Dance your way down East Fourth Street during Heart Beat of Reno, a 12-hour block party on Saturday, Feb. 11—yes, the Saturday before Valentine’s Day. House DJs will be bumping tunes at Dead Ringer, Black Rabbit Mead, Lead Dog Brewery and Abby’s Highway 40. Eat, drink, support local artists and celebrate love. Find tickets, for $35, on Eventbrite.

Thursday, Feb. 9 is National Pizza Day. Celebrate with a slice from local purveyors, and look for specials throughout the month.


The Reno Public Market is officially open at what was once Shoppers’ Square, at 299 E. Plumb Lane. With a variety of shops and a dining hall touting 15-plus food and drink options, guests can get their fill of whatever they fancy—and even listen to live music. Reno Public Market is open every day except Tuesday; renopublicmarket.com.

The Hangout Bar + Kitchen just opened inside the Swift Sportsdome, at 1465 S. Meadows Parkway, in south Reno. Brought to you by the team at Blend Catering, the menu features elevated versions of comfort classics like pizza, sliders and wings, but also surprising items for a sports bar such as pork belly bao buns, oysters and lobster fries; www.thehangoutreno.com.

Rebel Pioneer Bakery’s brick-and-mortar location has opened at The Sticks, 704B S. Virginia St., in Midtown. Rebel Pioneer is an organic bakery featuring whimsical cakes, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and an array of gluten-free and vegan options; www.rebelpioneer.com.

The team at Perenn has opened Claio, a “Greek-ish” restaurant at 3886 Mayberry Drive, in Reno. The restaurant is centered around a rotisserie featuring chicken, lamb and sweet potatoes. Menu items include souvlaki and salads designed for easy takeout; claiorotisserie.com.

Dumpling Queen opened on the newly renovated back patio of Abby’s Highway 40, 424 E. Fourth St. The kitchen is a converted 1948 Airstream and offers xiao long bao (Chinese soup dumplings) from Washington State’s XCJ. The menu is currently just chicken, pork and pork/shrimp dumplings; soon to come are veggie dumplings and noodles; www.dumplingqueenreno.com.

Armando & Sons, an “old school/new school” butcher shop, opened at Rancharrah, 7600 Rancharrah Parkway, Suite 110. Customers can find best-in-class meat and seafood, specialty food products and dine-in or takeaway from a select menu of burgers, sausages and soups; armandoandsons.com.


Little Philadelphia, a Kietzke Lane icon since 1980, has closed. Owner Jorge Ramos is stepping away and selling the business.

After five years of serving German-American food in Midtown, Brauhaus 701 is closing. It will be replaced by Tequila Catador, a tequila bar and upscale Mexican dining experience, slated to open sometime in February.

Maude Ballinger is a food writer who grew up in Reno, studied communications in San Francisco, and earned her master’s degree in Global Communications in Paris, France. She is the founder of Fork Me,...

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