Restaurants & Food Archive

UA, UALR Forecasters See More Improvement in Arkansas' Economy in 2015

by Mark Friedman 12/22/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' leading economists say the state should have an improved economy next year. One of the highlights: the unemployment rate is expected to continue to drop to 5.5 percent by the end of 2015 and then slip to 5.3 percent in 2016.

The Best & Worst of 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/22/2014 12:00 am

From best investment to worst financial projects, Arkansas Business recaps the best and worst of 2014.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Down to 5.8 Percent in November

by Mark Carter 12/19/2014 09:38 am

The unemployment Rate in Arkansas fell to 5.8 percent in November, down from 6.1 percent in October. The 5.8 jobless rate matches the U.S. rate, which remained stable between October and November.

Wingstop Opens Restaurant in Jonesboro

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/18/2014 02:12 pm

Restauranteurs Mike and Henry Patel have opened a Wingstop franchise in Jonesboro.

Krispy Kreme Opens in Conway, Plans Pastries 'Round the Clock

by Lee Hogan 12/18/2014 01:49 pm

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has officially opened in Conway, and its owner is expecting big demand for its doughnuts.

Outlets at Little Rock Developer Talks Construction, Tenants, Impact

by Lee Hogan 12/18/2014 08:30 am

The Outlets at Little Rock will open this summer. Michael Barelli, vice president of New England Development, recently talked to Arkansas Business about the 325,000-SF shopping center coming to central Arkansas.

Arvest Survey: Mortgage Debt Down, Savings Up in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 10:27 am

Arkansans reported less mortgage debt than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Superior Space in Conway Attracting High-End Hotel, Restaurant Interest

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Conway's resurgence is keeping T.J. Lefler's phone ringing. Lefler says he has serious inquiries from several hotels as well as a handful of upscale restaurants that are interested in some prime real estate.

New Kroger Marketplace in Benton Worth $12M, To Be Built by Summer 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

A 123,000-SF Kroger Marketplace under construction in Benton is worth $12 million, according to the building permit on file with the city.

Bentonville Retail Center Sold for $1.35M

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The strip center at 231 N. Walton Blvd. is occupied by Papa John's Pizza, Wingstop, Rent-A-Center and Kumon Math & Reading Center.

Matthew Cooper Leaving Cache Restaurant at End of 2014

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 04:07 pm

Matthew Cooper, general manager and executive chef, at Cache Restaurant in downtown Little Rock is leaving at the end of the year to "purse a new opportunity."

NLR Chamber, ABPG Launch Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 01:38 pm

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock, launched the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Downtown Partnership Leader Sharon Priest to Retire

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 01:45 pm

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership said Monday that its executive director, Sharon Priest, will retire at the end of January.

Gateway's Grove Project Adds to 2015 Commercial Construction

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

A 33-acre piece of Little Rock's Gateway Town Center development is poised to add some new commercial construction in 2015.

VCC Goes Big in Vegas with $344M Downtown Summerlin Project

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Completing a half-built, 1.5 million-SF retail-office center in less than 18 months presented a desert challenge for VCC LLC. The sprawling Downtown Summerlin project in the western suburbs of Las Vegas also represented unfinished business for the Little Rock general contracting firm.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

Speakeasy Bar Opening Friday in Downtown Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 12/4/2014 11:19 am

Downtown dwellers and cigar smokers may have noticed Maduro Cigar Bar & Lounge closed in November. On Friday, a bar is opening in its place.

Arkansas State, Haag Brown Partner for 26-Acre Commercial Development Project

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 12:30 pm

A partnership between Arkansas State University and Haag Brown Commercial of Jonesboro is eying a 26-acre tract in northeast Jonesboro for commercial development.

Arkansans More Pessimistic About Finances, Feel Better About Major Household Purchases

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 10:40 am

Arkansans feel more pessimistic about their current and expected financial situation, but feel more optimistic about buying major household items, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Winery Rumors Flourish on Grapevine

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Winemaking is coming to the River Market and a Wiederkher is planning another wine-and-brew operation. Dennis Wiederkehr, VP and national sales manager of Wiederkehr Wine Cellars in Wiederkehr Village, plans to open Dionysus Wine & Brew in nearby Altus for his wife, Sharla, to run.