We have no shortage of food news throughout Arkansas, so each week, we’ll be providing you with a snapshot of the goings-on inside the culinary world, from events to specials to restaurant openings to awards. Do you have news to share? Please email our food editor, Kevin Shalin, at kshalin@aymag.com.


There’s some big news brewing in Little Rock’s SoMa district. Mockingbird Bar & Tacos has a new draft beer partner: Prestonrose Farm and Brewing Co. Starting July 2, Mockingbird Bar & Tacos will carry 12 Prestonrose products, including its Heritage pale ale, Blue Centennial, Hawk & Horse porter, as well as rotating seasonal brews and its non-alcoholic Ginger Ale and “Roots” Beer.


Speaking of libations, Arkansas’ own Rock Town Distillery is making waves across the pond. Last week, it was announced that Rock Town’s Single Cask Bourbon has been chosen by Berry Brothers and Rudd to be the first bourbon bottled under their prestigious British label.


On June 12, the west Little Rock Dairy Queen opened to the public, which was apparently a record-setting affair for the local franchise company. Apparently, hungry customers began camping out of the Cantrell Road location at 10 p.m. the night before its opening.


Have you seen the updates to SoMa? We caught a glimpse of the soon-to-come Original Hot Dog Factory’s progress last week.


‘Tis the season for seasoning — and cooking in the kitchen or backyard. AY always has you covered with all the best recipes for you and your family. Like Sandy Bradley’s Lemon Ice Box Pie recipe. Or our advertising coordinator, Jacob Carpenter’s Deconstructed Green Been Bundles.


And you know AY’s staff has eaten plenty of local food this week. For the latest stop on the Beer and Bar Food Bucket List, Heather Baker indulged in a decadent happy hour at Table 28 in Little Rock. Food editor Kevin Shalin sliced into a “fantastic” filet at Allsopp & Chapple. And associate editor Katie Zakrzewski spent her Thirsty Thursday in Mountain Home at Rapp’s Barren Brewing Co.


Tune back in next week for the next taste of Arkansas food news.


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