Duck Soup: LR hotel to be sold and “rebranded”

As a guy who has been around the block more than once, being branded the first time is fairly unpleasant. Being “rebranded” is the pits. We might as well face the sad fact that this is going to happen and any “rebranding,” is a downward movement.

Yes, somebody will be doing plenty of work making the place appear a little less opulent. The amenities will be somewhat less attractive and convenient. I could be wrong, but you know that is unlikely. The Peabody will be sorely missed, but the economy catches up with all o fus eventually.

Unfortunately, there seems to be no way out of the outrageous deal that has been grandfathered in to give the hotel operator exclusive rights to serve food in the Statehouse Convention Center. Where are all the patriots when it really counts? Why should not the kitchen facilities paid for by every Little Rock taxpayer be available to all local operators? Free market economics is only allowed when the most powerful have already eaten to the full and all we have left are crumbs.

Maybe the Peabody was too upscale for Little Rock. Lord knows, it must have been like a walk over the blazing coals to find sufficiently educated employes to serve an affluent clientele. What to do now?

I could humorously propose various methods of dispatching the famous ducks and, perhaps, using them in some superb Cajun dish, but you know how the animal rights people react – zero sense of humor. So, I will make no reference to a Farewell Peabody duck shoot-off. No modest proposal for a duck gumbo competition. Let them parade off to a limo and back to wherever ducks go in retirement. I wish I could join them.


About patlynch
I am a broadcaster in Arkansas, a former freelance writer and political columnist in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Writing Coach. Speaker. Director of the Christian Foundations for Ministry program, and presently enrolled in the Anglican School of Ministry Master of Ministry program.

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