Snow sent many residents looking for a warm place with hot food Thursday afternoon.
After being snowed in for a day, Alan Davis and his family slogged home from Morrilton, where they had visited family for the holiday. At about 2 p.m. Thursday, the Davises — Alan, Shara and 8-year-old Caleb, were eating at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar off Amity Road. The restaurant was full of people looking for a safe haven from the cold and snow, said restaurant manager Adrian Payeton.
"A lot of people are without power," Payeton said. "They go to the city for warmth and a good meal."
The restaurant was among the few to open Wednesday and had about 100 customers that day. About double that number showed up Thursday. Nearly every table was filled with families well after the typical lunch rush.
The Davises said they were lucky. They didn’t lose power in Morrilton or in Conway.
"If we’d have lost power, life would’ve been bad," Shara said.
In Morrilton, 10 people and three dogs had gathered for Christmas, she said.
On Thursday morning, Alan Davis went to work, but he said he could have used another snow day. The family had played in the snow, including a snowball fight, he said.
"I could use off another Friday," Alan said.
"I’m kinda used to this off thing," Shara agreed.