Restaurants & Food Archive

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.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.3 Percent in January

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 09:40 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point from December to 7.3 percent in January, according to the state Department of Workforce Services.

Kent Walker Artisan Cheese Rebounds After Disaster

by Jan Cottingham 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Six months after an equipment failure spoiled 2,500 pounds of carefully handcrafted cheese — his entire inventory, worth about $60,000 retail — Kent Walker is looking into the future, and, he says, it's bright.

Majestic Fire Puts Spotlight on Hot Springs' Vacant Buildings

by Luke Jones 3/17/2014 12:00 am

The February fire that destroyed the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has focused concerns on two troubling issues facing the resort city's historic downtown: the fire danger posed by other largely vacant properties and the failure of building owners to maintain their properties.

Lakewood Village Ready To Debut New Tenants

by Gwen Moritz 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Lakewood Village is bouncing back nicely from the one-two blow of losing two of its major tenants. In place of USA Drug, which closed in the fall of 2012 after the chain was sold to Walgreen Co., two retailers new to North Little Rock are set to open in the next few weeks: Ulta Beauty and Dress Barn.

Stephens Takes Second Helpings of Chuy's Mexican

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Warren Stephens has expressed confidence in the continuing financial success of Chuy's Holdings Inc., owner of 46 full-service Chuy's Mexican restaurants in 13 states, including an outpost at 16001 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock.

Summit Mall Developer Back in Arkansas on Conway Project

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

The redevelopment of the Conway airport site (dubbed Central Landing) marks a return to Arkansas after more than two decades for Jim Wilson & Associates of Montgomery, Ala.

New Owners Get Lafayette Building, 10 Condos for $3 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

Perhaps you heard that new names entered the ownership picture at downtown Little Rock's Lafayette Square project at 523 Louisiana St.

Park Avenue Properties Prove Popular in Recent Real Estate Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/17/2014 12:00 am

A 1.64-acre LA Fitness development in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $11.9 million. The project is part of the Park Avenue development that replaced University Mall and some adjoining property.

Arkansas Business Seeking 40 Under 40 Nominations

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/14/2014 08:15 am

The 2014 class of 40 Under 40 honorees will be profiled in the June 23 issue of Arkansas Business. Included in this issue will be a listing of their accomplishments within their businesses, organizations and/or community.

Peco Foods Announces Northeast Arkansas Plant, 1,000 Jobs

by Mark Carter 3/10/2014 10:02 am

Gov. Mike Beebe and executives from Peco Foods announce plans for a new $165 million poultry operation in northeast Arkansas that will employ 1,000.

Veteran Restaurateur Denis Seyer Recharged After 4-Year Hiatus

by Jan Cottingham 3/10/2014 12:00 am

The chef and businessman behind a string of legendary Little Rock restaurants — Alouette's, Graffiti's, to name a couple — takes on a new project four years after a stroke ended his “semi-retirement” in the Cayman Islands. This time he brings his love for great food prepared simply to 1620 Savoy.

Hotels, Restaurants Stay Steady on Top Revenue Lists

by Jan Cottingham 3/10/2014 12:00 am

This year's list of the top revenue-producing hotels and restaurants in 2013 didn't pack many surprises. Two hotels, both in northwest Arkansas, debuted on the list, one hotel got a new identity — the Peabody Little Rock became the Marriott-Little Rock — and one hotel disappeared.

Minimum Wage Proposals Spark Disagreement

by Mark Friedman 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Whether raising the minimum wage — a burning issue in the tourism and hospitality industries — will actually help all the people it's aimed at is a question of deep disagreement, even among experts. There does appear to be, however, consensus on the minimum conditions necessary to have a sustainable economy.

Arkansas Restaurants Projected To See Sales Growth of 3.2 Percent This Year

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas is expected to see an increase of 3.2 percent. Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado will see the fastest restaurant sales growth this year, the association predicts.

Accountability Sans Jerkiness (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 3/10/2014 12:00 am

A CEO can delegate just about everything except culture. And every company will have a culture, whether it just happens or is implemented purposefully and continually by leadership in every decision and hire.

Naturals GM Justin Cole on Playing Ball with Local Leadership, NWA Business Community (Executive Q&A)

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/10/2014 12:00 am

Until his promotion, Justin Cole, 32, had served as the assistant general manager of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals since its move to Springdale in 2007. He previously was a sales manager and co-general manager of the Wichita Wranglers.

Mountain Valley Spring Water Acquired by Great Range Capital

by Mark Carter 3/4/2014 04:12 pm

Mountain Valley Spring Water of Hot Springs has been acquired for an undisclosed price by an investment group led by Great Range Capital of Kansas City, the company announced Tuesday.