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Archie Schaffer's Big Star is planned to open at 208 N. Block Ave. in Fayetteville.
Restaurants & Food / Tourism

Archie Schaffer IV Plans Big Star Bar in Beaver Electric Building

Archie Schaffer IV last week moved one step closer to opening his Big Star bar in Fayetteville, the first solo venture for the northwest Arkansas restaurateur. Schaffer received conditional approval of his private club permit from Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control. read more >
Russ Melton, president of Diamond Bear, says breweries  add to the state’s image and desirability.
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Beer Tourism Contributing to Growth in Industry

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. read more >
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Asa Hutchinson Names Gary ‘Bud’ Roberts to Lead ABC

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday announced Gary "Bud" Roberts as the new director of the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division. read more >
Jeremy Hutchinson
Government & Politics / Restaurants & Food

Jeremy Hutchinson Amends Alcohol Application Bill

State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson, R-Benton, told Arkansas Business early last week that he planned to amend his bill increasing the fee to apply to sell wine, spirits and malt liquor, and, indeed, he has. read more >
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Beer, Wine Permits Soon To Be Served in Saline, Columbia Counties

With voter approval Nov. 4 of alcohol sales in Saline and Columbia counties, retailers have been lining up for permits. read more >
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Craft Brewers’ Growth Spurs Look at Rules

The explosive growth of the craft brewing industry in Arkansas is causing the brewers themselves and state regulators to re-evaluate the rules governing the sector, a re-evaluation that has the potential to lead to new state laws. read more >
Sherwood’s North Hills Shopping Center needs a new tenant after PopATop North decided not to reopen in a new building there.
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Sherwood North Hills Shopping Center Needs New Tenant

The first new construction in the North Hills Shopping Center at JFK and North Hills boulevards in Sherwood in decades is ready to lease. read more >
Post Familie Vineyards.
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New Shipping Law More Miss Than Hit, Arkansas Wine Producers Say

Arkansas’ wine producers said Act 483, which went into effect in August 2013, puts the state wineries at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state shippers. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration said 114 permits have been issued to allow shipping to Arkansas consumers, but only two permits have been given to a state winery. read more >
Michael Langley, director of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, predicts the state Legislature would take a “conservative” approach to any potential alcohol legislation. | (Photo by Jason Burt)
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If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan

If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan. read more >
A pizza place at 1318 S. Main St. may become a new neighbor for Midtown Billiards.
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SoMa Neighborhood May Soon See Another Restaurant

A new restaurant at 1318 S. Main St. in downtown Little Rock appears a step closer to reality. Restaurateur Bart Barlogie Jr., co-owner of The Fold, has filed an application for a mixed drink and retail beer permit. read more >
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On Private Clubs (Editorial)

When savvy entrepreneurs see a need going unfilled, they form businesses. When those businesses successfully meet that need, they thrive. You know, America. Now the Little Rock Board of Directors is considering stepping between businesses and their customers. read more >
The Little Rock location is the first Gus’s outside of Tennessee.
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Gus’s Fried Chicken Announces 2nd Little Rock Location

Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken says that it will open a second Little Rock location later this summer, in west Little Rock at the space formerly occupied by Buffalo Grill. read more >
Ben Johnson
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Shift Toward ‘Wet’ Taking Arkansas by Storm (Ben Johnson Commentary)

Arkansas today remains among the few states fractured into a patchwork of wet and dry regions. The surge of local option elections expanding the boundaries of wet territory has provoked calls in state publications for a uniform statewide system of liquor sales that could not be eroded piecemeal by local referendums. read more >
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Jonesboro Liquor Sales Up 5.26 Percent in 2013

Establishments in Jonesboro sold $8.2 million worth of alcohol in 2013, which was up $408,255, or 5.26 percent, over 2012’s numbers. read more >
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A Wet State of Mind (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

I used to think I was just so darn clever, but that was before I saw Little Rock attorney David Couch in action. He did the math and realized that it would be easier and cheaper to collect the 78,000 signatures needed to get an amendment making Arkansas counties wet to the state Constitution on the November general election ballot — just 10 percent of voters in the last gubernatorial election — than to collect 38 percent of registered voter signatures in one county after another. read more >
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Plans for Fort Smith Brewery On Tap

“True Grit” country, Fort Smith specifically, may be getting its own microbrewery, if a man named Arthur A. Didion finds success. read more >
Maxine's Tap Room
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Maxine’s Tap Room Applies for Wholesale Wine

The owner of a landmark watering hole in Fayetteville has applied to Alcoholic Beverage Control for an on-premise wine permit. read more >
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Independence County Pushing to Go Wet

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. read more >
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Restaurants Open, Serving Cheer At Christmas (Sans the Nog)

As for this Christmas and dining choices, what follows is a by-no-means-comprehensive list for the Little Rock-North Little Rock area, with a side trip to Russellville. Calling ahead is highly recommended. read more >
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Time to End The Silly Game (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

The times, they are a-changin’ and it seems to me long past time for Arkansas’ laws on alcohol to change with the times. There is a lot of silliness and protectionism in the law — in what other industry is cost-efficient chain ownership forbidden by state statute? — and the worst is the deliberate impediment to determining the will of the people. read more >