Juanita's Mexican Cafe and Bar, the venerable Tex-Mex fixture on South Main, has been sold. Johnny Weaver and his wife, Alicia, closed a deal to buy the place last Wednesday. The seller was the widow of long-time owner Frank McGehee.
Existing management will stay in place said Weaver, 37, an auction company owner and occasional singer with the band 13X, which plays Juanita's from time to time.
“My passion is the same as yours,” Weaver said. “It's with the restaurant and its location. It's been a special place for me. … We're just going to pick up the ball and keep things rolling. We hope to do what Frank would have done to complete his vision of things.”
Changes on the entertainment side: Future live music shows will be 21 and up. There'll be no more 18 and older nights. “I also can see do-ing more radio station promotions and more theme nights,” he said.
Also, he said, he hopes to fill a few “holes” in the menu with some dishes he's seen in Texas and Southern California, plus additional salsas made to his wife's family recipes.
One menu addition: a fish taco made not in the Little Rock fashion with battered and fried fish, but with grilled fish, in the Mexican style.
The Little Rock School District announced yesterday that Karina Bao, a senior at Little Rock Central High School, had scored a perfect 36 composite score on the four-part ACT test, an achievement by less than a tenth of one percent of the 2.1 million who took the test.
Little Rock police responding to a disturbance call near Eighth and Sherman Streets about 12:40 a.m. killed a man with a long gun, Police Chief Kenton Buckner said in an early morning meeting with reporters.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is installing Sol Lewitt's 70-foot eye-crosser "Wall Drawing 880: Loopy Doopy," waves of complementary orange and green, on the outside of the Twentieth Century Gallery bridge. You can glimpse painters working on it from Eleven, the museum's restaurant, museum spokeswoman Beth Bobbitt said
Ted Suhl, the former operator of residential and out-patient mental health services, has lost a second bid to get a new trial on his conviction for paying bribes to influence state Human Services Department policies. Set for sentencing Thursday, Suhl faces a government request for a sentence up to almost 20 years. He argues for no more than 33 months.
After the success of the Main Street Food Truck Festival last year, the Downtown Little Rock Partnership is organizing a regular event, Main Street Food Truck Fridays, scheduled to kick off Friday, April 13.