Restaurants & Food Archive

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Makes Powerful Push Into Arkansas

by Jan Cottingham 8/6/2018 12:00 am

In Arkansas, where Freddy's had four restaurants as of late 2017, the chain now has eight, with at least two more announced and even more likely after that.

Atypical Coffee Not Your Regular Cup of Joe

by Jan Cottingham 8/6/2018 12:00 am

Atypical Coffee of Little Rock sources its beans directly from coffee growers around the world and roasts them locally.

New Starbucks Planned for Little Rock

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/2/2018 11:04 am

Another Starbucks is in the works for 10721 Kanis Road in Little Rock, the former home of Dunkin' Donuts.

US Consumer Confidence Edges Up in July

by Associated Press 7/31/2018 11:54 am

Americans were a bit more confident about the economy in July, but their expectations for the near future dimmed slightly.

Annual US Worker Pay Gains Rose at Fastest Pace Since 2008

by Associated Press 7/31/2018 11:50 am

U.S. workers saw their annual wages and benefits rise in the second quarter at the fastest pace in nearly a decade, a sign that the low unemployment rate is forcing employers to raise pay to attract and keep workers.

Consumer Spending Up Solid 0.4 Percent in June

by Associated Press 7/31/2018 11:46 am

Consumer spending rose by a solid 0.4 percent in June, while a key gauge of inflation increased at an annual pace of 2.2 percent for a second straight month — the strongest back-to-back gains in six years.

AccorHotels Takes 85 Percent Stake in 21c Hotels

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/31/2018 11:29 am

AccorHotels of Paris, France, buys an 85 percent stake in 21c Museum Hotels of Louisville, Kentucky, a contemporary art museum and boutique hotel chain that has a location in Bentonville.

Pine Bluff's Hotel Pines Undergoing a Transformation

by Jan Cottingham 7/30/2018 12:00 am

Some people view a derelict hotel and see what has been lost. Others possess a different kind of vision: They see beyond what was lost to what remains and what can be again. Stuart Hee and his partners in the nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising are in the latter camp.

Hard Work Keeps Core Brewing from Going Belly Up in Crowded Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/30/2018 12:00 am

The founder of Core Brewing & Distilling Co. discusses how the “grit” instilled by a tough childhood inspired his success.

Old Post Office Sells For $2.3M in Fayetteville (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 7/30/2018 12:00 am

Arnold Holdings LLC, led by Mike and Jane Arnold of Little Rock, bought the 13,450-SF building at 1 W. Center St. The seller was Fayetteville OPO LLC, led by Jim Huson of Fayetteville.

Waymo to Launch Pilot Program with Walmart

by Associated Press 7/25/2018 09:25 am

Google spinoff Waymo says it's launching a pilot program with Walmart later this week that will allow customers to use its self-driving car service to pick up groceries at Walmart stores.

Ruth's Rumor Puts New Steak House on Chenal

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/23/2018 12:00 am

Reports from west Little Rock say that Ruth's Chris Steak House is going into the former Del Frisco's Grille location at The Promenade at Chenal shopping center.

Glenwood Townhomes in Conway Sell for $3 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/23/2018 12:00 am

This week's six-pack of real estate transactions encompasses a town home project in Conway, a mixed portfolio of Pulaski County property north of the Arkansas River, a tele-store in west Little Rock, a retail project in southwest Little Rock, an office building in Little Rock's Riverdale area and a restaurant in Benton.

Snack Company Releases New Wicked Product

by Jordan Johnson 7/23/2018 12:00 am

Moonlight Mixes of Little Rock has released a new snack product line called Wicked Minis in three flavors — Garden Dill, Garlic Parmesan and Crushed Red Pepper.

Hampton Inn Transaction Checks In at $11.9 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/23/2018 12:00 am

A group led by Bhavin Sharolia bought the 16-year-old, 26-room hotel at 1301 S. Shackleford Road in west Little Rock.

Not Your Grandparents' Retirement Village: Boomers Choose Amenities Fitting Their Lifestyles

by Marty Cook 7/16/2018 12:00 am

Baby boomers — the generation born from 1946 through 1964 — are a huge reason retirement communities are big business.

Little Rock PR Pros See Moral in Tale of 2 Red Hens

by Kyle Massey 7/16/2018 12:00 am

Little Rock PR and reputation management professionals see the Red Hen incident and its aftermath as teaching moments. They're lessons of the modern age, when social media can be judge, jury and reputational executioner in days or even hours.

CEOs Aren't Talking to Customers (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 7/16/2018 12:00 am

Given the truth that CEOs are ultimately responsible for the growth of the enterprise, one detail stands out: “Most of our CEOs were dismayed to discover how little time they spent with their customers — just 3% on average.”

Benton, Craighead Counties Top Arkansas List of Incoming Investments

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/9/2018 12:00 am

SmartAsset, a financial technology company based in New York, considered a number of factors to create its listing of the counties in Arkansas that have the most incoming investments

NLR Apartments, WLR Freddy's Frozen Custard Highlight Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/9/2018 12:00 am

Apartments in North Little Rock, an eatery in west Little Rock, a distribution center in Maumelle, a former restaurant in Little Rock and two homes in Little Rock's Robinwood neighborhood provide this week's six-pack of multimillion-dollar real estate transactions.