Rumbles: Three Sams Just Weeks Away, AW Lin’s Opening Downtown Spot, End Hunger Week at Big Orange, Petit & Keet Launches Gameday Menu

It looks like we’re just weeks away from Three Sams BBQ Joint opening back up. Owner Annette Jones tells me the final construction step is to glaze the concrete floors in the dining room. After that, the inspectors will give the green light and Jones can start moving in all equipment and furniture. Jones tells me she’s already put up a lot of the decoration in the dining room to try to make the place feel like it used to. Three Sams has been closed for almost a year and a half after burning down in a fire that started in one of the restaurant’s smokers. It is still open for lunch from a concession trailer in the parking lot every Wednesday through Friday, where you can pick up your barbecue and (of course) some peanut butter pie.

Popular West Little Rock Asian restaurant A.W. Lin’s has confirmed it will open a second location in downtown. The new A.W. Lin’s location will open on the 400 block of Main St., across from Bruno’s Little Italy and next door to the under-construction Ira’s. We don’t know much about the new spot, but we do know A.W. Lin’s is targeting an opening in January of next year. While Little Rock has many Asian restaurants, most of those don’t go out of their way to present the “authentic Chinese menu” that A.W. Lin’s provides in additional to its classical Chinese-American lineup. We’ll make sure to keep an eye on this one and update you on the restaurant’s progress.

Big Orange and Big Orange Midtown are holding a week-long event to help fight against childhood hunger. End Hunger Week at Big Orange starts Monday, Sept. 11 and goes through Friday the 15th. During this week, both Big Orange locations will donate 50 percent of sales of three menu items to the Arkansas Foodbank. Those items are:

  • Ratatouille Burger – Turkey burger with eggplant, squash and peppers
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Velvet Orange – Signature frozen cocktail made with Rock Town Distillery vodka

Make sure to stop by for some great food that goes to help a most important cause.

Petit and Keet is rolling out a new game day menu as well as earlier hours on Saturdays for the football crowd. Starting this Saturday they will open up the bar area and patio at 11 and will serve drinks along with a limited game day menu. The new menu items include Korean Beef Tenderloin Tacos, Chickpea & Soybean Hummus, & Roasted Hatch Chile Queso. The full dinner menu will start at 5p.m. as usual.

And this is your final reminder to please make plans to attend Monday’s Friends and Ben event at The Capital Hotel to help raise money for Ben Edwards. Edwards was the hotel’s beverage director when he was paralyzed from the chest down in a diving accident. The Little Rock food industry is coming together for the Friends and Ben fundraiser event to serve up a special dinner with drinks. Guests will also get to participate in a silent auction event. Doctors have cleared Ben to attend the event, so you’ll get to say hi in person. Proceeds will go to help pay for Ben’s medical bills. Tickets are $100 each.

Food festival season kicks off Saturday with the Black Food Festival at Philander Smith College. We took a look at why this festival is so important to the Little Rock food scene.

South on Main has many fantastic dishes on the menu, but if you ask chef Matt Bell, the signature dish is the Hot Chicken Sandwich. We examined how Bell makes it and what makes it so delicious.


  • March 22 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    430Thursday: Plum Season – Plum Saison

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s time to PUCKER UP and POUR IT DOWN! Our PLUM SAISON is a Farmhouse style ale aged and re-fermented with plums. The plums in this beer add a sweetness that softens the edges and enhances the fruity and funky qualities of the beer. With PATIO SEASON in full swing, ...

  • March 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Game Night at Flyway Brewing Co.

    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, March 27th, bring a friend or join a group, enjoy a local brew and some ...

  • March 31 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Rebel Kettle Growler USA Tap Invasion

    at Growler USA

    REBEL KETTLE MAKES ITS WAY TO ROGERS!! Join us at Growlers USA, Saturday, March 31st, at 4pm, for a Tap Invasion and the opportunity to meet our brewing team, Josh, John and staff. Opened in February of last year, Growler USA Rogers is dedicated to pouring 100 percent American-made craft ...

  • April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Beer Yoga

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    Beer Yoga is back, people! And just in time to help kick off the Rebel Kettle anniversary party! Meet us in the beer garden for some yoga, beer, and good times! Then, stick around after class for the rest of the fun events that Rebel Kettle has planned that day! ...

  • April 7 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Beer & Loathing in Little Rock

    at Rebel Kettle Brewing Co.

    It’s time to come help us celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary with our SECOND ANNUAL BEER & LOATHING IN LITTLE ROCK Music and Craft Beer Festival!! We are kicking off the day with the return of BEER YOGA by Cheers and Namaste Yoga at 10 am. The rest of the ...

  • April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Mudbugs & Bears


    Join us Saturday, April 7 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for Mudbugs and Bears at Buffalo Alumni Hall before the Purple-Gray spring football game. Tickets are $15 and include crawfish and the fixings catered by Eat My Catfish and beverages from Flyway Brewing.

  • April 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Food & FoamFest

    at Dickey-Stephens Park

    Food & Foam Fest is a creative twist to the traditional wine tasting event and is a beer sampling event offering samples of over 400 varieties of craft beer from all over the world plus food tastings from generous local restaurateurs.

  • 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...


Yellow Rocket Concepts has unveiled its specials for the month of September:

  • Big Orange: Hatch Burger with hatch green chiles and bacon, and Bananas Foster Milkshake
  • Local Lime: Spicy Hatch Green Chile Queso Flameado
  • Zaza: Muffuletta Pizza and Pear and Prosciutto Salad with pecans and blue cheese

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


Rumbles: Three Sams Just Weeks Away, AW Lin’s Opening Downtown Spot, End Hunger Week at Big Orange, Petit & Keet Launches Gameday Menu