Restaurants & Food Archive

Nontraditional Benefits, Unusual Perks Growing In Popularity

by Luke Jones 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Increasingly, companies are looking to offer benefits that fall outside the normal range: flexible hours, paid lunches, ice cream on Fridays. These perks might not be mentioned in the company handbook, but they're becoming more important in attracting a new generation of employees and keeping the old ones.

Government, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods Remain Atop Largest Arkansas Employers List

by Marty Cook 4/7/2014 12:00 am

The names of Arkansas' largest employers remain mostly unchanged from a year ago — and every year. State government is still atop the list with nearly 57,000 employees.

Johnny Kincaid To Leave Whisenhunt

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/7/2014 12:00 am

Johnny Kincaid, chief operating officer at Little Rock's Whisenhunt Investment Group, will be leaving the firm by midyear.

More Arkansas Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, Sorghum Expected

by Associated Press 4/6/2014 04:28 pm

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is predicting more acres of rice, cotton, sorghum and soybeans planted in Arkansas this year with fewer acres dedicated to corn and winter wheat.

Wage Proposal Could Have Coattails (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2014 04:23 pm

Supporters of a minimum wage increase in Arkansas say they're hoping to win support from politicians on both sides of the aisle. But with two of their top candidates supporting the proposal, Democrats clearly hope the issue has coattails.

US Employers Add 192k Jobs; Rate Stays at 6.7 Percent

by Associated Press 4/4/2014 08:50 am

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March and hired more in January and February than previously thought. Friday's government report sent a reassuring signal that the economy withstood a harsh winter that had slowed growth.

Arkansas Grown Push Aims to Connect Farmers, Buyers

by Lee Hogan 4/3/2014 11:08 am

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is working to bring more attention to its Arkansas Grown program in an effort to connect local farmers with consumers.

Website Seeks to Bring Together Food Workers, Employers

by Lee Hogan 4/2/2014 09:33 am

Culinary and hospitality workers and employers have a brand new tool to help bring them together. A new website launched this week, ARFoodJobs.com, to help these two groups connect exclusively.

K-MAC Buys 21 Taco Bell Restaurants in Oklahoma City Market

by Lee Hogan 4/1/2014 09:15 am

K-MAC Holdings Corp., a large restaurant franchisee headquartered in Fort Smith, added to its operations in Oklahoma on Tuesday with the acquisition of 21 Taco Bell restaurants.

Arkansas' Unemployment Rate at 7.1 Percent in February

by Lance Turner 3/31/2014 09:11 am

The state Department of Workforce Services says Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in January to 7.1 percent in February.

Flashbacks of Arkansas Business' First 30 Years (Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 3/31/2014 12:00 am

To celebrate Arkansas Business' 30th anniversary, the staff decided to pull out and reprint some of the stories that we felt were the most important, the most interesting and the most fun. Arkansas Business is still reporting on the state economic scene with business executives as its readership, sticking to its mission of providing the revealing, memorable and important business news available in Arkansas.

Andrew Kilgore: Portraits in Black and White

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/31/2014 12:00 am

Beginning with the last issue of 1984 and continuing into 1988, Andrew Kilgore photographed business legends and up-and-comers for the cover of Arkansas Business.

Lee Richardson Takes Helm as Owner, Executive Chef of Packet House Grill

by Lee Hogan 3/25/2014 03:41 pm

The award-winning, former executive chef of Ashley's at the Capital Hotel is now the owner and executive chef of Packet House Grill in Little Rock.

Farmers Markets Sprout In Arkansas' Urban Areas

by Jan Cottingham 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Farmers markets have mushroomed in Arkansas in the last couple of decades. "The whole buying local concept was just starting to take off," says Zachary Taylor of the Arkansas Agriculture Department. "Now, it's really grown by leaps and bounds."

Women Can — And Men Can, Too (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 3/24/2014 12:00 am

There may be a few jobs out there in which every man — person — for himself is a winning strategy, but a rising tide generally does lift all boats. All of us should ask: Am I protecting myself to my own detriment? Would I be more successful or happier or richer or less stressed if I shared the opportunity?

Izard Food Park Provides Place for Food Trucks

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Edward Bailey, a broker at Flake & Kelley Commercial, and his friend Thomas Edwards are seeking to take advantage of the food truck trend with the opening of the Izard Food Park at the southeast corner of Izard and Third streets.

Last Call for Wild Turkey at Arkansas Bottling Plant

by Associated Press 3/21/2014 10:40 am

Fourteen people will be out of work as the bottling of Wild Turkey bourbon moves from a Fort Smith plant to a facility in Kentucky.

Student Entrepreneurs Launch 'Gourmet Holery,' Hope to Partner with Copper Grill

by Mark Carter 3/20/2014 09:22 am

A pair of Little Rock high-school students are in the process of launching the city's first "gourmet holery," and they might be doing so in partnership with a prominent local restauranteur.

Mike Beebe Names 36 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 03:08 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday announced a judicial appointment as well as 36 appointments to state boards and commissions.

Newk's To Open Second Little Rock-Area Location

by Jan Cottingham 3/17/2014 10:39 am

Newk's Eatery plans to open a second central Arkansas location, this one in the Park Avenue development, site of the old University Mall, in Little Rock.