Restaurants & Food Archive

US Retail Sales Rise Ahead of Holiday Shopping

by Associated Press 11/14/2014 11:43 am

U.S. retail sales rose modestly in October, evidence that recent job gains and lower gas prices are lifting consumer spending as the holiday shopping season begins.

Small Businesses Step Up Holiday Social Media Game

by Associated Press 11/12/2014 10:53 am

There's more to a retailer's holiday social media strategy than posting photos and advertising discounts. Small and independent retailers are getting more aggressive in using Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram in preparation for the important holiday sales season and beyond.

Barbara Goswick, Don Smith Top List of CFO of the Year Honorees

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas accounting professionals took an unaccustomed turn at center stage last Wednesday at the Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Trio of Central Arkansas Locations Generate Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

A breastaurant in west Little Rock, apartments in North Little Rock and a tractor dealership in Sherwood all generated seven-digit deals.

AP Correction: All 75 Counties Approve Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 10:47 am

Every county in Arkansas supported a ballot measure to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017.

Bulk of Arkansas Counties Opposed Alcohol Measure

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 09:34 am

According to incomplete and unofficial election results, just seven counties voted in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment. The measure received the most support in White County, which is dry, and in Columbia County, where voters decided Tuesday to allow alcohol sales in a separate local option election.

Judge To Hear Dispute Over $28K Tab Spent at Visions Nightclub

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/3/2014 12:00 am

A dispute over a bill of nearly $30,000 from the “gentlemen's club” Visions on the northern outskirts of Maumelle has made its way to Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Little Rock Entrepreneurs Raising Funds — And Profile — With Kickstarter

by Jan Cottingham 11/3/2014 12:00 am

A couple of Arkansas entrepreneurs who recently reached their business funding goals through Kickstarter say the crowdfunding platform may be even better at generating interest — and potential customers — than it is at raising money.

Bank Branch Count in Arkansas Dwindles After Mergers

by Gwen Moritz 11/3/2014 12:00 am

After reaching a peak of 1,513 in mid-2008, Arkansas' branch network had fallen to 1,388 as of this year's summary of deposits, which was released on Sept. 29. A net reduction of 54 branches happened in the 12 months that ended June 30.

State Supreme Court Remands Alcohol Question

by Arkansas Business Staff and The Associated Press 10/31/2014 05:32 pm

A sharply divided Arkansas Supreme Court has sent a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in Saline County back to circuit court to determine if there are enough valid signatures to put the question on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Newk's Eatery Expanding to Northwest Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 10/30/2014 12:04 pm

Northwest Arkansas is soon to have a plethora of Newk's Eatery restaurants in the area.

Cleared for Ballot, Wage Hike Faces Easy Path

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/30/2014 09:10 am

The Arkansas Supreme Court's decision to keep a minimum wage hike on the ballot removes the last major hurdle for a proposal that is gaining bipartisan support and faces no organized opposition as Election Day nears.

Arkansas Supreme Court: Minimum Wage Issue Stays on Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/28/2014 08:10 am

Arkansas' highest court ruled Monday that a proposal to gradually raise the state's minimum wage can remain on the November ballot.

Red Lobster Leads Trio of Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Seafood restaurants, a bank branch in North Little Rock and land for a gated apartment project in west Little Rock assembled this week to form a quartet of million-dollar transactions.

Mountain Pure Has New Owner After Stacks Conviction

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

John B. Stacks' rough year continued last week when his Mountain Pure operations were handed over to a new owner after a foreclosure auction on the steps of the Pulaski County Courthouse.

First National Bank of Paragould Gains Northwest Arkansas Presence (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

First Paragould Bankshares Inc. closed on its acquisition of five former Metropolitan National Bank branches in northwest Arkansas.

Signs Show Way to Arkansas Wine Industry

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

When it comes to state expenditures, $26,000 is not a huge outlay. That was the bargain rate for some highway signage Arkansas bought and erected to direct people to the state's wineries.

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.

The Interesting Battle over Alcohol in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 10/24/2014 11:01 am

The Los Angeles Times offers a look at the battle being waged over Arkansas' alcohol amendment that, if approved, would make the entire state wet, and the inconceivable allies it has formed.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent in September

by Lee Hogan 10/21/2014 09:25 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from August to 6.2 percent in September, according to data released by the state Department of Workforce Services on Tuesday.