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Updated on February 28, 2011 at 10:18 AM

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Re: “Brave New Restaurant

Ever try to tell somebody from out of town (or here in town, for that matter) how to get to Brave’s? It’s almost impossible, so usually we just take them. Getting there is well worth the effort, though, since we’ve never met a Brave entree we didn’t like, be it veal, tenderloin, or sole. Splendid sauces and great salads, too, and a wide variety of wines. Wait service? Excellent. We especially enjoy dining out on the balcony which overlooks the river. It’s fun to watch the birds (even saw an eagle once), rabbits, raccoons, turtles, and other riverbank wildlife while dining, and there’s a nice view of the downtown skyline, too, which is quite spectacular after dark. Bottom line: This is one of our all-time favorite LR restaurants. We’re what Peter Brave would call “frequent repeats.”

Posted by Durango on 07/12/2010 at 12:34 PM

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Recent Comments

Re: “The window shopping open line; anybody with LR Main Street memories?

“Anybody with memories of window dressings on Little Rock's Main Street when Cohn's, Pfeifer's, Blass, Kempner's and who know what else made it a wonderland for Arkansas kids?”

Lordjess! Some of us then-kids can remember all those places back when Little Rock’s Main Street was, well, Arkansas’s MAIN STREET.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5f-d6Wg…

Great stores, they were, stocked with quality merchandise and staffed with plenty of helpful, knowledgeable salespeople.

The only “dressings” most of us males (young or old) paid much attention to were those of the female shoppers, almost all of whom would be very well-groomed and wearing stylish high heels, hats, and gloves.

That's because for many women from throughout the state, shopping and dining in the capital city's downtown area was a social event of sorts. And this wasn’t THAT long ago, folks.

An often-told Christmastime story in those days — perhaps apocryphal, perhaps not — was that at the close of bidness on Christmas Eve, Little Rock’s downtown Jewish merchants would gather in the Green Room of the historic Marion Hotel.

There, they’d enjoy a joyful evening of dinner, drinks, and cigars replete with laughter and high-5s.

Then, late in the evening before adjourning to head home, the old boys would stand together and loudly sing “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”

I’d tell you more, but it’s time for happy hour ‘round heah!

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Posted by Durango on 12/23/2014 at 5:38 PM

Re: “The Big Gray Apple open line. Plus, could a gay couple get a manger in Fayetteville?

“How great was it to fly nonstop from Little Rock to LaGuardia this morning, an American Eagle flight ending for lack of business in March.”

A pity. Flew it twice in recent weeks. Will miss it.

American’s decision to pull the flight is hard to figure. It has existed only a few months, yet is averaging 70% of capacity despite a crack o’ dawn departure and despite the fact that AA has done next to nothing to advertise or market the flight.

With a bit more investment of time and effort on the part of AA, I believe the LIT-LGA nonstop would have succeeded. An opportunity blown, in my opinion.

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Posted by Durango on 12/22/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “An open line: Plus an Arkie to the federal bench in Texas

“Also, I should add, a good guy.”

Yes, indeed. As are his parents, Bill and Mary. Ditto his late paternal grandparents, Mr. Bill and Miss Bernice. Quality folks, the Schroeders all.

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Posted by Durango on 12/20/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Republican legislators propose to expand execution witnesses to include victim's family

Voted for him, believe he was a fine governor and president, but still can’t erase the memory of Bill Clinton returning home from the 1992 campaign trail to oversee the execution of Ricky Ray Rector, so brain-damaged that he saved the dessert from his last meal “for later.”

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Posted by Durango on 12/20/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “TGIF open line

eLwood,

You may be interested in this book about Clay White who was the resident FBI agent in Hot Springs for 23 years, was the first Arkansas State Crime Lab director, and served six-terms as sheriff of Garland County. I suspect you might have known White.

http://www.garlandcountyhistoricalsociety.…

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Posted by Durango on 12/19/2014 at 10:00 PM

Re: “UA shuts down student voting shuttle in Tuesday election

"Sad day." “Pitiful.”

Indeed. Very much so.

But here’s something equally sad and shameful: The great majority of students at the UofA (graduate and otherwise) are probably not even aware of the issue or Tuesday’s election.

Not if they’re anything like the 50 UCA students polled by a journalism class prior to last month’s general election. All 50 students claimed to be registered voters.

Yet, 42 couldn’t name a single issue on the ballot. Forty-one didn’t know the name of either of Arkansas’s U.S. senators. Only 10 knew it was not a presidential election. Some couldn’t identify the vice president or even the congressional district in which their home town is located.

And on and on and pathetically on.

Don't like saying so, but I suspect you’d find similar political disengagement at Ohio State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, City College of New York or any other school. A manifestation of youth, perhaps.

My Debbie Downer commentary having now been posted, here's hoping the repeal is defeated Tuesday and that some UofA students will have played a role in it.

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Posted by Durango on 12/07/2014 at 1:47 PM

Re: “The Dogpatch USA open line

Cato,

Olphart and plainjim are spot-on about LR being a central location and the AAA having to make championship game site decisions in advance and without benefit of knowing which teams will be playing.

As you’ve pointed out, the real flaw in the site scheduling is that more central locations can’t be found for all the playoff games leading up to the championship event.

For example, you can safely bet that fans of Central Arkansas Christian, Star City, Malvern, and Arkadelphia didn’t enjoy having to go all the way out to Mena to play the Bearcats during the playoffs.

And you can be sure Warren players and fans are happy they’ll be coming to Little Rock and not Mena for the 4A championship game next weekend.

To your question, though, I was at the Bentonville-Fayetteville game today, and it was a humdinger with Bentonville scoring to win in the final seconds.

The crowd? I’m not the best judge of crowd size, but I’d guess something in the neighborhood of 8,500. Respectable turnout, but of course nothing like the Salt Bowl game (Benton vs. Bryant) that draws about 20,000 to WMS every year.

Although Arkansas high school football is bigger nowhere in the state than in the northwest, I seriously doubt the Purple Dogs-Tigers crowd would have exceeded 20,000 had the game been played at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

Heck, I can remember when we couldn’t pull in 40,000 for a Hog game up there. And we did well to get 65,000 to show up a couple of times THIS year.

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Posted by Durango on 12/06/2014 at 9:48 PM

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