Restaurants & Food Archive

Peco Foods Poised To Unveil $165M Poultry Operation in Northeast Arkansas

by George Waldon 2/24/2014 12:00 am

Peco Foods Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Ala., will unveil plans for a new integrated poultry operation in northeast Arkansas that weighs in at more than $165 million. The development is viewed as the best manufacturing news in years for Randolph and Clay counties.

On the Border Serves $4.3M Deal (Real Deal)

by George Waldon 2/24/2014 12:00 am

A 1.51-acre eatery development in Sherwood tipped the scales at $4.3 million. Land for a middle school campus in west Little Rock was assembled in two deals totaling $4.2 million. And A 60,000-SF office-warehouse facility in west Little Rock shifted ownership in a $2.75 million transaction.

More Legal Battles Pile Up for Mountain Pure's John Stacks

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

In the first of two lawsuits filed against the water bottling company this month, North Bay Investors LTD of Miami Beach, Fla., sued Mountain Pure and its owner, John B. Stacks — who is facing federal felony charges in an unrelated matter — over a deal that collapsed late last year.

Plans for Fort Smith Brewery On Tap

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

“True Grit” country, Fort Smith specifically, may be getting its own microbrewery, if a man named Arthur A. Didion finds success.

Steve Shuler's Podcast Introduces Little Rock Restaurants, Chefs to Online Audience

by Jan Cottingham 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Steve Shuler, a former TV journalist, has turned his interest in the food scene in central Arkansas into a website and blog, LRFoodCast.com, that offers podcasts in which he visits with area chefs and restaurateurs about the restaurant business.

Cheers in Maumelle Under New Ownership

by Jan Cottingham 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Wes Kirtley and his wife, Jamie, bought the Cheers on the north side of the river from Chris and Samantha Tanner, who continue to own the Cheers in the Heights.

New Chef at Arlington Hotel a Familiar Face in Hot Springs

by Jan Cottingham 2/17/2014 12:00 am

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa tells us it has a new/old executive chef, Jean Claude Bridoux, who, a press release said, lived in Hot Springs for 18 years before leaving three years ago.

Hot Dog Mike Closes Door on River Market Location

by Jan Cottingham 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Michael Juiliano, aka Hot Dog Mike, has closed his storefront restaurant in the River Market District. His business died as it had lived: on social media. Juiliano made the announcement on the restaurant's Facebook page and the closure followed a blistering but, in our eyes, fair review on the Arkansas Times food blog Eat Arkansas.

Creating an Engaged Workforce (John Hendon Commentary)

by John Hendon 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Employee engagement is simply a combination of job satisfaction, ability and a willingness to perform for one's organization at a high level and over an extended time. This combination of satisfaction, ability and willingness is more critical today than ever before in business.

Meet the Finalists of the 26th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/17/2014 12:00 am

Since 1988, Arkansas Business has honored the state's top executives, small businesses and nonprofits with the annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards. Readers make nominations and an independent panel of judges selects the winners.

Central Arkansas Office Space Vacancy Rate Slips

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2014 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas fell to 11.5 percent in fourth-quarter 2013, compared with 11.9 percent in third-quarter 2013 and 11.8 percent in the year-earlier quarter. The national average in the fourth quarter was 15.6 percent, according to the Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange.

Downtown Little Rock's Dandelion Sells Tea, Herbs, Spices

by Eric Monson 2/10/2014 12:00 am

Since December, a small store in downtown Little Rock has been selling health in bulk. Matthew Cooper, who owns Dandelion with his wife, Priscilla Fincher, described the store as the biggest bulk dealer of white and black organic tea in the state, even as it shares a 500-SF space with another business, the Freckled Frog. “It can get crowded in here,” he noted.

Faulkner, McLarty, Reed and Simmons Headed for UA Business Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/6/2014 09:35 am

The Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas on Monday announced four new inductees to its Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.

Southern Bancorp Launches Economic Development Effort in Helena

by Mark Carter 2/6/2014 09:27 am

Southern Bancorp this week unveiled its Riverside Renewal Project in Helena, part of a "trifecta of economic development tools" the rural development bank has launched in an effort to promote job growth and entrepreneurship in the Delta.

Jobless Rates Down in 3 of 6 Arkansas Metros

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/5/2014 10:28 am

Unemployment rates were down or steady in four of six Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, data released Wednesday by the agency revealed.

Allens' Auction Ends at $160M

by Mark Friedman 2/4/2014 02:20 pm

Sager Creek Acquisition Corp. was the high bidder Monday in an auction to buy Allens Inc. of Siloam Springs, according to a source close to the sale.

Tower Investments Sells Lafayette Building for $3M

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/4/2014 11:13 am

Tower Investments LLC sells the Lafayette Building at 523 S. Louisiana St. in Little Rock for $3 million, according to a news release.

Delinquent Debts Push Developer Phil Herrington Out at Oklahoma City Country Club

by George Waldon 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Eleventh-hour negotiations in January produced an agreement that derailed a court-ordered auction of Gaillardia Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City. The outcome formalized the exit of Little Rock developer Phil Herrington from the club's ownership picture after 11 years and allowed him to shed more than $8.3 million of debt.

Gusano's Sued by Former Waitress Over Tips

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Jacqueline L. Conners of Conway is seeking class-action status for her federal suit against Gusano's Chicago-Style Pizzeria, where Conners was a server. Conners alleges that the restaurant, which paid her $2.75 per hour plus tips, didn't allow her to keep all her tips.

Maxine's Tap Room Applies for Wholesale Wine

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2014 12:00 am

The owner of a landmark watering hole in Fayetteville has applied to Alcoholic Beverage Control for an on-premise wine permit.

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