Restaurants & Food Archive

Top Brands Fuel Tyson's Biggest Play

by Marty Cook 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Tyson officially began the process of buying Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago on Wednesday, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. For Tyson executives, though, the chance to acquire Hillshire's enviable top-rated brands was irresistible.

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints).

Million-Dollar Deals on Buffet in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A trio of Faulkner County properties changed hands in seven-digit deals. The biggest of the three at $5.25 million is St. Andrews Place.

Three More Restaurants Raise Bar on List of Mixed Drink Sales

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Whispers has an update to last week's report on mixed drink sales at Little Rock restaurants. We reported 2013 mixed drink sales for the 10 Little Rock restaurants that met two criteria: served mixed drinks and were near the top in food sales.

Alcohol Sales Amendment Falls Short of Signatures, Has 30 Days to Collect More

by Lee Hogan 7/18/2014 12:20 pm

An amendment that would legalize alcohol sales across the state has 30 days to gain the more than 17,000 signatures it needs to be put on the November ballot. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin said Friday after the verification process, the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment fell short of the 78,133 required signatures.

Arkansas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent But Labor Force Smaller

by Lee Hogan 7/18/2014 09:42 am

Arkansas' unemployment rate fell for the ninth consecutive month in June to 6.2 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive month that the state's unemployment rate has been below 7 percent.

Arvest Consumer Survey Shows Arkansans Mixed on Economy's Health

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 7/17/2014 08:57 am

Arvest Bank's first consumer sentiment survey finds Arkansans have a dimmer outlook on the economy than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri.

Arkansan Dow Brantley Elected Chairman of USA Rice Federation

by Jan Cottingham 7/15/2014 03:23 pm

Dow Brantley, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Federation and a prominent Arkansas farmer, has been elected chairman of the USA Rice Federation.

Mixed-Drink Sales Vital To Restaurant Bottom Lines

by Jan Cottingham 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Since some cities have levied local taxes on sales of alcoholic beverages, a missing factor of our top-selling restaurants can be learned.

Geovanni Leiva Brings Family Coffee from Guatemala to Leiva's Coffee in Sherwood

by Brandon Riddle 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Leiva's Coffee of Sherwood is brewing up a philosophy of generosity, combining homegrown coffee with a belief in helping the less fortunate. The way to accomplish this: offering coffee bean growers a greater percentage of profits to allow for reinvestment in underserved communities.

Chuy's Ringing Up Former Saturn Property in NLR

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Chuy's, the popular Tex-Mex chain, is on its way to North Little Rock. With 27 locations open and more on the way, it will be setting up shop at 5105 Warden Road.

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said.

Conway's Second Chick-fil-A Opens Thursday

by Lee Hogan 7/10/2014 08:22 pm

After 10 years with only one location, Conway's second Chick-fil-A opens Thursday at 2510 Prince St. The restaurant will employ 60 workers, and have seating for 139 patrons indoors and another 40 outside.

UCA Gauging Retail Interest in Mixed-Use Development

by Lee Hogan 7/10/2014 11:04 am

The University of Central Arkansas is starting to look into the interest levels businesses may have in being a part of the first phase of the university's renovation of Donaghey Avenue.

Alcohol Sales Amendment Meets Initial Signature Requirement

by Lee Hogan 7/9/2014 09:18 pm

The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment has met the initial signature requirement, and is one step closer to making its way to the November ballot.

New Shops Coming to The Promenade at Chenal in Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 7/9/2014 09:51 am

A new 8,000-SF building, set to house four new shops, is now under construction at The Promenade at Chenal in Little Rock. The multi-tenant building is set to be completed in the fall.

Our Community, Our Dollars Submits Petitions in Saline, Craighead Counties

by Lee Hogan 7/7/2014 04:41 pm

The local option ballot question committee pushing for the legalization of alcohol sales in three Arkansas counties turned in signatures to two county clerks Monday.

Central Flying Service Still Aloft After 75 Years

by Brandon Riddle 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Born out of wartime-driven pursuits, Central Flying Service in Little Rock has since propelled itself as an aviation pioneer after 75 years in business, an anniversary the company celebrates this year. The fixed-base operator's founding mission as a flight school is still ingrained in its current philosophy.