Restaurants & Food Archive

Million-Dollar Deals on Buffet in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A trio of Faulkner County properties changed hands in seven-digit deals. The biggest of the three at $5.25 million is St. Andrews Place.

Three More Restaurants Raise Bar on List of Mixed Drink Sales

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Whispers has an update to last week's report on mixed drink sales at Little Rock restaurants. We reported 2013 mixed drink sales for the 10 Little Rock restaurants that met two criteria: served mixed drinks and were near the top in food sales.

Alcohol Sales Amendment Falls Short of Signatures, Has 30 Days to Collect More

by Lee Hogan 7/18/2014 12:20 pm

An amendment that would legalize alcohol sales across the state has 30 days to gain the more than 17,000 signatures it needs to be put on the November ballot. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said Friday after the verification process, the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment fell short of the 78,133 required signatures.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent But Labor Force Smaller

by Lee Hogan 7/18/2014 09:42 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell for the ninth consecutive month in June to 6.2 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive month that the state's unemployment rate has been below 7 percent.

Arvest Consumer Survey Shows Arkansans Mixed on Economy's Health

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 7/17/2014 08:57 am

Arvest Bank's first consumer sentiment survey finds Arkansans have a dimmer outlook on the economy than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri.

Minimum Wage Plan Meets Initial Signature Count

by Associated Press 7/16/2014 01:45 pm

A proposal to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot after petitions for the measure passed an initial signature count.

Arkansan Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of USA Rice Federation

by Jan Cottingham 7/15/2014 03:23 pm

Dow Brantley, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and a prominent Arkansas farmer, has been elected chairman of the USA Rice Federation.

Mixed-Drink Sales Vital To Restaurant Bottom Lines

by Jan Cottingham 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Since some cities have levied local taxes on sales of alcoholic beverages, a missing factor of our top-selling restaurants can be learned.

Geovanni Leiva Brings Family Coffee from Guatemala to Leiva's Coffee in Sherwood

by Brandon Riddle 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Leiva's Coffee of Sherwood is brewing up a philosophy of generosity, combining homegrown coffee with a belief in helping the less fortunate. The way to accomplish this: offering coffee bean growers a greater percentage of profits to allow for reinvestment in underserved communities.

Chuy's Ringing Up Former Saturn Property in NLR

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Chuy's, the popular Tex-Mex chain, is on its way to North Little Rock. With 27 locations open and more on the way, it will be setting up shop at 5105 Warden Road.

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said.

Conway's Second Chick-fil-A Opens Thursday

by Lee Hogan 7/10/2014 08:22 pm

After 10 years with only one location, Conway's second Chick-fil-A opens Thursday at 2510 Prince St. The restaurant will employ 60 workers, and have seating for 139 patrons indoors and another 40 outside.

UCA Gauging Retail Interest in Mixed-Use Development

by Lee Hogan 7/10/2014 11:04 am

The University of Central Arkansas is starting to look into the interest levels businesses may have in being a part of the first phase of the university's renovation of Donaghey Avenue.

Alcohol Sales Amendment Meets Initial Signature Requirement

by Lee Hogan 7/9/2014 09:18 pm

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment has met the initial signature requirement, and is one step closer to making its way to the November ballot.

New Shops Coming to The Promenade at Chenal in Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 7/9/2014 09:51 am

A new 8,000-SF building, set to house four new shops, is now under construction at The Promenade at Chenal in Little Rock. The multi-tenant building is set to be completed in the fall.

Our Community, Our Dollars Submits Petitions in Saline, Craighead Counties

by Lee Hogan 7/7/2014 04:41 pm

The local option ballot question committee pushing for the legalization of alcohol sales in three Arkansas counties turned in signatures to two county clerks Monday.

Central Flying Service Still Aloft After 75 Years

by Brandon Riddle 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Born out of wartime-driven pursuits, Central Flying Service in Little Rock has since propelled itself as an aviation pioneer after 75 years in business, an anniversary the company celebrates this year. The fixed-base operator's founding mission as a flight school is still ingrained in its current philosophy.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

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

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Upscale Rivals Play Catch-up to Cache in Sales Receipts

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

Cache has been open only since mid-December, yet it's on track to blow by the competition among Little Rock's full-service, fine dining, white tablecloth restaurants in total sales, including the usual leader, Sonny Williams Steak Room.The restaurant, co-owned by Crews & Associates CEO Rush Harding and his son, Payne, is located at 425 President Clinton Ave. in the River Market District, in the $14 million, 59,000-SF Arcade Building.

Illinois Company Sour Over Fayetteville Distributor's Lack of Sugar Rush

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

An Illinois company that was expecting nearly 35 million pounds of sugar by the end of 2015 was shocked when the Fayetteville supplier canceled the contract in April.