Restaurants & Food Archive

First National Bank of Paragould Gains Northwest Arkansas Presence (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

First Paragould Bankshares Inc. closed on its acquisition of five former Metropolitan National Bank branches in northwest Arkansas.

Signs Show Way to Arkansas Wine Industry

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

When it comes to state expenditures, $26,000 is not a huge outlay. That was the bargain rate for some highway signage Arkansas bought and erected to direct people to the state's wineries.

New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

by Marty Cook 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery.

The Interesting Battle over Alcohol in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 10/24/2014 11:01 am

The Los Angeles Times offers a look at the battle being waged over Arkansas' alcohol amendment that, if approved, would make the entire state wet, and the inconceivable allies it has formed.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent in September

by Lee Hogan 10/21/2014 09:25 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from August to 6.2 percent in September, according to data released by the state Department of Workforce Services on Tuesday.

16 Arkansas Public School Superintendent Jobs Top $200,000

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

The list includes 247 current-year superintendents of public school districts and a few charter schools, and it ranks them by the total compensation package — salary plus benefits — paid to the superintendent of that school district in the 2013-14 academic year.

Top College Officials See Sizable Pay Raises

by Mark Friedman 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business reviewed the Administrator's Compensation Survey reports filed with the state Department of Higher Education for the 2010 and 2014 fiscal years. In the four-year period, the number of six-figure employees included in the report increased from 460 to 703.

Whataburger Chain To Break Ground on First of Five Possible Locations in NWA

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/20/2014 12:00 am

Whataburger hopes to break ground for its Fayetteville restaurant this month.

Dave Bass To Open Upscale Restaurant at Pleasant Crossing Shopping Center in Rogers

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Bass signed lease papers to open The Grove in a 3,543-SF space at the new shopping center Whisinvest Realty of Rogers is building near the Walmart Supercenter on Pleasant Grove Boulevard. Bass described the restaurant, which will have a separate bar area, as having an “eclectic American comfort food menu” prepared by a culinary school-trained chef.

Success of Slim Chickens Restaurant Chain Eggs On Investors for $2.5M More

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/13/2014 12:00 am

Slim Chickens Development Co. LLC, the Fayetteville company behind the popular restaurant chain, last month filed a Form D with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission indicating it plans to raise $2.5 million.

The Mind of an Entrepreneur (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 10/13/2014 12:00 am

On Oct. 24, Arkansas Business, in partnership with the College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is hosting another Power Breakfast executive panel.

EEOC Filing Fewer Discrimination Cases In Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 10/13/2014 12:00 am

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed only two lawsuits in the state this calendar year, continuing a recent trend line. In 2011, the EEOC filed six lawsuits in Arkansas' federal courts and three the following year. Last year, the EEOC filed only two lawsuits against companies operating in the state.

Little Rock Walgreens Sells for $5.7 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/13/2014 12:00 am

ARCP WG Little Rock AR LLC of Phoenix bought the 15,181-SF store at 1601 Main St. from Stamja-DT AR Properties LLC, led by Jason LaFrance.

The Pantry Crest Opens Thursday

by Lee Hogan 10/9/2014 10:00 am

The Pantry Crest, the second restaurant from Tomas Böhm, is set to open at 4 p.m. Thursday at 722 N. Palm St. in a 1906 home that has housed a slew of other restaurants including the Laughing Moon Café and the House.

Jane Chu: Main Street Revitalization Awakens a Cultural District

by Lee Hogan 10/7/2014 03:35 pm

Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said the revitalization of downtown Little Rock's Main Street has awakened a cultural district.

Ben E. Keith Names Yvette Parker New Marketing Manager (Movers & Shakers)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Yvette Parker has been named marketing manager for the mid-south division of Ben E. Keith Foods in North Little Rock. For the past year, Parker had worked as a marketing consultant for the Texas-based company.

ALL-CAPS OUTRAGE (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/6/2014 12:00 am

My position has always been that voters should have a reasonable opportunity to decide the wet-dry question. I would prefer that they be able to decide it on a county-by-county basis, but the liquor store owners, through their friends in the Legislature, made it unreasonably difficult and expensive to get county-specific referendums on the ballot. So now we'll get a statewide vote instead.

To Succeed, Liquor Stores Must Adapt

by Jan Cottingham 10/6/2014 12:00 am

Package stores face in an uncertain environment if voters in November approve the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment.

Chuy's Buy Launches New Project in NLR (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/6/2014 12:00 am

A Chuy's restaurant project in North Little Rock was put in motion by a $1.14 million land deal. A 16,200-SF commercial project in North Little Rock is under new ownership after a $907,000 sale.

Little Rock Marriott Caps $16M Renovations with Relaunch Party

by Lee Hogan 10/1/2014 09:58 am

The Little Rock Marriott unveiled the finished result of its $16 million renovation with a relaunch party Tuesday night. The renovation included all 418 guest rooms, and all public meeting and dining spaces.