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Valentine's weekend restaurant info

posted: 02/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Here's an updated partial list of Valentine's Day and pre-Valentine's Day special meals and/or deals, based on submissions and/or wandering around on the Web. Tight space unfortunately has meant we've had to leave out most menu details, but you can call for details -- and to make reservations, because the chance that you'll be able to walk in and get a table at any place that's taking reservations are somewhere between "slim" and "you've got to be kidding."

Restaurant transitions: Blue Canoe expanding, Hideaway Pizza coming this fall

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Shelli Poole of and the Benton Courier reports that Kay Diemer, who ran Ed & Kay's restaurant at 15228 Interstate 30 in Benton and who still owns the building, has filed suit against peripatetic chef/restaurateur Bruno Beqiri, who leased out the space for the Italian Villa since November 2014, for long-standing nonpayment of rent and breach of the lease agreement. Poole has posted on her site the copy of a letter from the law firm of Jensen Young & Houston to Beqiri that lists arrears of $23,700, covering $4,000 a month in rent and $1,000 a month for furniture, fixtures and equipment payments. A recent Courier story reports that Beqiri owes $18,300 in past due rent, and that according to a filing dated Feb. 2 in Saline County Circuit Court, documents allege that he has failed to pay the entire rent amount each month since July 1, 2015. Beqiri on Monday said that despite reports to the contrary, the restaurant has not closed. We'll keep you posted.

The food trucks stop here @ Station 801

posted: 02/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Little Rock keeps on trucking -- food trucking.


posted: 02/11/2016 1:58 a.m. Discuss

1 WALT DISNEY A gaggle of Disney favorites turn North Little Rock's Verizon Arena into a fantasy land when Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic arrives, 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $21.50-$56.50 plus fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit

Weekend Calendar

posted: 02/11/2016 1:55 a.m. Discuss

Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. Learn to Tango, 7-9 p.m. today, $10.

Fast Forward

posted: 02/11/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Things to do next week and next month NEXT WEEK Lanterns: Wildwood Park for the Arts offers an annual winter tour around the world with Lanterns!, 6-10 p.m. Feb. 19-20 and 6-9 p.m. Feb. 21.

The TV Column: Amazing Race ready, set to go for 28th run

posted: 02/11/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Is The Amazing Race still amazing after all these years? We're about to find out.


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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: TODAY CTLR Bus Stop The Community Theatre of Little Rock will stage Bus Stop by William Inge, 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 18-21 at Studio Theatre, 320 W. Seventh St., Little Rock.

Music: Orchestra, noted singers visit modern Broadway

posted: 02/11/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

"Rock" in association with Valentine's Day usually means the sparkly, shiny, wearable kind. But not when it comes to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's annual Valentine's weekend Pops concert.

Music Scene: Stupid Cupid aids food bank

posted: 02/11/2016 1:52 a.m. Discuss

A Stupid Cupid party will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rev Room. Tickets are $10 or four nonperishable food items for the Arkansas Foodbank.

Music: Alabama's Future Elevators to hit floor at tavern

posted: 02/11/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Michael Shackelford of the Birmingham, Ala., band Future Elevators is on the phone, talking about his group's self-titled debut album, which drops Feb. 19. His daughter, however, is having none of it.

Cooking for a new Valentine? Keep it simple

posted: 02/11/2016 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Re-creating the romance of a restaurant at home might mean a few candles, a nice bottle of wine, a carefully crafted menu.

Selected restaurants

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Weekly theme listings reflect a range of dining possibilities in central Arkansas, across a spectrum of settings and price ranges. Restaurant reviewers' visits are anonymous and all expenses are paid by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Tell Me About It: Don't continue uncommunicative father's pattern

posted: 02/11/2016 1:44 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAROLYN: This fall, my father left my mother at home while he went to spend the winter with friends in Florida (she still works and he does not). He did not tell my mother of his intentions until the week before he left, and it was hurtful to her that he had made detailed plans without her knowledge. He did not tell me of his plans at all; I learned about it from another family member. I recently learned that he intends to make this change permanent, although he has not yet discussed this with my mother or me.

Helpful Hints

posted: 02/11/2016 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: During our editorial meeting here at Heloise Central, where we discuss what's interesting, current or a hint we all just love, an interesting question popped up.




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