Rumbles: Eat My Catfish Expands to Little Rock, El Cubano Loco Closes, Bell's Brewing Comes to the Rock, and more

Benton based Eat My Catfish is adding a Little Rock location. The new spot will be at 10301 N Rodney Parham Rd, the former location of Barbara Graves, directly in front of the Breckenridge Theatre. Eat My Catfish started off as a food truck in 2008. In January of 2012 owner Travis Hester opened their first brick & mortar location in Benton, and then their second in Conway in 2013.  The new restaurant is expected to open in June of 2016.
Our favorite charity dinner, No Kid Hungry, is holding a dinner in Bentonville July 18th at the Hive. These dinners fill up fast, so we wanted to call it out a bit more. These are really outstanding dinners and for a great cause. The dinner features multiple courses prepared by award winning chefs. On deck for the Bentonville dinner is Rob Newton (Nightingale Nine) – Brooklyn, NY, Matt Bell (South On Main), Travis McConnell (Bentonville, butcher and deli), Luke Wetzel (Oven & Tap), and Matt McClure (Hive).
Cuban food truck El Cubano Loco is calling it quits. The owners cited personal reasons that prevented them from continuing to operate the truck. They opened last September and quickly grew a following in the food truck scene.
Bell’s Brewery is now available in Little Rock. The famed Michigan based craft brewery has been high on the list of desired breweries to come to the state for many beer fans. Distribution officially began this week and should start rolling out over the next week or two. If you want to get your hands on some first, O’Looney’s is offering special prices on pre-orders that will deliver April 25th, and Big Orange Midtown is hosting a tap takeover on the 26th.
Ciao Baci has a great new menu out, get the scoop and a first look at some of the top new menu items.
Hot Springs Brewing is starting to pick up steam. Superior Bathhouse Brewery just released a Spring/Summer seasonal lineup, while we also took a visit to Bubba Brews who recently announced an expansion.
Skye’s Little Bistro is officially off and running. They held their dinner soft opening last night and their lunch opening on Monday. The bistro is located in Stratton’s Market, next to Dugan’s Pub and features a variety of cheese and meat boards along with sandwiches. Here is your first look on the spot. 
April 21st Diamond Chef Arkansas Recut – The popular culinary competition returns to Pulaski Tech’s culinary school, pitting six local chefs and culinary instructors against one another in an Iron Chef-style competition. Attendees will be treated to hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while watching the action. Tickets for the event are on sale now.
April 21st RCE’s Truckin’ Thursdays – Rock City Eats is launching our monthly food truck meet next Thursday at Bryant First Methodist Church (same place as Trucksgiving). The meet will run from 5-7 every third Thursday of the month. This month we have Beast Food Truck, Fork in the Road, Rick’s Beignets, Green Cart Deli, The WunderBus, Honey Pies, The New Cheesecake Company, Kincaids Coffee and Crave.
April 23rd International Food Festival – Get a taste of food from around the world at this special event at the Islamic Center of Little Rock. Admission to the event is free. In addition to the food, there will be activities for children and other entertainment.
April 26th Bell’s Brewing Tap Takeover – Big Orange Midtown is set to give you the first taste of Bell’s brewing with their tap takeover. They will have 7 of Bell’s beers on tap along with a special bar snack pairing.
April 28th Table 28 Surf-n-Turf Wine Dinner – This four-course wine dinner promises to show off some of chef Scott Rains’ talent in presenting some unique dishes. Tickets are $90 per person, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call (501) 224-2828 to reserve your seats.
April 30th Wild Wines Festival – This massive fundraiser for the Arkansas Zoological Foundation will feature food from 50 restaurants and more than 200 bottles of wine to sample from O’Looney’s Wine & Liquor. Tickets start at $75, and all attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Get your tickets today.


Yellow Rocket Concepts has released its specials for the month of April:

  • Vietnamese Spring Burger, Freeman’s Cinnamon Roll Cake at Big Orange and Big Orange Midtown
  • Black Cherry S’Mores Tart, Chicken-Poblano-Spinach Quesadilla at Local Lime
  • Arkansas Spring Salad with watermelon and Easter radishes at ZAZA

Greg Henderson
Author: Greg Henderson

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

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