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Big Orange team to open Little Rock brewery ‘Lost 40’

A new brewery is set to join the Big Orange/Local Lime restaurant group

A new brewery is set to join the Big Orange/Local Lime restaurant group

Local beer in Little Rock is getting another big win:

Yellow Rocket Concepts, the team behind Big Orange, Local Lime and ZaZa is working on a new venture, Lost 40 Brewing Company.

Owned by Scott McGehee, John Beachboard and Russ McDonough, the Yellow Rocket restaurants all focus on craft brews, so it’s not a huge surprise that they’d branch off into brewing their own.

A few details: The brewery will start as a 30-barrel brewhouse located in downtown Little Rock. The brewery will be run by master brewer (and former LR resident) Omar Castrellon, who was most recently at Thr3e Wise Men Brewery in Indianapolis.

Lost 40 is set to open late summer or early fall this year and will include tours and a tap room on-site. The brews will also be available in the Yellow Rocket family restaurants, and distributed to other restaurants across Arkansas.

An email from the group also noted that they are planning new concepts in the works for 2014 and 2015, including new locations of the existing concepts (Local Lime II, anyone?).

Is the Yellow Rocket group taking over the world? Possibly. … Read more >

Pantry to open second location, Rocket 21 moves

Just a few weeks into 2014 and we’re already seeing Little Rock restaurants making some big moves.

In case you missed it, Rocket 21 has vacated its old location on Markham for new digs in the Wyndham in North Little Rock. According to Rocket 21’s new website, the location will be open around January 10 with the same menu and same chefs as the old location.

The site also mentions a new concept heading for the old Markham location which will apparently be revealed in February.

And if you’re hearing rumors that a new location of the beloved West Little Rock outpost Local Lime is heading for the old Rocket 21 spot, keep dreaming. A spokesperson for Local Lime confirmed that while the group had looked at the space last fall, a deal is officially off the table. But at least they were looking, which gives us hope for Local Lime II to eventually be a reality.

The Pantry will be opening a second location in the space formerly known as The House

The Pantry will be opening a second location in the space formerly known as The House

Speaking of restaurant sequels, one rumor that did turn out to be very true? The Pantry, located on Rodney Parham, will be opening a Read more >