Restaurants & Food Archive

Restaurateur Bruno Beqiri Pleads Guilty to Hot Check Charge

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/18/2015 12:00 am

Long-time central Arkansas restaurateur Bruno Beqiri of Bruno's Italian Bistro on Thursday entered a negotiated plea of guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court to what had been a felony hot check charge.

Whittling Away at the FOI (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/18/2015 12:00 am

We can't make a strong “it's in the public's interest” argument that these tax receipts should be public, but our public — meaning our readers, including restaurant owners, investors and workers — was interested, and we're sorry we will no longer be able to publish information so useful to the business community.

Smashburger to Open May 27 in Bentonville

by Marty Cook 5/14/2015 01:27 pm

Smashburger will open its Bentonville restaurant May 27 at 500 S.E. Walton Blvd.

VIC Portfolio Firm Develops Treatments for Poultry Bacteria

by Mark Carter 5/13/2015 10:01 am

Akeso Biomedical of Boston, a portfolio company of VIC Technology Venture Development of Fayetteville, announced Tuesday that it has licensed a new class of compounds to treat bacterial infections, including one transmitted to humans from chickens.

Whole Foods Giving Market Heap Of Help

by Marty Cook 5/11/2015 12:00 am

Whole Foods broke ground in August for its new location at the College Marketplace at 3525 N. College Ave., which is just south of the Northwest Arkansas Mall and new flyover bridge connector to the Fulbright Expressway.

No More 'Night Market' This Year in Little Rock River Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Farmers Market's Tuesday market will return to morning to mid-afternoon hours once the Tuesday market opens on June 2. Last year's “night market” from 3-7 p.m. was an experiment that failed, said Diana Long, director of River Market operations.

The Business Value of Listening (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/11/2015 12:00 am

There are reams of articles on listening, with approaches that vary widely. Most of what is required to listen, however, is to pay attention, remove distractions and remain fully present for the work in front of us.

Enrollment Continues Post-Recession Slump at Top Universities, Colleges

by Gwen Moritz 5/11/2015 12:00 am

College enrollment in Arkansas topped out in the 2011-12 academic year, the second year of lottery scholarships when the state's unemployment rate was near its post-recession peak.

Professional Degrees Edge Doctoral in Earnings, Unemployment Rates

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/11/2015 12:00 am

The education categories in the graphic reflect only the highest level of education attained. They don't take into account completion of training programs in the form of apprenticeships and other on-the-job training, which may also influence earnings and unemployment rates.

Fort Smith Keeps Top Spot in Arkansas Tech Business Index

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/6/2015 08:45 am

Fort Smith retained the top spot in the latest Arkansas Tech Business Index, released Wednesday. It has led the index in 10 of the 14 months Tech has produced the ATBI.

Venture Center's Pre-Flight Program Graduates Second Class

by Mark Carter 5/5/2015 10:53 am

The Venture Center's latest Pre-Flight class includes three startups that identified specific problems in their respective markets and proposed solutions.

Get Tickets Now to Arkansas Business Power Breakfast on Women Business Leaders

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 10:48 am

Tickets are available to the next Arkansas Business Power Breakfast, which features experts who will share strategies on recruiting, retaining and inspiring women in the workplace to be leaders.

Hillshire Business Helps Drive Tyson Foods' 2Q Sales

by Lance Turner 5/4/2015 06:56 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale reported second-quarter net income of $310 million, up 45 percent from the same quarter last year as sales in its Prepared Foods division shot up after the company's purchase of Hillshare Brands last year.

Small Package. Big Idea. (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Five current trends in packaging in soft drinks may be measuring up for shoppers. You no doubt have noticed a relatively new Coca-Cola can, much smaller than the 12-ounce package. That's the size consumers became used to as the result of a 1955 test-market program for export to American military personnel stationed overseas.

Partners Work To Revive Back Yard Burgers Brand

by Jan Cottingham 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Josh Powell and his father, Gifford, are working to revive a brand once popular in central Arkansas: Back Yard Burgers.

New State Law Ends Public Reporting of Restaurant Revenues

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/4/2015 12:00 am

The Arkansas General Assembly, in a move generating little publicity, last month enacted Act 1102, which exempts local option taxes, also called hotel-motel-restaurant or HMR taxes, from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Consolidation Pares Roster of Arkansas Banks

by Gwen Moritz 5/4/2015 12:00 am

2014 started with 120 separate banks chartered in Arkansas and ended with 109. Two have become inactive in 2015.

Restaurant Sector Embraces Alternative Funding

by Jan Cottingham 5/4/2015 12:00 am

Restaurants, breweries and similar businesses in Arkansas increasingly are finding crowdfunding a valuable source of alternative financing. Arkansans see it as a way not only to finance special projects but as an important tool to promote buzz and buy-in, essential components of a successful startup.

Starbucks Breakdown Shows How Registers Have Evolved

by Associated Press 4/30/2015 01:26 pm

A glitch that disabled registers at thousands of Starbucks stores Friday was a reminder of the invisible systems restaurants rely on to run increasingly sophisticated operations.

Ben E. Keith Breaks Ground on $70M North Little Rock Center

by Mark Carter and Lance Turner 4/30/2015 11:14 am

Ben E. Keith Company of Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday broke ground on a $70 million, 426,000-SF headquarters and distribution center at 8801 Hwy. 70 E. in North Little Rock.