Rumbles: Who is Closed on the 4th, Ira’s Opening Monday, The Clean Eatery Contest, La Terraza Mojito Day

Due to July 4 landing squarely in the middle of a week this year, most restaurants and breweries will be open tomorrow. Some exceptions include EJ’s, David’s Burgers, At the Corner and Kontiki African Restaurant. If you’re planning on heading out for lunch or dinner tomorrow, be sure to check with the restaurant to make sure it’s open for business.

This time, it’s for real. Ira’s Restaurant is set to open Monday for dinner, capping 18 months of planning, renovation, construction and red tape. When it’s done, Ira’s will complete its move from Park Hill to Main Street in downtown Little Rock, taking up residence in the Rose Building across from Bruno’s Little Italy. The most recent set of delays were due to having to move an exhaust fan and a lengthy time in getting final permitting squared away. Ira’s will be open for dinner service Monday through Saturday to start. Chef and owner Ira Mittelman is planning on adding lunch service a few weeks later to give his staff time to get their feet under them. He has also talked about a Saturday brunch service later this year.

The Clean Eatery feeds more people per week than most food businesses in the state, and this month the team wants to prove it can help you lose weight. The food delivery and meal planning service is looking for 25 volunteers to participate in a 30-day slim-down challenge. The Clean Eatery will handle meal prep and delivery for these 25 folks. Prizes will be awarded for the top five finishers, including $100 for second place and $250 for first. This is the first time I can remember a business offering a challenge like this in Little Rock. To get more information, leave a comment on The Clean Eatery’s Facebook post.

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National Mojito Day is coming up next week, and there’s really only one place you should be celebrating. La Terraza Rum and Lounge in Hillcrest sells our favorite mojitos in the city, and the restaurant will be going all out Wednesday, July 11, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Regular mojitos will go for $4, with pitchers going for $20. Specialty mojito pitchers will be $36. You can also try La Terraza’s crazy oversized Mega Mojito for $18 ($27 for specialty), or you can sample a mojito flight of three glasses for $10. La Terraza is also doing all-night happy hour pricing and will have some live music there to boot. These are seriously world-class mojitos, and at that price, you should be putting this event on your calendar.

If you need somewhere to celebrate America’s independence this week, you might want to stop by Capital Bar and Grill. The venerated restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner paired with local beer options all this week. It starts with a watermelon and arugula salad with Flyway Bluewing, then goes to a house-smoked pulled pork sandwich with Lost Forty’s Love Honey Bock. The meal ends with the Capital’s famous banana pudding and Lost Forty’s Day Drinker Belgian Blonde. The whole meal is $35, which is certainly more than fair. This deal lasts until Saturday.

Ever wonder who’s behind the excellent cuisine at West Little Rock’s Petit and Keet? We sat down with executive chef Steve Binotti in our Rising Stars feature last week.

What started as a small cinnamon roll business has bloomed into a bakery that has a presence all over Little Rock. We talked with Matcha Norwood about Cinnalightful’s rapid growth and what the future holds for the company.

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Rumbles: Who is Closed on the 4th, Ira’s Opening Monday, The Clean Eatery Contest, La Terraza Mojito Day