- INTERSECTION OF RETAIL AND RESIDENTIAL: A planned multiuse building at 15th and Main streets would feature shops and 16 apartments.
It's south of the border — that is, Interstate 630 — and now the flourishing South Main Street
1200 block of MainDistiller and founder Phil Brandon has set a late April opening for Rock Town Distillery's new home at 1201 Main St. The 25,000-square-foot building, which sports the SoMa mural on its street-facing wall, will provide larger tasting and bottling rooms, more barrel storage and allow for more inventory than the previous location in the East Village. There will also be off-street parking right at the door, which was lacking.
The west side of Main is lively, too. Springdale-based Core Brewing is opening second Central Arkansas location at 1214 Main (its other location, on Main Street in Argenta, will remain open). Little Rock's Core has both a bar out front and a game room in the back, with Baggo and ping pong.
As mentioned earlier, the block is also getting a new eatery: the Latin American restaurant Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos, at 1220 Main St., in the space formerly occupied by Piano Craft. Dos Rocas is born of a partnership among The Root Cafe owners Jack and Corri Sundell and longtime Root kitchen manager Cesar Bordon-Avalos and his wife, Adelia Kittrell. Luis Vasquez, who was born in Honduras and has been the breakfast cook at The Root, will run the kitchen.
Dos Rocas (Two Rocks, as opposed to
- UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Villa View apartments on Scott, new housing for SoMa.
1300 block of ScottThe Lasiter Group's 35-unit apartment complex going up on the east side of the 1300 block of Scott Street is aptly named Villa
- COMING TO SOMA: David "Rusty" Thompson's Tusk Holdings will develop this mixed use space at 1424 Main St.
1400 block of MainConstruction on a mixed-use development at 1424 Main St. is slated to begin sometime this spring and take about a year, according to Kate East of AMR Architects, which designed the project. It will feature 16 apartments and five retail spaces
If you pine for homemade ice cream, Loblolly Creamery, with its handcrafted, small-batch ice cream, has a cone for you. Co-owner Sally Mengel, who brings Loblolly to the masses with a food truck and who previously had a soda fountain
- ON THE ROCKS AT THE ROOT: The Jupiter, the Negroni and the Greyhound Fizz are special cocktails that Justin Hurty has crafted for The Root Cafe.
1500 block of MainJust because The Root Cafe's Jack and Corri Sundell have been busy plotting Dos Rocas for the 1200 block of Main doesn't mean they're not thinking up new things for the local-food eatery at 1500 Main they founded in 2011. The Root keeps growing, adding hours and new seating in adapted shipping containers last year. Now, the Root is adding liquor to its beverage menu with help from mixologist Justin Hurty, who is creating
1600 ScottThat two-story, PermaPro-wrapped building you've been wondering about at the southeast corner of 16th and Scott streets will be a live/work space, AMR Architects says. The first floor will be an art gallery — at present called The New Gallery — and studio space; the second floor will be residential.