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At the Corner restaurant at Scott and Markham streets will celebrate Mardi Gras with its first "Fat Tuesday Beer Dinner,” featuring brews from Lost Forty, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Stop the presses! Or toss out the ashtrays at least. No longer does The Sports Page serve its great cheeseburgers and ginormous chilidogs with a hint of Marlboro.
Tomas Bohm, the owner of Czech and German eatery The Pantry in West Little Rock and The Pantry Crest in Hillcrest, has settled on a name for his new venture in the old Hillcrest Artisan Meats spot: District Fare. The name “suits the Hillcrest location," Bohm said. And besides, he added, "everything else is called Hillcrest” in the neighborhood.
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The board of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division is now chaired by Dan Greenberg, the president of a conservative think tank and a former Republican legislator from Little Rock.
The gubernatorial appointment has not yet been formally announced by Governor Hutchinson's office, to my knowledge (but since Greenberg presided over this morning's meeting of the ABC board, the news seems safe to report). At the meeting, Greenberg said the governor asked him to serve on the board last week.
He replaced former ABC chair Janet Moore, whose term expired in January. Greenberg left the legislature in 2011.
He now runs the Advance Arkansas Institute and remains active in Republican politics.
The ABC board also got a second new board member in Jamie Anderson, a farmer from Lonoke. Anderson replaced Chris Palmer, who was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Commission by the governor in December.
SB 284, the bill to allow sale of all wines in grocery stores, failed on its first run in the House today, with the vote 47-33 and 12 present. So it will receive another vote.
This is the so-called compromise between Walmart, some major grocery retailers and owners of so-called county line liquor stores that operate big stores that profit from sales in neighboring dry counties.
In return for approval by some liquor stores to wine sales in grocery stores, Walmart and grocery stores agreed not to seek local option elections in dry counties for eight years. An agreement on this bill circulated as early as November — powered by lobbyists Bruce Hawkins and Joe Bell — said the governor's office was on board with this proposal though the governor's office has denied taking any ownership in enforcing it, as the agreement says.
Under current law, grocery stores can only sell Arkansas wine or wine from small producers elsewhere. The proposed legislation also provides some grants to Arkansas wineries and encourages building of a wine tourism center in Arkansas.
Owners of some 400 retail liquor stores in Arkansas have opposed the legislation saying it would put a damaging dent in their profits. As a sop to them, the bill allows some expansion to the amount of food that retail liquor stores are allowed to sale, by regulation of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.
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