Restaurants & Food Archive

Meet the Finalists of the 27th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/26/2015 11:37 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.

Davidson Hotels Names Bill Spencer GM of Little Rock Mariott

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/25/2015 09:01 am

Davidson Hotels & Resorts of Atlanta says that Bill Spencer is the new general manager of its 418-room Little Rock Marriott hotel.

Walmart Foundation's Kathleen McLaughlin to Deliver 'Food for Thought' at UA

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 09:47 am

Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and senior vice president for Walmart Global Sustainability, will provide a "Food for Thought" lecture at the University of Arkansas on March 3, the university announced Monday.

Sassy's Red House Expected To Charge Into El Matador's Current Home

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

KGA LLC, led by Matt Christie, the owner of Grub's Bar & Grille, has purchased the building currently known as El Matador Mexican Grill & Bar on North Steamboat Drive in Fayetteville for $630,000 from Horizant Properties LLC, led by Clete and Tammy Brewer.

One Smashburger Likely Won't Be Enough for Ozark Region

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/23/2015 12:00 am

The impending arrival in April of Arkansas' first Smashburger restaurant, at 500 S.E. Walton Blvd. in Bentonville, is pretty widely known. But Whispers tracked down Mark Bishop, co-owner of the franchise with Arlie Burris, and got a few more details that you may not know.

Wilmington Apartments Visited by $3.9M Sale (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 2/23/2015 12:00 am

The sale of a 120-unit apartment complex in North Little Rock weighed in at $3.85 million. Construction of a 25,000-SF home improvement store is in motion after a $2.1 million land deal in west Little Rock. And a 55,565-SF mini-storage facility in southwest Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.7 million.

Asa Hutchinson Names Gary 'Bud' Roberts to Lead ABC

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/19/2015 01:06 pm

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Gary "Bud" Roberts as the new director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division.

One Eleven in LR, Chef at The Hive in Bentonville Named James Beard Award Semifinalists

by Jan Cottingham 2/18/2015 12:49 pm

One Eleven at the Capital and Chef Matthew McClure at The Hive have been named semifinalists for the 2015 James Beard Awards.

Central Arkansas Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The vacancy rate for commercial office space in central Arkansas declined in the fourth quarter, Central Arkansas Commercial Data Exchange said in its latest report.

Yellow Rocket Restaurant Sales Soar in Central Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Yellow Rocket Concept's five restaurants reported almost $11 million in receipts last year, not including alcohol sales, making the group a central Arkansas restaurant juggernaut.

Girl Scouts Tag Along to New WLR Headquarters

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The Diamonds Council, which serves Girl Scouts in most of Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma and Texas, is moving from North Little Rock to Arcade Drive in Little Rock.

A&P Accuse White Water Tavern of Having Choppy Tax Bill

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission is trying to shut down the White Water Tavern, claiming the bar and restaurant has not paid A&P taxes for seven months of 2014.

Banks Eyeing EMV, But Adoption Slow

by Sean Beherec 2/16/2015 12:00 am

The race to get American consumers to use debit and credit cards equipped with EMV chips has been more of a sluggish walk than a run in recent years.

Making Change: Social Entrepreneurs on a Mission (Whitney Horton Commentary)

by Whitney Horton 2/16/2015 12:00 am

Businesses have had social impact for a long time, creating jobs and tax revenue for their communities. Yet social entrepreneurs are not content with the rising tide lifting all boats; instead, they go into business with a specific cause in mind.

Arkansas Foodbank Hires Jayne Ann Kita as Chief Program Officer

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/10/2015 11:31 am

Kita will oversee strategic planning and oversight of all program activities to ensure that food is distributed equitably to member agencies throughout the agency's 33-county service area, according to a news release.

Verizon Arena Tops List of North Little Rock Mixed Drink Sales

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

The North Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission shared its latest tallies of restaurant taxes, including those on mixed drinks, and the same 10 were at the top in 2013, though some of the rankings have changed.

Jeremy Hutchinson Amends Alcohol Application Bill

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, told Arkansas Business early last week that he planned to amend his bill increasing the fee to apply to sell wine, spirits and malt liquor, and, indeed, he has.

Wine, Beer Sales Total $235K at Razorback Stadium

by Jan Cottingham 2/9/2015 12:00 am

Wine and beer sales at Razorback Stadium during this football season netted the Athletics Department at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville $26,126, according to figures provided by the department.

Attorney General Approves Wording for Statewide Alcohol Proposal

by Gwen Moritz 2/3/2015 03:59 pm

State Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has given approval to the wording of an amendment to make all counties in Arkansas wet — the same proposal that failed in the November General Election.

Spending Your Gasoline Savings (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 2/2/2015 12:00 am

The highest average recorded price of regular gasoline at the pump in Arkansas is $3.97. That pinnacle was reached in July 2008. More important, however, is the fact that only one year ago, the average price was $3.09. And today, the average at-the-pump price of regular is $1.90. There exists in the Arkansas economy today a gas price dividend. And that means weekly consumer savings of at least $15.25. So how are you spending the extra money? Or how should you?

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