Restaurants & Food Archive

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

Co-op Ozark Natural Foods Preps for Whole Foods Competition in Fayetteville

by Marty Cook 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When Whole Foods announced its plans in the spring to locate a store in Fayetteville, it elicited cheers from fans of the high-end grocery store and concern from supporters of Fayetteville's own organic Ozark Natural Foods, the state's only grocery co-operative.

Clarion Hotel Medical Center Recycled for $5M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A 262-room hotel in midtown Little Rock changed hands in a $5 million foreclosure sale. The 5.22-acre development was tied to a November 2003 mortgage of $14 million held by Jonesboro's Liberty Bank of Arkansas, which became part of Centennial Bank in 2013.

On Private Clubs (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When savvy entrepreneurs see a need going unfilled, they form businesses. When those businesses successfully meet that need, they thrive. You know, America. Now the Little Rock Board of Directors is considering stepping between businesses and their customers.

Jim Johnston Returns to Hot Springs Convention Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2014 09:42 am

Jim Johnston, the former executive chef at the Hot Springs Convention Center, has returned as the center's chef de cuisine and director of food and beverage.

1 Year After Referendum Victory, Wal-Mart Opens Neighborhood Market in Russellville

by Mark Carter 8/13/2014 10:17 am

Russellville's first Walmart Neighborhood Market opened Wednesday, almost a year to the day after city voters upheld a zoning ordinance that made its construction possible.

Ristorante Capeo Lands A Familiar Name On Its Wine List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

After about a year of slicing through red tape, Ristorante Capeo in North Little Rock has landed wine from the Chateau Dassault winery in France. Dassault's wine is otherwise available in the United States only in New York and New Jersey.

Main Street, Restaurants and the Big Mo

by Jan Cottingham 8/11/2014 12:00 am

The recent announcement that another new restaurant will be opening on Little Rock's Main Street lends weight to the idea that this part of downtown has the “big mo,” the momentum to keep diners coming to what once was a pretty sketchy part of town past 5 p.m.

Paint Nite Combines Art With Cocktails

by Brandon Riddle 8/11/2014 12:00 am

The Paint Nite craze is now in 87 metropolitan areas in the U.S. and internationally, having recently expanded into central Arkansas.

The Capital Hotel Opens One Eleven at the Capital

by Lee Hogan 8/8/2014 11:31 am

After closing Ashley's back in May, the Capital Hotel has opened the doors to its new restaurant, One Eleven at the Capital.

Conway Chamber Previews Plans for Shopping Centers

by Lee Hogan 8/5/2014 09:51 pm

The Conway Chamber of Commerce gave hundreds of local residents a glimpse into the future of the city, and two proposed retail projects that could shape it into a regional shopping hub.

Nominate Now for Arkansas Business' CFO of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/5/2014 11:28 am

Arkansas Business is searching for the state's most outstanding chief financial officers for its sixth "CFO of the Year" awards. You can nominate CFOs here.

Arkansas Less Optimistic Than Oklahoma, Missouri in Arvest Consumer Survey

by Lee Hogan 8/5/2014 10:29 am

The second phase of Arvest Bank's consumer sentiment survey found Arkansans have a less optimistic outlook on current conditions and expectations than respondents in Oklahoma in Missouri.

Well-Being Report Ranks Arkansas at 41 in Child Poverty

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

The poverty rate among children in Arkansas rose to 29 percent in 2012, up from 25 percent in 2005, according to the “Kids Count Data Book,” an annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Whataburger Cooking Up More Northwest Arkansas Locations

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

The privately held San Antonio chain is scheduled to close on a lot on Pleasant Grove near the Arvest Bank in Rogers. The property should close in August.

Pantry Crest To Open in Hillcrest Next Month

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/4/2014 12:00 am

Tomas Bohm, owner of the Pantry restaurant in west Little Rock, says he hopes to open the Pantry's Hillcrest sibling, the Pantry Crest, sometime in September.

Our Community, Our Dollars Ends Efforts in Faulkner, Craighead Counties

by Lee Hogan 7/31/2014 06:50 pm

Our Community, Our Dollars says it will turn all its efforts for the legalization of retail alcohol sales to Saline County, and end its efforts in Faulkner and Craighead counties.

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

Whataburger On Way to Fayetteville (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Whataburger is poised to set up its hamburger restaurant in Fayetteville after purchasing two lots for $1.45 million on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.