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Eric E. Harrison

Features Reporter/Columnist

Features reporter, columnist

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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

posted: 02/11/2016 5:45 a.m. Comment 1

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.


posted: 02/11/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

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.


posted: 02/09/2016 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts:

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: St. Olaf Choir tour to sing Bach, Kurt Weill, hymns

posted: 02/07/2016 2:04 a.m. Discuss

The Northfield, Minn.-based St. Olaf Choir, organist James E. Bobb and conductor Anton Armstrong, on a 17-city national winter tour, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sanctuary at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock.

Restaurant transitions: Raduno temporarily closed, Dixie Cafe applying for alcohol

posted: 02/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Raduno Brick Oven & Barroom, 1318 S. Main St., Little Rock, posted a Facebook explanation for its temporary closure this week: "Hey Little Rock, due to some unforeseen issues, we are going to take the rest of the week off to give our staff a small break as well as some general house cleaning. Raduno will reopen its doors Friday night or Saturday morning at the latest! We hope to see you at the 2016 SoMa Mardi Gras Parade. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Raduno & Crew."

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Loca Luna's face-lift fits well

posted: 02/04/2016 5:45 a.m. Discuss

Our take on Loca Luna: We've always liked the food and enjoyed the atmosphere, but we just hadn't yet found the single menu item that would get us back as more than occasional customers. Given the diversity of the menu at this Riverdale neighborhood eatery and watering hole, that's always been kind of a surprise.

Entertainment notes

posted: 02/04/2016 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: TODAY Cheaper theater The Royal Players will stage Cheaper by the Dozen, Christopher Sergel's adaptation of the book by Frank B. Gilreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 7 p.m. today-Saturday and Feb. 11-13 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 14 at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton.

MUSIC REVIEW: Concertmaster, Stradivarius ace concerto

posted: 01/31/2016 2:41 a.m. Discuss

Hearing Kiril Laskarov ace Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with his musical mates from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center: Spectacular.

Ephemeral blooms

posted: 01/31/2016 2:31 a.m. Discuss

As an art student in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, Nathalia Edenmont wasn't encouraged, and maybe wasn't allowed, to be creative.



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