NLR Red Lobster Delivers Last-Minute Victory

by Jamie Walden  on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 10:58 am  

It looked like Golden Corral was going to unseat Red Lobster as North Little Rock's highest-grossing restaurant in 2008, but last-minute receipts have returned order to the universe.

The city collector's office in North Little Rock reports that Red Lobster's final 2008 food revenue figure was $5,285,867, up 2.2 percent from 2007, while Golden Corral's all-you-can-eat buffet brought in $5,271,687, up 8.3 percent from 2007. The margin of defeat totaled at only $14,180. Alcohol sales are not subject to the city's 3 percent restaurant tax.

Arkansas Business reported on Feb. 2 that Golden Corral had usurped the throne based on restaurant tax receipts for the 12-month period from December 2007 to November 2008. December 2008 numbers were not available at that time.

Other Changes

Besides the rearrangement of the top two slots in the North Little Rock restaurant hierarchy, the addition of December data resulted in several other changes on the list of the city's 30 highest-grossing restaurants:

  • Jason's Deli, with food sales in 2008 of $2,349,067, ended up taking 14th place instead of 15th, knocking McDonald's on Camp Robinson down to 15th place. The McDonald's location reported $2,337,467 in revenue for the year.
  • Mexico Chiquito and the Pilot Travel Center, which houses a Dairy Queen and a Subway, each climbed a rung, taking the 21st and 22nd slots. Mexico Chiquito reported 2008 revenue of $1,739,128 while the Pilot Travel center brought in $1,721,239 during the same year. The rise of the two restaurants pushed McDonald's in Maumelle down to 23rd place with $1,686,423.
  • Popeye's displaced Whole Hog Café by the narrowest margin on the list. The fried chicken joint, with 2008 revenue of $1,489,460 million, nabbed 28th place by a margin of $260 worth of food. Popeye's rise knocked Whole Hog to 29th with revenue in 2008 of $1,489,200.

An updated list is available here.



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