Chef Scott Rains’ idea of modern American cuisine is this: A quail lollipop served with Tobasco butter and gorgonzola fondue. Smoked octopus with fava beans and kalamata olives. A spinach and sweetbread salad. A tomahawk ribeye, 26 ounces of aged steak. That’s all coming Aug. 20 to Table 28, the restaurant taking the place of Vesuvio in the Best Western Premiere Governors Suites hotel.
About the name: There will be 27 regular tables in the restaurant, which will serve dinner Monday through Saturday, and a 28th special table, where you can reserve a fixed-course meal created by Rains and served with selected wines. The table is a partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital; 65 percent of the tab will go to Children’s. There will also be a full bar serving signature martinis and everything else.