The East Village shows no signs of slowing down. In the span of just this year, the neighborhood has welcomed Cathead's Diner, a new eStem public charter school and most recently, The Rail Yard.
The Rail Yard was dreamt up by sisters-in-law Murry and Linda Newbern, and their aunt, Virginia Young. During a trip to Dallas, they discovered the Texas Truck Yard, a place that plays host to various food trucks and events, and decided it was high time Little Rock had one of these "rolling backyard parties."
"We picked the East Village because we liked this old industrial area in Little Rock that is fast becoming a destination for food, beverage and retail," Linda Newburn says. "It is also close to downtown and cultural centers such as Heifer and the Clinton Library."
The women got to work finding the perfect space in the East Village and building relationships with local food truck vendors. The Rail Yard will host its grand opening event this Thursday, Nov. 15. The fun starts at 4 p.m. with live music and food from Say Cheese and Pinches Tacos food trucks in the yard and Count Porkula (The Rail Yard's staple) inside.
After the grand opening, The Rail Yard will be open seven days a week. The space will host a revolving list of food truck vendors, indoor and outdoor seating, serve beer on tap and offer yard games aplenty. Oh, and The Rail Yard is dog-friendly.
"We hope The Rail Yard will become a backyard party where friends and families can be together and have an old-fashioned conversation," Newburn says.
The Rail Yard is located in the former Recycle Bikes for Kids shop at at 1212 E. Sixth St. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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