Restaurants & Food Archive

Delinquent Debts Push Developer Phil Herrington Out at Oklahoma City Country Club

by George Waldon 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Eleventh-hour negotiations in January produced an agreement that derailed a court-ordered auction of Gaillardia Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City. The outcome formalized the exit of Little Rock developer Phil Herrington from the club's ownership picture after 11 years and allowed him to shed more than $8.3 million of debt.

Gusano's Sued by Former Waitress Over Tips

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Jacqueline L. Conners of Conway is seeking class-action status for her federal suit against Gusano's Chicago-Style Pizzeria, where Conners was a server. Conners alleges that the restaurant, which paid her $2.75 per hour plus tips, didn't allow her to keep all her tips.

Maxine's Tap Room Applies for Wholesale Wine

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2014 12:00 am

The owner of a landmark watering hole in Fayetteville has applied to Alcoholic Beverage Control for an on-premise wine permit.

Boulevard Bread Co. Extends Hours in Little Rock's River Market

by Arkansas Business Staff 2/3/2014 12:00 am

Those who frequent downtown Little Rock after 5 p.m. may be happy to know that Boulevard Bread Co.'s location in the River Market is extending its hours, and that may be a sign of further things to come for the market as a whole.

Tyson Profit Up 47 Percent; Chicken Demand in China Slows

by Lance Turner and Marty Cook 1/31/2014 01:31 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale says quarterly earnings rose 47 percent, driven by record first-quarter sales in its chicken, beef and prepared food segments.

Mike Beebe Appoints 40 to Boards and Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/30/2014 08:40 am

Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday announced 40 appointments to various state boards and commissions.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Falls to 7.4 Percent

by Mark Carter 1/28/2014 09:12 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent in December, according to the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

Independence County Pushing to Go Wet

by Mark Friedman 1/27/2014 12:00 am

A group of Independence County residents wants to legalize alcohol sales across the county. Phillip Finch, chairman of Wet/Dry Let's Decide, said he plans to start gathering signatures next month to place the question on the ballot in November.

Grampa's Catfish Sees New Life on Stagecoach

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/27/2014 12:00 am

Grampa's Catfish House in Sherwood closed in September 2011, reopened in March 2012 and then closed for good in September 2012. The restaurant couldn't make a go of it after its parent company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Get Tickets Now for 26th Arkansas Business of the Year Awards Banquet

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/23/2014 10:41 am

Tickets are available now for the 26th Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards banquet, which honors the state's most outstanding businesses, nonprofit organizations and executives.

UPDATE: Argenta Market to Close Feb. 8

by Jan Cottingham 1/22/2014 01:29 pm

Argenta Market, the grocery store at 521 N. Main St. in North Little Rock that was a big part of the burgeoning redevelopment of downtown, announced Wednesday that will close on Feb. 8.

Another Tyson Foods Acquisition in the Works?

by Lance Turner 1/21/2014 02:34 pm

Reuters says Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale is eyeing another major acquisition.

Tyson Foods Buys Bosco's Pizza of Michigan

by Jan Cottingham 1/20/2014 01:42 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale has bought the assets of Bosco's Pizza Co. of Warren, Mich.

No Freezer Burn as Yarnell's Ice Cream Grows With New Owners

by Mark Friedman 1/20/2014 12:00 am

Schulze & Burch has reason to be cautious. Acquiring the Yarnell's brand was the Chicago company's first entry into the ice cream market. Founded in 1923, Schulze & Burch produces items such as toaster pastries and granola bars. And buying a business out of bankruptcy can either be a bargain or a headache for buyers.

From Allens to Rogers Bancshares, Bankrupt Firms Still Entice Buyers

by Mark Friedman 1/20/2014 12:00 am

Businesses have been buying businesses out of bankruptcy for years and the trend should continue, said Michael Stewart, a partner in Faegre Baker Daniels LLP of Minneapolis, a 750-attorney law firm that focuses on financial restructuring services.

$100 Million-Plus Deals Dominate Biggest Deals of 2013 List

by Gwen Moritz 1/20/2014 12:00 am

The number of high-value mergers and acquisitions in Arkansas — those believed to be worth $9 million or more — dropped in 2013 to 73 compared with 80 in 2012. But the number of really high-value deals — those worth $100 million or more — jumped from 14 in 2012 to 26 in 2013.

Forbes Just Now Tasting Flavor Little Rock 'Foodies' Have Already Known

by Jan Cottingham 1/20/2014 12:00 am

Our evidence for Little Rock's status as a foodie city is the interest expressed in the comings and goings — and the interest in the rumors of the comings and goings — of the region's restaurants and chefs.

Johnny Allison's Mardi Gras, Moon Pie Memories in Mobile with ASU Win

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/20/2014 12:00 am

Johnny Allison, chairman of Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, didn't exactly confirm the dollar amount supplied by a tipster. He didn't exactly deny it either.

Big Orange Owners Plan Downtown Brewery Called Lost 40

by Lance Turner 1/17/2014 03:58 pm

Yellow Rocket Concepts, the parent company of Big Orange Burgers + Salads & Shakes, Local Lime Tacos & Margaritas, and ZaZa Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Company, announces plans to launch a brewery in late summer/early fall in downtown Little Rock.

Retail, Transport Among Central Arkansas' Strengths in Economic Recovery

by Arkansas Business Staff 1/13/2014 12:00 am

Metroplan recently released its latest “Metro Trends: Economic Review and Outlook” report, in which the agency examines the region's rate of economic recovery four years after the official end of the Great Recession in June 2009.