Restaurants & Food Archive

Nine Billionaires with Arkansas Ties Make Forbes 500 List

by Mark Carter 3/2/2015 10:33 am

Nine billionaires with Arkansas ties find themselves on the most recent Forbes 500 list of the world's richest people, released this week.

Franchises Still Rule the Roost of Top Restaurants in the State by Receipts

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The Chik-fil-A location at 6201 W. Markham Street reported more than $4.6 million in 2014 gross receipts, up 4.8 percent from 2013. Chik-fil-A locations, owned by CFA Properties Inc. of Atlanta, also appeared at No. 6 on the Little Rock list, No. 4 in North Little Rock, No. 1 in Conway, and at Nos. 2-4 on the Top NWA Restaurants list.

Will The Shack Make a Comeback?

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

The Shack, remembered as barbecue nirvana by its devotees, is on the drawing board to reappear on the dining scene at 402 E. Third St.

Del Frisco's Grille To Take Front and Center Position at Promenade

by Arkansas Business Staff 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Perhaps you heard that Del Frisco's Grille is coming to The Promenade at Chenal in what will be its first Arkansas location. But where will Del Frisco's Restaurant Group set up shop at the 37.8-acre west Little Rock development?

Beer Tourism Contributing to Growth in Industry

by Sean Beherec 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Tourism officials around the state are banking on growing interest in craft beers, leveraging the brewing industry's popularity to draw business to breweries and to the state's other attractions.

Yellow Rocket Concepts Combine Partnerships

by Jan Cottingham 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Yellow Rocket Concepts is a brand that includes several different partnerships.

Yellow Rocket Partners Aim to Build Restaurant Brands

by Jan Cottingham 3/2/2015 12:00 am

Consistently providing high-quality food in a casually hip atmosphere, Yellow Rocket's five restaurants - Big Orange Midtown, Big Orange West, Local Lime, ZaZa (Little Rock and Conway) or Lost Forty Brewing - last year brought in over $10 million in food sales alone.

A-State Negotiates for Embassy Suites, Conference Center on Campus

by Lance Turner 2/27/2015 02:59 pm

Arkansas State University is negotiating with O'Reilly Hospitality Management LLC for a land lease agreement that would develop an Embassy Suites hotel, a conference center and Houlihan's restaurant on campus.

Cameron Smith, Karen Fetzer Named Top Executives at Arkansas Business of the Year Awards

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/27/2015 05:14 am

Cameron Smith of Cameron Smith Associates of Rogers and Karen Fetzer of the Rotary Club of Little Rock won executive of the year awards at Thursday's 27th annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

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.