Tacos 4 Life Prepping for Little Rock, Benton and Beyond

Tacos 4 Life Prepping for Little Rock, Benton and Beyond
Austin and Ashton Samuelson, owners of Tacos 4 Life. (Daniel Moody)

Your Whispers staff has a post-Thanksgiving update on Tacos 4 Life, the Conway-based mini-chain that donates a meal to the hungry for every meal purchased. Austin Samuelson, who owns Tacos 4 Life with his wife, Ashton, hopes to open their first Little Rock location at Shackleford Crossing sometime in mid-February.

The “next step,” says Samuelson, is the new Tacos 4 Life in Benton at 7821 Alcoa Road, which he expects to open sometime in the spring. The site is the old Callahan Motor Co. location, adjacent to a Slim Chickens. The Tacos 4 Life spots in Little Rock and Benton will be just under 3,900 SF and will seat 120. They’ll each employ about 70.

The Benton store would make the fifth Tacos 4 Life restaurant, which currently has two locations in Conway and one in Fayetteville.

And then it’s on to what would make the chain’s sixth location, another store in northwest Arkansas that Samuelson says is on the horizon for 2017. He cautions, however, that “nothing’s a done deal until you’ve got a contract.”

In addition, Samuelson says, “We’re kicking the tires on franchising and that sort of stuff, but that’s a little farther down the road.”