Restaurants & Food Archive

Gateway's Grove Project Adds to 2015 Commercial Construction

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

A 33-acre piece of Little Rock's Gateway Town Center development is poised to add some new commercial construction in 2015.

VCC Goes Big in Vegas with $344M Downtown Summerlin Project

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Completing a half-built, 1.5 million-SF retail-office center in less than 18 months presented a desert challenge for VCC LLC. The sprawling Downtown Summerlin project in the western suburbs of Las Vegas also represented unfinished business for the Little Rock general contracting firm.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

Speakeasy Bar Opening Friday in Downtown Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 12/4/2014 11:19 am

Downtown dwellers and cigar smokers may have noticed Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge closed in November. On Friday, a bar is opening in its place.

Community Coffee Opens Arkansas Depot

by Associated Press 12/3/2014 07:31 am

A Louisiana coffee maker says it has opened a new sales and distribution center in Little Rock.

Arkansas State, Haag Brown Partner for 26-Acre Commercial Development Project

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 12:30 pm

A partnership between Arkansas State University and Haag Brown Commercial of Jonesboro is eying a 26-acre tract in northeast Jonesboro for commercial development.

More US CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

by Associated Press 12/2/2014 11:33 am

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.

Arkansans More Pessimistic About Finances, Feel Better About Major Household Purchases

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 10:40 am

Arkansans feel more pessimistic about their current and expected financial situation, but feel more optimistic about buying major household items, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Winery Rumors Flourish on Grapevine

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Winemaking is coming to the River Market and a Wiederkher is planning another wine-and-brew operation. Dennis Wiederkehr, VP and national sales manager of Wiederkehr Wine Cellars in Wiederkehr Village, plans to open Dionysus Wine & Brew in nearby Altus for his wife, Sharla, to run.

Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Drew Smyly, Father Buy Beef 'O' Brady's In Maumelle

by Jan Cottingham 12/1/2014 12:00 am

For Todd Smyly, father of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly, going in with his son to buy the Beef ‘O' Brady's franchise in Maumelle wasn't much of a stretch, for a lot of reasons.

IRS Change Too Late for Structuring Defendants

by Mark Friedman 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Patrice Duncan said she and her husband never thought much about bank deposits for their family-owned business in Conway until Jan. 24, 2012. That's the day the Internal Revenue Service seized $94,500 from the company's account.

No Daily Report, Morning Report or E-newsletters on Thursday, Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/26/2014 11:03 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report, Morning Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Thursday and Friday in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sierra Fowler Named Interim Executive Director at Farm & Food Innovation Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/25/2014 01:18 pm

The Farm & Food Innovation Center Inc. of North Little Rock has named Sierra Fowler as its interim executive director.

Evaluating New Minimum Wage's Effects (Michael Pakko Commentary)

by Michael Pakko 11/24/2014 12:00 am

With the passage of ballot initiative No. 4, the minimum wage in Arkansas will increase in three steps to $8.50 per hour in 2017, $1.25 above the current federal minimum, making Arkansas one of many states to increase the minimum wage above the federally mandated level.

Red Lobsters Serve Up $8.4M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/24/2014 12:00 am

ARCP RL Portfolio V LLC purchased the Red Lobster at 3707 McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock for $4.98 million. ARCP RL Portfolio VI LLC bought the Red Lobster at 8407 W. Markham St. in Little Rock for $3.44 million

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

On Dec. 9, Fayetteville voters will decide the fate of Ordinance 5703 — commonly known as Chapter 119 — which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace or in housing based on veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic background.

Tyson CEO Donnie Smith: Hillshire Opens Door to More Growth

by Marty Cook 11/19/2014 01:17 pm

Donnie Smith, CEO and president of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, said Wednesday that it's an exciting time to be in the food business, especially as the company moves forward after its $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands Inc. of Chicago.

The Hop Diner is Closing; At the Corner Opening in Its Place

by Lee Hogan 11/19/2014 10:43 am

Little Rock Soirée, our sister publication, has news that The Hop Diner is closing its doors after seven years of business.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse Coming to McCain Mall

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/19/2014 07:21 am

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is on its way to McCain Mall in North Little Rock. It's expected to open summer 2015.

Little Greek Restaurant Opens in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/19/2014 07:08 am

Little Greek Restaurant is expanding into northwest Arkansas. The Florida-based Greek restaurant opens its second location in Arkansas on Wednesday