Restaurants & Food Archive

IRS Change Too Late for Structuring Defendants

by Mark Friedman 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Patrice Duncan said she and her husband never thought much about bank deposits for their family-owned business in Conway until Jan. 24, 2012. That's the day the Internal Revenue Service seized $94,500 from the company's account.

No Daily Report, Morning Report or E-newsletters on Thursday, Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/26/2014 11:03 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report, Morning Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Thursday and Friday in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sierra Fowler Named Interim Executive Director at Farm & Food Innovation Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/25/2014 01:18 pm

The Farm & Food Innovation Center Inc. of North Little Rock has named Sierra Fowler as its interim executive director.

Evaluating New Minimum Wage's Effects (Michael Pakko Commentary)

by Michael Pakko 11/24/2014 12:00 am

With the passage of ballot initiative No. 4, the minimum wage in Arkansas will increase in three steps to $8.50 per hour in 2017, $1.25 above the current federal minimum, making Arkansas one of many states to increase the minimum wage above the federally mandated level.

Red Lobsters Serve Up $8.4M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 11/24/2014 12:00 am

ARCP RL Portfolio V LLC purchased the Red Lobster at 3707 McCain Blvd. in North Little Rock for $4.98 million. ARCP RL Portfolio VI LLC bought the Red Lobster at 8407 W. Markham St. in Little Rock for $3.44 million

Fayetteville Anti-bias Ordinance Splits City, Chamber

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

On Dec. 9, Fayetteville voters will decide the fate of Ordinance 5703 — commonly known as Chapter 119 — which would prohibit discrimination in the workplace or in housing based on veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic background.

Tyson CEO Donnie Smith: Hillshire Opens Door to More Growth

by Marty Cook 11/19/2014 01:17 pm

Donnie Smith, CEO and president of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, said Wednesday that it's an exciting time to be in the food business, especially as the company moves forward after its $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands Inc. of Chicago.

The Hop Diner is Closing; At the Corner Opening in Its Place

by Lee Hogan 11/19/2014 10:43 am

Little Rock Soirée, our sister publication, has news that The Hop Diner is closing its doors after seven years of business.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse Coming to McCain Mall

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/19/2014 07:21 am

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is on its way to McCain Mall in North Little Rock. It's expected to open summer 2015.

Little Greek Restaurant Opens in Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/19/2014 07:08 am

Little Greek Restaurant is expanding into northwest Arkansas. The Florida-based Greek restaurant opens its second location in Arkansas on Wednesday

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans' Opinion of Economy Improving

by Lee Hogan 11/18/2014 09:31 am

Arkansas consumer sentiment is up slightly in Arvest Bank's most recent survey, but it's still lower than surrounding states and considerably lower than the national outlook on the economy.

Chuy's to Open in March in North Little Rock

by Lance Turner 11/17/2014 08:59 am

Chuy's will open a new restaurant in North Little Rock in March, according to its local owner and operator Dallas Hagar.

Grub's Bar & Grille Expands to Fort Smith

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Fort Smith lost MarketPlace Grill but is gaining a Grub's Bar & Grille in its place.

Rock Town Distillery Ranked High in 'Whisky Bible'

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Little Rock's Rock Town Distillery has been recognized for producing the “2015 US Micro Whisky of the Year” for its Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey.

Harps Planning Grocery Store in Sherwood

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Harps Food Stores Inc. of Springdale will be setting up shop in Sherwood, near the northwest corner of Highway 107 and Oakdale Road.

Tyson Family Stock Nears $3 Billion; Waltons No. 1 On Top Stockholders List

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The second-wealthiest family in northwest Arkansas, the Tysons, saw their stock holdings increase by nearly $1 billion over the past year — an increase of more than 40 percent.

The People Have Spoken, So Let Them Speak (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Last Tuesday, Saline County became the seventh county in Arkansas to switch from “dry” to “wet” under the onerous law that requires proponents to collect signatures from 38 percent of registered voters just to get the referendum on the ballot.

Barbara Goswick, Don Smith Top List of CFO of the Year Honorees

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas accounting professionals took an unaccustomed turn at center stage last Wednesday at the Arkansas Business CFO of the Year Awards luncheon at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock.

Arkansas Had Soda Tax Long Before Berkeley Caught the Wave

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

Berkeley, California, the birthplace of liberal nanny-state policies like smoke-free restaurants and curb cuts for wheelchair access, got a lot of ink last week for passing the nation's first “soda tax.”

Trio of Central Arkansas Locations Generate Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/10/2014 12:00 am

A breastaurant in west Little Rock, apartments in North Little Rock and a tractor dealership in Sherwood all generated seven-digit deals.