Restaurants & Food Archive

Bruno's Deli Still Set for June Opening

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/23/2016 12:00 am

Gio Bruno said late last week that he expected to get the keys to the building — right next door to his restaurant, the venerable Bruno's Little Italy — in a few days. At least two weeks after that, he plans a soft open of the deli, at 308 Main St.

Inside New Overtime Regulations, Traps to Avoid, How to Prepare (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 5/18/2016 01:22 pm

The U.S. Department of Labor published the final rule updating overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. More than 50,000 employees and their employers in Arkansas will be affected. Here's how to prepare.

Hamra Ready To Expand Potbelly Franchise

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2016 12:00 am

His father put him to work when he was 12, says Ryan Hamra, owner of the Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Little Rock, and now at 39, he's still working hard, preparing to open at least four more Potbelly restaurants in Arkansas in the next four years, an agreement that “secures me the entire state of Arkansas.”

Business Travel Fuels Uber Growth in Arkansas

by Kyle Massey 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Business travelers needing a ride in Arkansas are increasingly using their thumbs — not to hitchhike, but to tap the Uber app on their smartphones.

Suit Challenges Rule on Anti-Union Activities

by Gwen Moritz 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Little Rock was a magnet for representatives from law firms around the country last week when U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker heard arguments in the first federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Obama administration's new “persuader rule” concerning anti-union activities.

Rock Town Distillery Reports Jump In 2016 Sales

by Jan Cottingham 5/16/2016 12:00 am

Phil Brandon has come far since 2010, the year he opened the state's first legal distillery since Prohibition. Rock Town Distillery's sales in the first four months of 2016 are up 67 percent compared with 2015.

Presidential Hotel Hosts $8.5M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/16/2016 12:00 am

LR HI Associates LLC, an affiliate of Centura Capital of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, bought the Holiday Inn-Presidential at 600 Interstate 30. The seller is HI Presidential LLC, led by Larry Carpenter.

Killing Gators vs. Draining Swamp (Barry Goldberg On Leadership)

by Barry Goldberg 5/16/2016 12:00 am

All organizations find themselves in overload occasionally, a prolonged period when there simply are not enough resources to go around. Here are a few thoughts I have picked up over the years from knowledgeable authors and talented leaders.

In Alcohol Debate, Northeast Arkansas Residents Weigh Social Concerns, Dollars

by George Jared 5/9/2016 10:54 am

Beer, wine and spirit sales in northeast Arkansas have always provided residents with a conundrum. The social fabric of the region is steeped with strong religious ties, but alcohol sales account for millions of dollars of economic activity in the area.

Chick-fil-A Selects Strip of Gateway Town Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/9/2016 12:00 am

An eatery site at Little Rock's Gateway Town Center, a dental development in North Little Rock and rural acreage in southeast Pulaski County provide our trio of million-dollar deals.

Groups Strive to Support Latino Entrepreneurs

by Marty Cook 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Jay Amargos of Startup Junkie Consulting said a lack of money is just one of many barriers for the prospective Latino entrepreneur.

St. John's Apartments Sells for $3.2 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/9/2016 12:00 am

Originally led by David Henry, St. J Apartments Ltd. bought Westgate Apartments at 5001 W. 65th St. for $2 million in April 2007 and rechristened the project St. John's.

Little Rock To Be Featured In New PBS Show

by Sarah Campbell 5/3/2016 11:27 am

Emmy-Award-winning TV host Darley Newman will dedicate an episode of her new "Travels with Darley" show to Little Rock, tourism leaders announced Tuesday. It will air this summer on PBS.

Old Mill Bread Eyes Spot in River Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Old Mill Bread & Flour Co. hopes to have a location in Ottenheimer Market Hall in the River Market within a month, says John Graham, manager of Old Mill and father of the restaurant and bakery's owner, Andrew Graham.

Theories Foam Over Future Plans for Suds Carwash in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Joshua Brown, co-founder of Haag Brown Commercial Real Estate & Development in Jonesboro, said he can't confirm what his company's plans are for a Fayetteville car wash it bought recently.

After Oh Baby Sale, It's Back to Basics for Fran Free

by Marty Cook 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Fran Free is enjoying life after selling her Oh Baby Foods brand to Blackhive Corp. of Fayetteville for an undisclosed amount this past winter.

US Employment, Earnings Gains Rose in March

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/2/2016 12:00 am

The U.S. economy continued to rebound in March, as private-sector employment and average hourly earnings rose.

Oreos, Apple and Core Knowledge (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 5/2/2016 12:00 am

Basic. Essential. Enduring. That's what a core is. In business, we often hear the term “core competency.” In this layman's terms it could be expressed in the simple phrase “Stick with what you know.”

In Arkansas, Seven Campaigns Aim for Alcohol Sales

by Sarah Campbell 4/25/2016 10:53 am

Five counties and two cities are collecting signatures in hopes that voters can decide in November whether to allow alcohol sales in their communities.

David's Burgers Delayed in River Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 4/25/2016 12:00 am

The restaurant is to occupy the former Boulevard Bread space in the Dickinson Hardware Co. building at the east end of Ottenheimer Market Hall, operated by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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