Trigger Alerts: The Best & Worst of 2013

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 12:00 am  

Bruno’s Little Italy has been reborn at 310 Main St., answering the culinary prayers of many in Little Rock who were longtime fans of the 60-plus-year-old restaurant, while pleasing diners new to the Bruno’s mystique.

Worst Timing

Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton hired the well-known geriatrician Dr. David Lipschitz in October 2012 to handle the medical management of the Healthy Aging Center. But the management let him go less than a year later. The reason? The center couldn’t afford to operate, so it closed.

Best Cheesy Addition To Arkansas Tourism

That would be “cheesy” in a good way, and it’s the Cheese Dip Trail, a concept of the state Department of Parks & Tourism and available on the agency’s website. The entry includes the stirring history of the birth of cheese dip, which, according to Parks & Tourism and Little Rock documentarian Nick Rogers, occurred at a Hot Springs restaurant called Little Mexico, which opened in 1935. Little Mexico later evolved into the original Mexico Chiquito restaurant.

Worst Either/Or

Faulkner County Circuit Judge Michael Maggio gave a Perry County family a choice after it received a $5.2 million judgment against Greenbrier Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The family could take a reduced judgment of $1 million or have a new trial.

The sisters, Rosey Perkins and Rhonda Coppak, administrators of the estate of their mother, Martha Bull, could have appealed Maggio’s ruling to the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

However, the appeals process would have dragged the case on for another 18 months or more.

The family decided to take the $1 million judgment.

Worst Time to Accept An (Alleged) Bribe

Martha Shoffner, Arkansas treasurer, started 2013 under a lingering cloud from legislative scrutiny of her inexplicable dealings with Steele Stephens and his father, Steve.



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