Restaurants & Food Archive

Central Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas declined in the fourth quarter, Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange said in its latest report.

Yellow Rocket Restaurant Sales Soar in Central Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Yellow Rocket Concept's five restaurants reported almost $11 million in receipts last year, not including alcohol sales, making the group a central Arkansas restaurant juggernaut.

Girl Scouts Tag Along to New WLR Headquarters

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The Diamonds Council, which serves Girl Scouts in most of Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas, is moving from North Little Rock to Arcade Drive in Little Rock.

A&P Accuse White Water Tavern of Having Choppy Tax Bill

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission is trying to shut down the White Water Tavern, claiming the bar and restaurant has not paid A&P taxes for seven months of 2014.

Banks Eyeing EMV, But Adoption Slow

by Sean Beherec 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The race to get American consumers to use debit and credit cards equipped with EMV chips has been more of a sluggish walk than a run in recent years.

Making Change: Social Entrepreneurs on a Mission (Whitney Horton Commentary)

by Whitney Horton 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Businesses have had social impact for a long time, creating jobs and tax revenue for their communities. Yet social entrepreneurs are not content with the rising tide lifting all boats; instead, they go into business with a specific cause in mind.

Arkansas Foodbank Hires Jayne Ann Kita as Chief Program Officer

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 11:31 am

Kita will oversee strategic planning and oversight of all program activities to ensure that food is distributed equitably to member agencies throughout the agency's 33-county service area, according to a news release.

Verizon Arena Tops List of North Little Rock Mixed Drink Sales

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The North Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission shared its latest tallies of restaurant taxes, including those on mixed drinks, and the same 10 were at the top in 2013, though some of the rankings have changed.

Jeremy Hutchinson Amends Alcohol Application Bill

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, told Arkansas Business early last week that he planned to amend his bill increasing the fee to apply to sell wine, spirits and malt liquor, and, indeed, he has.

Wine, Beer Sales Total $235K at Razorback Stadium

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Wine and beer sales at Razorback Stadium during this football season netted the Athletics Department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville $26,126, according to figures provided by the department.

Attorney General Approves Wording for Statewide Alcohol Proposal

by Gwen Moritz 2/3/2015 03:59 pm

State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has given approval to the wording of an amendment to make all counties in Arkansas wet — the same proposal that failed in the November General Election.

Spending Your Gasoline Savings (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The highest average recorded price of regular gasoline at the pump in Arkansas is $3.97. That pinnacle was reached in July 2008. More important, however, is the fact that only one year ago, the average price was $3.09. And today, the average at-the-pump price of regular is $1.90. There exists in the Arkansas economy today a gas price dividend. And that means weekly consumer savings of at least $15.25. So how are you spending the extra money? Or how should you?

Mountain Pure Liquidates In $6 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas assets of Mountain Pure Water changed hands in a $6 million foreclosure sale. Land for future expansion in North Little Rock weighed in at $1.22 million. And a 2,647-SF bank branch in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.18 million.

Texas Alcohol Election Spurs Glazer's To Shutter Texarkana Site

by Sean Beherec 2/2/2015 12:00 am

Liquor distributor Glazer's will be closing a facility in Texarkana with the company “transitioning” at the site in March, the company said last week.

Three Tech Firms Moving to Downtown Conway, Plan to Hire 140

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/29/2015 10:44 am

The firms making the announcement with Gov. Asa Hutchinson from downtown Conway were Metova Inc., of Franklin, Tennessee; Atlanta-based Big Cloud Analytics; and Conway's Eyenalyze.

Report: State Jobless Rate Down to 5.7 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/27/2015 09:35 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent in December, dropping two-tenths of a percentage point from November, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Services.

Tyson Foods to Upgrade Georgia Plant, Add 500 Workers

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2015 07:40 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale said this morning that it plans to invest $100 million in its Vienna, Georgia poultry plant, adding about 500 jobs there.

Harp's Sells Flagship Grocery Store in Springdale

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Harp's Food Stores Inc. of Springdale has sold its flagship store at 2894 W. Sunset Ave., which sits in front of its corporate headquarters.

Central Arkansas Regains Jobs Lost During Recession

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/26/2015 12:00 am

Metroplan last month released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook,” which examines what it calls “the new economy” in central Arkansas in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Arkansas' Biggest Deals of 2014 Soar While Value Slips

by Jan Cottingham 1/26/2015 12:00 am

The mergers and acquisitions spigots were opened wide last year in Arkansas. The number of big deals — those valued at $9 million or more — soared 38 percent, increasing to 101 in 2014 compared with 73 in 2013.