garden Farmers Market is one of the best in the state and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday during harvest season.

And it looks like SoMa really is the place to be this weekend. On Saturday, it will also host the launch of Arkansas Ketchup Company at Green Corner Store from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Amber Davis and John Crowley have been working on getting the company started since last winter, and the two are ready to get their products on Arkansas shelves. Arkansas Ketchup Company’s classic recipe uses nothing but Roma tomatoes grown in Arkansas cooked and prepared over a two-day period. They hope to bring more flavors to the market after getting their business up and running.

This week’s big news: Boulevard Bistro chef Chris McMillan is headed to Yellow Rocket Concepts to serve as executive sous for all restaurants. We caught up with him and Yellow Rocket’s Scott McGehee to see what you can expect from the transition.

Conway, get ready for some high-quality German food! Food truck The WunderBus is making Faulkner County home to its permanent location, and we have the details of where and when you will find the city’s latest eatery.


  • July 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    Join us in the Beer Garden from 7pm-8pm for another awesome session of Beer Yoga with Valerie Talburt. $10 for class and also includes your first beer. Please arrive early and bring your own yoga mat and towel....

  • July 27 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    4:30 THURSDAY! – Blonde Ambition, Dry-hopped Blonde ALE

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    This 4:30 THURSDAY! It’s Blonde Ambition; the Blonde Ale that’s striving to be an IPA. We took our popular Working Glass Hero, Blonde Ale and dry-hopped it with 2 lbs per barrel of juicy hops giving it an amazing fruity aroma and flavor. See you at 4:30pm!...

  • July 29 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    2017 Block on Rock 4th Birthday Bash

    at Stone’s Throw Brewing

    We’re turning 4 at the 2017 Block on Rock Birthday Bash benefiting Preserve Arkansas! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 29, 2017. For our 3rd Birthday Bash in 2016 we had a blast despite a little rain with Music from The Big Dam Horns and help from all of these ......

  • August 5 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

    Ha-Pie Birthday

    at Honey Pies

    Celebrate our first birthday at your Honey Pies shop! We’ll be making confetti mini pies and sampling our latest creation: crust cookies 😍...

  • September 11 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Friends and Ben

    at The Capital Hotel

    In early June Capital Hotel beverage director Ben Edwards was injured in a swimming pool accident that left him paralized from the chest down. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and treatment to help recover. Ben is a strong member of the local food community, and his friends in the local ......

  • September 16 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Harvest Night 2017

    at Arkansas Foodbank

    SAVE THE DATE. This year, Harvest Night will be held in the Arkansas Foodbank warehouse in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 16th, 2017. This fun, family-friendly event will showcase Southern cuisine, craft beverages, children’s activities, and live entertainment. It will be an opportunity for ou...

  • September 16 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Legends of Arkansas 2017

    at North Shore Riverwalk Park

    Legends of Arkansas 2017 is coming up September 16th and we can’t wait to see you all! We’ll be celebrating all things Arkansas at the beautiful North Shore River Walk in NLR this year. Don’t forget that this year the $5 ticket price (kids free!) goes to support The Van! ......

  • October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Arktoberfest 2017

    at Arkadelphia

    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...


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 toasted prosciutto.

  • southernsara

    The Southern Table link is for a West Virginia restaurant!


Rumbles: Summer Restaurant Openings, NWA Beers Come to Little Rock, Loblolly Grand Opening Sunday