Long in development, The Root Cafe celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. The local foods-oriented cafe is located in the former home of Sweden Creme, at 1500 S. Main Street. The interior of the cafe can accommodate around 15. Outside there's seating for dozens more. The menu, available at therootcafe.com, includes burgers, homemade bratwurst, a Reuben, a curry chicken salad sandwich, a spicy vegetarian bahn mi and seasonal salads and soups. The cafe plans to be open 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The phone number is 414-0423.
In celebration of the launch of this week's Bar Guide, the Times is hosting a series of Cocktail Compass Parties throughout Central Arkansas on Thursday, June 16. All of our readers who have Cocktail Compass, the portable iPhone app version of our bar guide, will receive special discounts on drinks from Capi's, Cajun's Wharf, Copper Grill, Dugan's Pub, Mallards, Midtown, the Peabody Lobby Bar, Revolution, Stickyz and Town Pump. Meanwhile, Sway will host a Cocktail Compass party on Friday, June 17. Download the Cocktail Compass app at arktimes.com/cocktailcompass.