Sunday update: Sad news about Maciel’s Tortas and Tacos

Sad news to report today. I wish I were making this up but I’m not. About 8:00 last night the second floor of Maciel’s Tortas and Tacos collapsed. Maciel’s was open at the time and there were injuries. From what I have been told at least one person had to go to the hospital. Needless to say, Downtown’s most authentic Mexican restaurant will be closed for a while. Don’t know if they will reopen. I hope they do, but I understand if the hurdles are too high.

To the folks at Maciel’s: I cannot overstate how many happy faces you have made with your delicious food the past two years. If your Downtown neighbors can do anything to assist, please reach out to us.

From what I’ve heard, the damage would’ve been a lot worse (possibly killing people) if not for the Vent-a-hood that Maciel’s had installed. Scary thing is, I seriously considered having dinner there last night.

I’ve been vacation planning this weekend. Probably for 2018 because I want to save up some vacation days, which are a bit scarce right now. Everyone needs to make the pilgrimage once in their lifetime. I am talking, of course, about the pilgrimage to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the Pabst brewery. I looked it up on Google Maps. It’s in a neighborhood called Westown with no shortage of shopping, dining, and hotels. I want to go to Westown! It will have to be between May and September – wait, June and September because of BBQ Fest – because I don’t like cold weather. I am totally gonna make this trip happen in 2018!

This has also made me realize what I’m looking for in a woman. Someone who will choose going to Milwaukee with me over the beach or a glamorous destination like Las Vegas. Any takers?

I had a good time at the Saucer last night listening to SNOZberry. The Saucer has undergone some improvements lately and I definitely see it coming back on to my rotation of bars at which I spend time. Now that we have reasonable people in charge, can we PLEASE talk about getting some PBR in the place? Several other Saucers carry it.

PBR at the Little Rock Saucer, January 2017

Make ya a deal… get PBR in there and I won’t drink it exclusively. I’ll even start back up on my ninth plate, which I haven’t worked on in three years. I miss drinking high-gravity beers there.

That’ll do it for now. D-RANKS with B-RAD at the Blind Bear is the plan for today, and then possibly over to the Saucer to visit Christina for the night shift. Back tomorrow with more news.