It’s been open for a few weeks now, but The Wunderhaus in Conway is making it official this weekend. Friday is The Wunderhaus’ grand opening celebration and the first time the restaurant is offering dinner service. Starting this weekend, The Wunderhaus will be open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are strongly encouraged. The Wunderhaus began as The Wunderbus food truck, selling some of Central Arkansas’ best German fare. The Wunderhaus is located near downtown Conway in the former Central Station.
One of the city’s biggest annual concert events is this weekend. Holiday Hangout is Friday and Saturday night at The White Water Tavern, and tickets sold out for both evenings pretty quickly. However, you can still catch several of the acts at Lost Forty Brewing Saturday afternoon during Holiday Hangout Live from the Brewhouse. Each year, Lost Forty brings several of the Holiday Hangout acts to the brewery for an acoustic set. Artists performing this year include Tim Easton, Joey Kneiser, Bonnie Montgomery and Brad Williams. There is no cover, and the event is open to everyone. It starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Santa Claus is going to be making a lot of appearances around Little Rock over the next few weeks, but tonight’s stop is at Graffiti’s on Cantrell Road. Children will be able to enjoy cookies and milk with Santa just from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. (hey, Santa is a busy man). Cookies cost $1 and include all the decorations your child can add. Graffiti’s kicks off the night at 5 p.m. with wine and appetizers in the dining room. Dinner will be served from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. You remember Graffiti’s was recently bought by Armando and Sarah Bolaños, owners of the outstanding La Terraza Rum and Lounge in Hillcrest.
Speaking of Christmas, things are going in full force at the Capital Hotel. The tree lighting took place on Monday, and the Capital is always home to some of the best Christmas time activities in the city. Here is a full list of events going on, or just stop by to see the tree and the setup in the lobby.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts its annual Holiday Open House Saturday, and it includes the popular “Say it ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Contest. Beginning at 2:30, the public will be able to taste and vote for their favorite amateur and professional sweet potato pies for the people’s choice awards. Of course, the final say in the main competition will go to the judges, including local writer Kat Robinson, The Root owner Jack Sundell, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette editor Rex Nelson, and Say Macintosh himself, whom the competition is named after. The Holiday Open House is a free event, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the Stop the Violence organization.
Hot Springs is getting another upgrade to its beer scene starting tomorrow. We took a first look at the new Spa City Taproom that Bubba Brews is opening up right across from Bathhouse Row.
Rebel Kettle’s collaboration beer with Mother’s Brewing will have a release party tonight at Flying Saucer at 5. Stop in to check out the Hipster Banana, a hazy sour New England style IPA.
The most buzzed-about new restaurant this year is now open in downtown Little Rock. We stopped by the new Agasi 7 to check out the food, cocktails and gorgeous view from the rooftop.
Yellow Rocket Concepts has unveiled its specials for the month of November:
- Big Orange: Frito Chili Pie Burger and Pecan Pie Shake
- Local Lime: Lobster and Shrimp Enchiladas
- Zaza: Arkansas Waldorf Salad, and Winter Squash and Sausage Pizza