Restaurants & Food Archive

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

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

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

Upscale Rivals Play Catch-up to Cache in Sales Receipts

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

Cache has been open only since mid-December, yet it's on track to blow by the competition among Little Rock's full-service, fine dining, white tablecloth restaurants in total sales, including the usual leader, Sonny Williams Steak Room.The restaurant, co-owned by Crews & Associates CEO Rush Harding and his son, Payne, is located at 425 President Clinton Ave. in the River Market District, in the $14 million, 59,000-SF Arcade Building.

Illinois Company Sour Over Fayetteville Distributor's Lack of Sugar Rush

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

An Illinois company that was expecting nearly 35 million pounds of sugar by the end of 2015 was shocked when the Fayetteville supplier canceled the contract in April.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

UA Study: Tangible Economic Benefits for Craighead, Faulkner, Saline Going Wet

by Lee Hogan 7/2/2014 10:38 am

The group pushing for the legalization of alcohol sales in three Arkansas counties commissioned an economic impact study that estimated those counties would have seen a combined $87.2 million in retail alcohol sales in 2013.

Tyson Foods Moving Forward with Hillshire Deal

by Marty Cook 7/2/2014 09:34 am

Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced Wednesday it had signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. of Chicago for approximately $8.55 billion.

Trail Boosts Springdale's Downtown Effort

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The city of Springdale's master plan calling for rejuvenating its downtown is estimated to be about $20.5 million in improvements, coinciding with the opening of the Razorback Greenway trail later this year.

UA Spends Millions On Adjacent Properties (NWA Real Deals)

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The University of Arkansas had a busy few weeks buying up properties on the borders of its campus.

Ending Hunger Will Require Compromise (Jo Luck Commentary)

by Jo Luck 6/30/2014 12:00 am

After more than two decades working alongside sustainable development experts at Heifer International, I am confident that world hunger can be eliminated with the appropriate approach and collaboration.

Site Work Starts on Outlet Mall in West Little Rock

by Lee Hogan 6/24/2014 03:02 pm

Site work for a proposed outlet mall has begun on a 30-acre tract of land at the Gateway Town Center in west Little Rock. Outlets at Little Rock is slated to open in summer 2015.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

Fayetteville Firm Launches Innovative Rice Bran Products

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/23/2014 11:03 am

The products, NutraBran™ Solubles and NutraBran™ Fiber, are plant-based protein and bulking/fiber ingredients suitable for use in products such as baked goods, meats, cereals, smoothies and snacks.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014

by Gwen Moritz 6/23/2014 12:00 am

This week, Arkansas Business presents its 21st class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year's honorees represent our state's geography — Pine Bluff, England, Jonesboro, Conway, Fort Smith, Rogers — and the diversity of our business community — farming, finance, medicine, academia, nonprofits.

Video: Both Sides Claim Harassment in Wet-Dry Signature Drive

by Lance Turner 6/20/2014 08:31 am

Feelings are running high over the wet-dry question, particularly Faulkner County. Meanwhile, the groups that want to put it for a vote have until July 7 to collect the signatures they need.

David Couch Files Complaint Against Wet-Dry Opposition Group in Faulkner County

by Lee Hogan 6/19/2014 04:42 pm

Little Rock attorney David Couch, who is leading an effort to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would legalize sales in all Arkansas counties, has filed an ethics complaint against an opposition group in Faulkner County.

Reports Shed Light on Backers of Wet, Dry Groups in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 6/19/2014 04:12 pm

Ballot question committees have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on wet-dry county battles across the state as the deadline for signatures and the all-important November election loom.

Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue.

Diamond Bear's Arkansas Alehouse One Step on the Growth Path

by Jan Cottingham 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Last Thursday, Diamond Bear Brewing Co. opened its Arkansas Alehouse restaurant, allowing owner and President Russ Melton to prove his theory: retail complements production, alehouse complements brewhouse.

Popcorn Sales Slide at Little Rock Movie Theaters

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/16/2014 12:00 am

The biggest drop in concession sales came from the Colonel Glenn 18, which was once known as the Rave Motion Pictures. It reported sales of $2.8 million in 2013, down 11.2 percent from the previous year, according to Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission data.

Diamond Bear Brewing Co.'s Arkansas Alehouse Now Open

by Lee Hogan 6/12/2014 03:17 pm

Diamond Bear Brewing Co. has officially opened its new restaurant, Arkansas Alehouse, at the site of its new headquarters at 600 N. Broadway in North Little Rock.