Restaurants & Food Archive

Boyle Redevelopment Starts With $4.6M Buy (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/2/2014 12:00 am

An Aloft Hotel project is trailing the $4.6 million sale of a 12-story building in downtown Little Rock. A Chick-fil-A restaurant in midtown Little Rock tipped the scales at $1.87 million. And ownership of a 10,791-SF retail project in west Little Rock was consolidated in a $345,000 transaction.

Got Cash? (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 6/2/2014 12:00 am

Are some entities suffering by not adding to their payment options? The answer, of course, is yes.

Whole Foods Making Move to Bowman, Looks for Room To Grow

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/2/2014 12:00 am

Whole Foods Market Inc. is getting a new Little Rock home next year. The high-end grocery store at 10700 N. Rodney Parham Road is expected to move into the former 39,200-SF Linens N Things store at 501 S. Bowman Road.

Renovations at River Market Marriott Include Revamp of Restaurant

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/2/2014 12:00 am

The Courtyard by Marriott in Little Rock's River Market District recently completed $2.4 million in renovations that include a new restaurant, The Bistro.

Curtain To Rise on New Theater, Piano Bar in Downtown LR

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/2/2014 12:00 am

The Studio Theatre Inc., a new Little Rock theater group, has rented the former site of Balfour Printing at 320 W. Seventh St. downtown and plans not only to present plays but also to open a piano bar called the Lobby Bar.

Gus's Fried Chicken Announces 2nd Little Rock Location

by Jan Cottingham 5/29/2014 12:45 pm

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken says that it will open a second Little Rock location later this summer, in west Little Rock at the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Grill.

Update: Tyson Foods Wants to Buy Hillshire Brands In $6.8B Deal

by Lance Turner and Marty Cook 5/29/2014 11:44 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale proposes the biggest acquisiton in its history, offering to purchase Hillshire Brands for $50 per share, or about $6.8 billion. The offer comes as Hillshire weighs another merger proposal by Pilgrim's Pride and the purchase of Pinnacle Foods.

RinseWell's 'Sexy Technology' Saves Water

by Mark Carter 5/28/2014 08:34 am

Through its RinseWell product, Fayetteville's Recycled Hydro Solutions hopes to revolutionize water conservation through the dipper wells used in the food service industry, starting with ice cream shops.

Market Street Cinema Moving to Riverdale 10, Will Seek Alcohol License

by Lee Hogan 5/27/2014 05:30 pm

According to Market Street Cinema owner Matt Smith, the cinema's operations will soon be moving to Riverdale 10 on Cantrell Road. The move is planned to occur in June.

U.S. Pizza Co. Reopens Heights Location

by Lee Hogan 5/27/2014 02:11 pm

After a lengthy remodel, the U.S. Pizza Co. in the Little Rock Heights has reopened to customers. The location, at 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd., closed last fall for a $200,000 to $300,000 renovation.

Four Join List of 75 Largest Private Companies in Arkansas

by Gwen Moritz 5/26/2014 12:00 am

The 75 largest private companies in Arkansas generated total revenue — self-reported and estimated — of $31.15 billion in their most recent fiscal years, and the price of entry to the list was $88.8 million.

Producers Rice Finds Its Own Niche

by Luke Jones 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Since Producers began in Stuttgart, it's expanded to 11 locations throughout eastern Arkansas and western Mississippi. It manufactures milled rice, parboiled rice, brown rice, instant rice and rice flour.

Big Slice of Park Avenue Draws $23.4M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 5/26/2014 12:00 am

About 70,200 SF of retail space and a two-story parking deck in midtown Little Rock weighed in at $23.36 million. Six pieces of the Park Avenue project on University Avenue were sold to Illinois trust group.

Your Brain on Lists (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 5/26/2014 12:00 am

There is something in the human brain that likes to see data organized in lists. In our newsroom, we know that our weekly lists are primarily used for sales leads — that's a service to our audience that we are happy to perform.

I've Got a Tip for You (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 5/26/2014 12:00 am

Every other year since 2000, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has issued a big, thick study that it calls, ominously, “Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud.” The eighth Report to the Nations was released this month, and it came to the same conclusion as earlier ones: A typical organization loses 5 percent of revenue each year to fraud.

Governor's Suites New Burgundy Brand Could Be Kind of a Big Deal

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/26/2014 12:00 am

The west Little Rock hotel variously known as the Best Western Governor's Inn and then Best Western Premier Governor's Suites has big plans for not just a new look but a whole new personality.

Little Rock's Sumotext Lands Starbucks Mobile Messaging Account

by Mark Carter 5/23/2014 10:22 am

Rumors have swirled recently that Little Rock mobile messaging giant Sumotext had struck a deal with Starbucks, that little coffee chain out of Seattle.

Export Awards Honor Arkansas Steel, Triangle Engineering, SweepScrub, Harris International, POM

by Mark Carter 5/22/2014 02:11 pm

Five Arkansas companies that do business overseas were honored at the fifth annual Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade awards luncheon.

U.S. Pizza Co.'s Heights Location to Reopen Next Week

by Lee Hogan 5/22/2014 08:30 am

After a lengthy remodel, the Heights location of U.S. Pizza Co. is set to reopen to customers sometime next week. Drew Weber, the company's chief operating officer, did not provide a specific date.

Arkansas Business to Honor 21st 40 Under 40 Class

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/20/2014 10:24 am

For the 21st consecutive year, Arkansas Business will honor the state's outstanding young professionals at a luncheon for its 40 Under 40 class.