Restaurants & Food Archive

Jane Chu: Main Street Revitalization Awakens a Cultural District

by Lee Hogan 10/7/2014 03:35 pm

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said the revitalization of downtown Little Rock's Main Street has awakened a cultural district.

Chuy's Buy Launches New Project in NLR (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/6/2014 12:00 am

A Chuy's restaurant project in North Little Rock was put in motion by a $1.14 million land deal. A 16,200-SF commercial project in North Little Rock is under new ownership after a $907,000 sale.

To Succeed, Liquor Stores Must Adapt

by Jan Cottingham 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Package stores face in an uncertain environment if voters in November approve the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment.

ALL-CAPS OUTRAGE (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 12:00 am

My position has always been that voters should have a reasonable opportunity to decide the wet-dry question. I would prefer that they be able to decide it on a county-by-county basis, but the liquor store owners, through their friends in the Legislature, made it unreasonably difficult and expensive to get county-specific referendums on the ballot. So now we'll get a statewide vote instead.

Ben E. Keith Names Yvette Parker New Marketing Manager (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Yvette Parker has been named marketing manager for the mid-south division of Ben E. Keith Foods in North Little Rock. For the past year, Parker had worked as a marketing consultant for the Texas-based company.

Little Rock Marriott Caps $16M Renovations with Relaunch Party

by Lee Hogan 10/1/2014 09:58 am

The Little Rock Marriott unveiled the finished result of its $16 million renovation with a relaunch party Tuesday night. The renovation included all 418 guest rooms, and all public meeting and dining spaces.

Boscos Closes River Market District Restaurant

by Lee Hogan 9/29/2014 10:18 am

Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. of Memphis has announced that its River Market District location in Little Rock is now closed.

If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan

by Jan Cottingham 9/29/2014 12:00 am

If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan.

Developers Reimagine Conway's Oak Street

by Michelle Corbet 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Conway's downtown has traditionally ended where Oak Street intersects with bustling Harkrider Street, but city planners and commercial developers are attempting to push that historic envelope further to the east. Developers plan to link historic downtown Conway with additional options of dining, shopping and health care along Conway's reimagined vision for Oak Street.

Fayetteville Site Draws Starbucks (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 9/29/2014 12:00 am

The word that Starbucks is coming to Wedington Drive in west Fayetteville is now official, and the coffee shop is bringing some dental care, too.

Cole McCaskill on What's Central To Bringing More Tourists to Hot Springs

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/29/2014 12:00 am

Cole McCaskill is a Hot Springs native who recently stepped into the newly created position of downtown development director. His job is to manage the Hot Springs Metro Partnership's Strategic Plan for Downtown Development, which grew out of the February fire that destroyed the historic Majestic Hotel.

Groups Argue Over Alcohol Measure on Arkansas Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/26/2014 09:43 am

Opponents of a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all Arkansas counties argued Thursday it would lead to liquor stores opening near churches and schools, an accusation the group behind the measure denied as the two sides filed briefs before the state's highest court.

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 07:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Hot Springs' Citizens Building Eyed for New Development

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Fayetteville attorney Robert Depper and LSC Hotel Restaurant Management Co. of El Dorado have formed Let Us Revive Hot Springs Downtown LLC, with hopes of renovating one of the city's historic downtown buildings into a boutique hotel.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

Matt Lile Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Agrees to 1-Year Prison Sentence

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2014 04:58 pm

Lile, 56, agreed to pay full restitution for stealing from Cosmopolitan Life Insurance Co., which state insurance regulators took into receivership in 2009. Lile was also well known as the former owner of Lulav restaurant in Little Rock.

UCA Moves Forward with Feasibility Study on Mixed-Use Development

by Lee Hogan 9/19/2014 10:42 am

The University of Central Arkansas moved a step closer to putting a mixed-use building on campus after its board of trustees on approved a feasibility study for issuing bonds for a proposed 67,500-SF center at the corner of Donaghey Avenue and Bruce Street.

Bar Louie Coming to McCain Mall in 2015

by Lee Hogan 9/16/2014 04:44 pm

Bar Louie is opening its second location in Little Rock. The popular restaurant chain, which has 88 locations in 24 states, is set to open another spot at McCain Mall in North Little Rock early next year.

ARK Challenge: Eatiply Founder Not Your Typical Young Entrepreneur

by Mark Carter 9/16/2014 10:32 am

David Woodbury isn't typical of the young entrepreneurs you'll find at startup accelerators like the ARK Challenge. Woodbury moved his family from their native Minneapolis to Little Rock to compete in the ARK and grow LinkedCause, which had already launched the TOMS Shoes-inspired Eatiply campaign.

West Little Rock Hosts $1.4M Boot City Buy (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Development of a 20,000-SF Cavender's Boot City store is in motion in Little Rock's Gateway Town Center after a $1.38 million land deal. And the Town Pump and its adjoining liquor store in Little Rock's Riverdale area changed hands in a $500,000 sale.