Restaurants & Food Archive

Little Rock Restaurants Try to Learn From Critics

by Jan Cottingham 8/24/2015 12:00 am

Everybody's a critic. That's not news to the restaurant industry. But with the Internet and social media, every restaurant customer — whether professional reviewer or amateur — can access a potentially worldwide platform. And that's something the business takes seriously.

Being Interesting to Buyers (Jim Karrh On Marketing)

by Jim Karrh 8/24/2015 12:00 am

The rules of customer engagement have changed dramatically in recent years: Your potential buyers know more — or at least believe that they know more — than ever.

Arkansas Unemployment Decreases to 5.6 Percent in July

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/21/2015 09:23 am

Arkansas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point, from 5.7 percent in June to 5.6 percent in July, according to labor force data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Food Protection Conference Set for Fayetteville

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/20/2015 01:08 pm

The Arkansas Association for Food Protection Annual Educational Conference is scheduled for Sept. 8-10 at the Chancellor Hotel in downtown Fayetteville.

Memphis' Soul Fish Cafe Headed to Little Rock

by Mark Carter 8/20/2015 12:25 pm

Co-owner Raymond Williams told Soiree that renovations will begin in the old Dundee retail space at 308 Main in the next few weeks. He hopes to open in Little Rock by early next year.

18 Conditional Permits Granted for Liquor Stores in Saline County

by Alexis Hosticka 8/20/2015 10:53 am

Eighteen individuals received Wednesday conditional permits for liquor store licenses in Saline County from the Arkansas Department of Finance & Administration's Alcoholic Beverage Control department.

Site Work Begins for Lewis Crossing in Conway

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2015 09:30 am

The Lewis Crossing shopping center development, expected to open in the fall of 2016, officially is under construction in Conway at the southeast corner of Interstate 40 and Dave Ward.

Cautious Optimism for Rebuilding Broadway Bridge

by Austin DuVall 8/17/2015 12:00 am

Motorists who regularly drive downtown may dread next year's replacement of the Broadway Bridge, but Little Rock and transit officials don't expect the $98.4 million project to cause many problems for area businesses.

Party City Purchase Tops $2.8 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/17/2015 12:00 am

An 8,100-SF retail project in west Little Rock weighed in at more than $2.8 million. A 1,866-SF KFC in Little Rock changed hands in a $1.65 million sale. And a 13,190-SF warehouse in North Little Rock rang up a $625,000 transaction.

Tyson Closing Iowa Beef Plant

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2015 04:12 pm

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Friday it was closing a beef production plant in Denison, Iowa, that would affect 400 employees.

Cache Chef Payne Harding Apologizes After Protestors Hit With Water

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/12/2015 03:30 pm

Payne Harding, the executive chef and co-owner of Cache Restaurant in Little Rock, issued an apology on Wednesday after he reportedly dumped water on protestors outside the eatery Tuesday evening.

Chef Shuttle Expands to Fayetteville, Springdale

by Alexis Hosticka 8/12/2015 02:00 pm

Restaurant delivery service Chef Shuttle announced Wednesday it will expand in northwest Arkansas to include Springdale beginning Friday, Aug. 14, and to Fayetteville and Farmington on Friday, Aug. 21.

Asa Hutchinson Makes Board, Commission, Court Appointments

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/12/2015 09:18 am

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday announced the following appointments.

$15M in Walton Family Grants Fuel Culinary Expansion at NWACC

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2015 11:55 am

NorthWest Arkansas Community College said Tuesday that its Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management will expand thanks to three grants totaling $15 million from the Walton Family Foundation.

Lonoke County Farmland, Hurricane Lake Lots Highlight Tri-County Seven-Digit Deals

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/10/2015 12:00 am

More than 570 acres in Lonoke County, 37 residential lots in Saline County, land for a commercial redevelopment in Benton and a big home in west Little Rock provide this week's quartet of million-dollar transactions.

Fatal Crash Led to Split Between Farmers Insurance, Allen Kerr

by Mark Friedman 8/10/2015 12:00 am

For more than 30 years, Allen Kerr was one of Farmers Insurance Group's most productive agents in Arkansas. That changed on Halloween 2011, when Farmers, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, terminated its relationship with Kerr and his Allen W. Kerr Insurance Agency Inc. of Little Rock.

Hays Buys Coca-Cola Plant in Jonesboro, Eyes November Open

by Alexis Hosticka 8/5/2015 09:48 am

Empty and on the market since 2008, the Coca-Cola bottling plant at the intersection of South Caraway Road and Highland Drive in Jonesboro is getting new life as a 55,000-SF Hays Clothing store set to open in November.

Some Hiccups, But Development Continues Along Main Street in Little Rock

by Alexis Hosticka 8/4/2015 03:26 pm

About $100 million in new development is unfolding along Little Rock's Main Street as developers bet on an influx of jobs and residents, according to an estimate by Moses Tucker Real Estate of Little Rock.

UA Launching New Research Center with Federal Grant

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/3/2015 10:04 am

The Center for Advanced Surface Engineering will partner with Arkansas industries and create new products for use in manufacturing, aerospace and defense, agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, food packaging and health care.

Del Frisco's Grille, Heading to Promenade in Little Rock, Hiring 120

by Alexis Hosticka 8/3/2015 09:47 am

Publicly traded restaurant chain Del Frisco's Grille said Monday that it plans to hire 120 employees for its new Little Rock location scheduled to open in September.