Boscos in the River Market District is offering a daily “cask conditioned ale” during its 3:30-6:30 p.m. happy hour on weekdays. One customer is chosen at random to tap the cask and becomes a Boscos “Cellarman,” is entered into the Boscos Cellarman Hall of fame, receives a free glass and drinks the first beer from the cask.
n CORRECTION: Ashley’s Restaurant is temporarily closed, but the Capital Hotel bar is open to serve drinks, though the bar is not currently offering dining service, a spokesman said. The bar’s status was incorrectly reported in this column last week.
The Capital Hotel’s main kitchen is being redone, as well as some dining room decor.
BURGE’S Smoked ham, smoked turkey and fried catfish are big here. So are fried pies, and old-fashioned fountain drinks like cherry limeade. A ham and Swiss on rye toast (a nice touch) with a soft drink and a package of potato chips was right at $10. A crispy and ample catfish sandwich, similarly accompanied, was about the same. Some might find the baked beans too sweet. We liked them. 5620 R St. No alcohol CC $-$$ 666-1660 LD Mon.-Fri. (closes 6 p.m.) L Sat.
NEW CHINA This particular reviewer’s dentist is in Conway, so we have to make a trek here twice a year. In celebration of the whole family having no cavities on our recent visit, and since the whole family loves Chinese, we stopped at New China. The name “New” China is a misnomer. It has been in Conway for three years, but you couldn’t tell by looking. The restaurant is pleasant, clean and bright with seven gleaming shiny buffet islands of assorted Chinese appetizers, entrees, salads, fruits and desserts. The owners have really put some thought into the layout of the place. There’s plenty of walking space around the islands. There is also a large smoking section room built away from the spacious dining area. And, instead of the traditional Mongolian grill setup, New China has a modern industrial size stainless steel grill in an area right off the buffet area. The grill service comes with the all-you-can-eat buffet. Of course, a regular menu is available, too. The food was as good as any we’ve had in other central Arkansas Chinese buffets. By the time we left, it looked like half of Conway was in there. And this was on a Monday night. 2104 Harkrider Ave., 501-764-1888, LD daily, $-$$. CC.
Satirist Andy Borowitz invoked the name of U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in a humor column poking fun at Republicans running from town hall meetings. Maybe a little unfair to Cotton, who DID hold such an event.
Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.
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.