Rumbles – Abbi’s Teas Sets Reopen Date, Diamond Chef, Breweries Team up for Movie Night, and more

Abbi’s Teas and Things in Hillcrest has spent the majority of COVID setting up a little tea stand on the corner during nice weather and focusing on shipping orders for their special tea blends. The little tea shop that could is set to reopen their inside service beginning on May 12th, which should be a welcome re-addition to the area.

Stone’s Throw Brewing and Flyway Brewing are teaming up for a double feature movie night at War Memorial on May 7th. The tickets (which you can order here) will give you access to the classic comedies Space Balls and Three Amigos, along with beer from each brewery and a bucket of endless popcorn.

Pulaski Tech’s Annual Diamond Chef event switches to a virtual event this year on April 22nd. It will feature Chef Jordan Davis (Chenal Country Club), Chef Bonner Cameron (Allsopp & Chappel), Chef Matias De Matthaeis (The Alotian Club), Chef Joseph Salgueiro (Pleasant Valley Country Club), Chef Brian Townley (Executive Chef), and Chef Geovanny Villagran (La Casa de mi Abuelita – Mawmaw’s House) competing against each other for the top chef prize. While it will remain virtual, this year will include an option of a curated box of food and cocktails to enjoy at home while watching the event that can be picked up the day of the event. Tickets start at $75, “party in a box” which includes food for 2 is $150. You can order here.

There seems to be some activity going at two key locations. The former Cathead’s diner in East Village has had construction crews out frequently working on a renovation to the interior of the building. Still no official word on who is taking over the lease, although we continue to hear the McClard’s name pop up as a potential.

Also showing signs of life is the Capital Hotel, which has been closed since the onset of COVID. You may recall right before closing the entire hotel they announced they would close One Eleven and rebrand into a new concept. At the time chef Rob Newton was set to take over the kitchen, no word on if that is still the plan, what the new brand will be, or any time line on reopening the rest the hotel.

Outdoor dining areas in SoMa and Argenta are looking to resume. SoMa’s outdoor dining, set up at 13th and Main will operate weekly Thursday-Saturday every week with trivia on Thursdays and live music on Friday and Saturday. Argenta’s outdoor dining, which shut down Main street in the area, will only set up every third weekend (AKA, this weekend) starting Friday evening and going through Sunday afternoon.

Petit & Keet is hosting a wine dinner on April 22 with Ridge Vineyards. The dinner will feature 5 courses paired with wine for each course. Tickets are $125 a person, full details here. 

Greg Henderson
Author: Greg Henderson

Owner/Publisher - Rock City Eats, Rock City Life, Rock City Times

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