Restaurants & Food Archive

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 07:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Arkansas Business Presents 2014's 'The New Influentials: 20 In Their 20s'

by Gwen Moritz 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Since 2009 Arkansas Business has sought out talented young leaders in our business and nonprofit community to introduce in a feature called The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s.

Hot Springs' Citizens Building Eyed for New Development

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/22/2014 12:00 am

Fayetteville attorney Robert Depper and LSC Hotel Restaurant Management Co. of El Dorado have formed Let Us Revive Hot Springs Downtown LLC, with hopes of renovating one of the city's historic downtown buildings into a boutique hotel.

Matt Lile Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement, Agrees to 1-Year Prison Sentence

by Gwen Moritz 9/19/2014 04:58 pm

Lile, 56, agreed to pay full restitution for stealing from Cosmopolitan Life Insurance Co., which state insurance regulators took into receivership in 2009. Lile was also well known as the former owner of Lulav restaurant in Little Rock.

UCA Moves Forward with Feasibility Study on Mixed-Use Development

by Lee Hogan 9/19/2014 10:42 am

The University of Central Arkansas moved a step closer to putting a mixed-use building on campus after its board of trustees on approved a feasibility study for issuing bonds for a proposed 67,500-SF center at the corner of Donaghey Avenue and Bruce Street.

Bar Louie Coming to McCain Mall in 2015

by Lee Hogan 9/16/2014 04:44 pm

Bar Louie is opening its second location in Little Rock. The popular restaurant chain, which has 88 locations in 24 states, is set to open another spot at McCain Mall in North Little Rock early next year.

ARK Challenge: Eatiply Founder Not Your Typical Young Entrepreneur

by Mark Carter 9/16/2014 10:32 am

David Woodbury isn't typical of the young entrepreneurs you'll find at startup accelerators like the ARK Challenge. Woodbury moved his family from their native Minneapolis to Little Rock to compete in the ARK and grow LinkedCause, which had already launched the TOMS Shoes-inspired Eatiply campaign.

West Little Rock Hosts $1.4M Boot City Buy (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 9/15/2014 12:00 am

Development of a 20,000-SF Cavender's Boot City store is in motion in Little Rock's Gateway Town Center after a $1.38 million land deal. And the Town Pump and its adjoining liquor store in Little Rock's Riverdale area changed hands in a $500,000 sale.

Fort Smith Leads ATBI in Second Quarter of 2014

by Lee Hogan 9/11/2014 10:13 am

For the second quarter of 2014, Fort Smith remained the leading city on the Arkansas Tech Business Index.

Conway Voters Approve Bond Rededication for Street Improvements

by Lee Hogan 9/10/2014 09:56 am

With more than 75 percent of the vote on each question, Conway voters approved the rededication of a 1/8-cent sales tax for various road projects, including two tied to a proposed shopping and lifestyle center.

Our Community, Our Dollars Files Appeal Over Saline County Alcohol Vote

by Lee Hogan 9/8/2014 04:25 pm

A local option ballot question committee, funded by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville and Kum & Go of West Des Moines, Iowa, appeals to the Arkansas Supreme Court seeking to allow Saline County residents to vote on legalizing retail alcohol sales.

SoMa Neighborhood May Soon See Another Restaurant

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

A new restaurant at 1318 S. Main St. in downtown Little Rock appears a step closer to reality. Restaurateur Bart Barlogie Jr., co-owner of The Fold, has filed an application for a mixed drink and retail beer permit.

Fayetteville's El Matador Plans New Location for 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

Ground should be broken in Fayetteville next month for El Matador Mexican Grill & Bar on a 1.14-acre site next to the Walmart Neighborhood Market off Wedington Drive at 3475 Black Forest Drive.

Arvest Forecloses on Downtown LR Building Owned by Matt Lile

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

The bank's foreclosure is on two loans totaling more than $821,500 secured by the 20,332-SF building at the northeast corner of Center and Sixth streets. The property is the home of EJ's restaurant in downtown Little Rock.

Census Says Breweries Booming

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/8/2014 12:00 am

The number of breweries in the United States has more than doubled between 2007 and 2012, rising from 398 to 869, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The value of shipments increased nearly 33.6 percent between 2007 and 2012, to $28.3 billion.

Arkansas, You're All Wet (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 9/8/2014 12:00 am

It is a shame that, if my expectation comes true and the all-wet amendment passes in November, no Arkansan will have the option of living in a dry county and no county will have the option of being dry. But let us not forget how and why we got to this point.

Hospitality Event Appealing to More Than Just Insiders

by Jan Cottingham 9/8/2014 12:00 am

The 70th annual Arkansas Hospitality Association Convention & Trade Show will be Sept. 17-18 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Those in the restaurant industry as well as civilians with an appreciation for food and wine will find the event interesting.

Little Rock Police Arrest 11 in Minimum Wage Protest

by Lance Turner 9/4/2014 10:31 am

Arkansas Business news partner THV 11 News reports that Little Rock Police arrested 11 people during a Thursday morning demonstration calling for a higher minimum wage.

Voting Underway in Conway Bond Rededication Special Election

by Lee Hogan 9/4/2014 07:21 am

Early voting in a Sept. 9 special election is underway in Conway, with voters considering whether to rededicate a 1/8-cent sales tax for various road projects, including two tied to a large retail development.

Main Street Walgreens Tops List of Recent Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

This week's roster of million-dollar transactions includes samplings from the retail, residential and industrial sectors.