Pub Loses Its Crown

Crown Pub Soon To Be Gone

The Crown Pub on Dickson Street posted to its Facebook page that it will be shutting its doors on May 1 or perhaps a few days before. Apparently the landlords denied a renewal of the lease, and the local niche bar will be seeking a new location.

Shift the Leader

Brian Bailey, service manager for the Fayetteville Visitors Bureau and longtime contributor to the arts, entertainment and community development sector of Northwest Arkansas, announced he will be passing the torch to Tanner Montgomery. Brian was unreachable for details, but his advocacy for First Thursday on the Fayetteville square, his dedication and passion for this area and his commitment to get involved, listen and create action will certainly transfer over to his newest endeavors. I doubt it will be very long before you are hearing his name again.

Art Of Wine

Feeding off the frenzy of timed and creative cooking competitions, “Chopped in the Ozarks” will commence on Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the Walton Arts Center’s Starr Theater.

Audience members will observe these “culinary artists open their baskets of unusual ingredients designed to challenge their creativity.” There will be a panel of judges who will eliminate one chef each round until a Grand Champion Chopper is announced.

The selected chefs are Jerrmy Gawthrop, owner of Greenhouse Grille in south Fayetteville; Dane Main, executive chef of Petit Bistro, a French-Mediterranean bistro and lounge in Bentonville; Chrissy Sanderson, longtime chef, former co-owner of Bordinos and current instructor at the NorthWest Arkansas Community College; and William McCormick, chef at Farrell’s Lounge in Fayetteville.

There will be several other highly anticipated events including The Guy Fieri Food Show, wine tastings and more. Check it out at

To Cap It Off

A few weeks ago I delved into a rant about recycling. Well, don’t expect that conversation to die down anytime soon. It’s a lesson we learned as children, in many ways and phrases: Clean up after yourself. Slow down and pay attention. Wipe your feet or remove your shoes before entering the house.

For every action there is an equal or opposite reaction. Do unto others as you would have them do onto you. Wash your own dishes; these things don’t clean themselves. Close the door behind you. Turn off the light when you leave a room. Brush and floss. OK, the last one seems a little less relevant to recycling and preserving the planet, although once your gums recede they never grow back.

So I ask you to just pause for a minute and think about how you are affecting the world, yourself and those around you. If a little thing like sorting plastic, glass and cardboard can’t be accomplished by a sophisticated, educated, cultured and intuitive species like ours, then we have no hope. Hope is the energy that helps us overcome the most insurmountable circumstances. That and a whole lot of other factors, like unity, integrity, diligence, sacrifice and practice will give us a fighting chance for survival.

So I’ve given this a lot of thought. It is sometimes the simplest of problems that have the most profound solutions. In regards to recycling, why aren’t the caps of plastic bottles recyclable? I have pondered this for a while now, thinking of a purpose for these caps. Maybe they should be pounded into Pogs? Remember those? If you have a better idea, please share. Write me at

Amber Kruth provides a local perspective on news briefs from around Northwest Arkansas — tidbits that make you think and keep you informed.

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