Restaurants & Food Archive

After High Feed Prices and Glutted Market, Catfish Farmers Hope Luck Is Changing

by Marty Cook 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Arkansas had nearly 38,000 acres devoted to catfish farming as recently as 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. In July, the statistics service reported that Arkansas farmers had scaled back operations to 4,900 acres.

Colony West Center Sells for $7.1 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/14/2016 12:00 am

Colony West Group LLC, led by T.J. Leflar, Marshall Saviers and Brian Shaw, and C-Lef Partners LLC, led by Leflar, bought the Colony West Shopping Center at 10300 N. Rodney Parham Road.

The Everyday Proof of Social Proof (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 11/14/2016 12:00 am

One of the most powerful forces of persuasion is “social proof,” the tendency of people to look to the behavior of similar others when they aren't sure what is correct in a given situation. You can find evidence of social proof nearly everywhere.

Rock Town Distillery Receives Awards for Whiskey, Bourbon

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2016 01:53 pm

Rock Town Distillery announced Wednesday that three of its whiskeys have scored the rating of "Liquid Gold" in Jim Murray's 2017 Whisky Bible.

Medical Marijuana: A Fact of Life for Arkansas Employers (Stuart Jackson Commentary)

by Stuart Jackson 11/10/2016 09:57 am

Arkansas is the latest of many states to allow medical marijuana. What does the new law do, and how will it play out in the Arkansas workplace?

At 5, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Transforms Bentonville

by Jan Cottingham 10/31/2016 12:00 am

There are any number of ways to try to gauge the impact — economic and otherwise — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has had on Bentonville, on Arkansas and beyond since its opening Nov. 11, 2011.

Church Friendship Collapses Along With Building Plans

by Mark Friedman 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Was an ex-con seeking to improve his life taken advantage of by a couple from his church, or were the couple just more victims of a man with a history, before and after prison, of taking money for construction work that was never completed?

Alice Walton Reels In Flying Fish to Bentonville

by Jan Cottingham 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Dallas restaurateur Shannon Wynne and his partners didn't really want to go to Bentonville, and they certainly knew they didn't want to locate a Flying Fish restaurant there. Then Alice Walton got involved.

Convenience Store Trio Packaged in $2.8M Transaction

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Three convenience stores in Lonoke County, residential property in Saline County, an eatery in Cabot and a future restaurant location in Conway form our group of multimillion-dollar transactions this week.

Dry Spell for Fort Smith Brewing Set To End

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/31/2016 12:00 am

If the permits come through and everything falls into place, Fort Smith Brewing Co. should be up and running next year — the earlier the better, as far as Brooke Elder is concerned.

Young Chefs Offers Classes In Rogers

by Jan Cottingham 10/31/2016 12:00 am

A Rogers couple, Mary and Alfonso Vidal, are opening a Young Chefs Academy, which offers cooking classes to children, in December. It's the first Young Chefs Academy in Arkansas.

New Man on the Roost at Slim Chickens

by Jan Cottingham 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Slim Chickens, the Fayetteville restaurant chain, has a new executive on board. He's Mark Mears, chief marketing officer. Mears has spent time with Noodles & Co., Schlotzsky's and the Cheesecake Factory.

WLR Apartment Land Draws $2.5M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 10/31/2016 12:00 am

Madison at Chenal LLC, led by Brandon Huffman and Graham Smith, bought the 5,000-SF office-warehouse at 15500 Kanis Road and an adjoining 12.8-acre tract.

Millennials in Mind, Fornetti Brings Bakeries to Arkansas Road Runners

by Alexis Crowe 10/27/2016 01:16 pm

Fornetti, an international bakery with 8,000 European locations, has opened some of its first U.S. locations at Road Runner stores in Conway, Fort Smith, Heber Springs, Little Rock and Hot Springs.

SPONSORED: Uncle T's: A Neighborhood Mainstay For 50 Years And Counting

by 10/24/2016 11:00 am

History books may devote more pages to nearby Little Rock Central High School, but in the day-to-day life of the neighborhood it's hard to imagine any landmark around here ranking higher than Uncle T's Deli Market.

Online Recruitment Works If Done Correctly, Experts Say

by Sarah Campbell 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Automated job-match programs — like Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, Career Builder, Dice and the state-run Arkansas JobLink — are still useful, but experts say employers have to use them smartly to get the best results.

Signs of the Times (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/24/2016 12:00 am

Most of us who have been in the workplace for a while have encountered the most frustrating kind of co-worker: the one whose hard skills are good, or good enough, but whose soft skills create tension.

No Surprise: Higher Pay Helps Attract, Retain Employees

by Mark Friedman 10/24/2016 12:00 am

All industries, from health care to manufacturing, have faced a shortage of workers. Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business & Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, says increasing pay would be the first action she would suggest when companies can't find the right workers to fill positions.

Employers Seek Hires With Soft Abilities Like Attitude, Teamwork

by Kyle Massey 10/24/2016 12:00 am

“Skills gap” discussions often pivot on abilities or qualifications that employers find in short supply, but broader communication and human interaction traits are more likely to determine success or failure on the job, human resources experts say.

DoubleTree Hotel Renovations Include New Restaurant, Rooms Overhaul

by Alexis Crowe 10/18/2016 10:26 am

In the shadow of the $70 million Robinson Center renovation, the DoubleTree Little Rock is undergoing its own transformation.