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Keeping Up the Capital: Little Rock’s Historic Hotel Gets $3M FaceliftLock Icon

The $3 million project now in progress will repair segments of the west wall built in the 1870s. read more >
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Colony West Apartments in West Little Rock Sell for $7.5MLock Icon

This week's million-dollar deals and construction kicks off with a 126-unit apartment complex. read more >
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Capital Hotel, Restaurant Will Reopen Monday

The 94-room Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock and its Capital Bar & Grill will reopen on May 17; both closed last year in response to the pandemic. read more >
Reince Priebus speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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Reince Priebus Spotted at Capital Bar & GrillLock Icon

Reince Priebus, who served President Donald Trump for the first six months of his administration, was in Little Rock last week. read more >
Warren Stephens has steered the family ship for longer than anyone, leading Stephens Inc. for more than 30 years.

Business Icons: Warren Stephens Steers Company Into Growth, Expansion

Warren Stephens has done more than just safeguard the fortunes of a company birthed during the Depression and founded on entrepreneurial moxie. The second-generation CEO and stakeholder took it to another level and solidified his status as a billionaire along the way. read more >
At the Hilton Garden Inn site are Chet Patel, Pinnacle Hotel Group president; Shawn Govind, director of development; Roshan Patel, development coordinator; Rocky Govind, director of construction and asset management; and Nayan Nagin, director of purchasing and procurement.
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Downtown Little Rock Attracts More Hoteliers

Downtown Little Rock has drawn the attention of three hotel developers who have invested more than $7.3 million to secure locations. read more >
Geovanni Leiva, co-founder of Leiva’s Coffee, roasts a batch of coffee beans. | (Photo by Wil Chandler)
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Geovanni Leiva Brings Family Coffee from Guatemala to Leiva’s Coffee in Sherwood

Leiva’s Coffee of Sherwood is brewing up a philosophy of generosity, combining homegrown coffee with a belief in helping the less fortunate. The way to accomplish this: offering coffee bean growers a greater percentage of profits to allow for reinvestment in underserved communities. read more >
The Capital Hotel in Little Rock, located at 111 W. Markham St., was recently added to the Southern Living Hotel Collection, a list of independent four- and five-star hotels, resorts and inns across the South.
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Capital Hotel Named to Southern Living Hotel Collection

The Capital Hotel in Little Rock was recently added to the Southern Living Hotel Collection, a list of independent four- and five-star hotels, resorts and inns across the South. read more >
Joël Antunes, far right in photo, in December replaced Lee Richardson as executive chef of Little Rock’s Capital Hotel restaurants. 
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Changes, Temporary Closing Coming to Ashley’s at the Capital Hotel

Change is coming to Ashley's at the Capital Hotel. Hotel management says the popular Little Rock restaurant will be closing, temporarily, May 4 to allow for a redesign. The restaurant aims to reopen in July. read more >
Millionairess Melanie Steele’s last real estate purchase was this house at 3 Cantrell Road, which she purchased in July 2001 for $335,000. (Photo by Mark Wilson) | Originally published in Arkansas Business on April 10, 2000.
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Who is Melanie Steele… And Why Is She Buying All This Stuff?

Since the beginning of the year, Melanie Steele has paid $1 million for a home in Chenal Valley; $385,000 for a house in Canal Pointe and $92,000 for the lot next door; $357,500 for a house in the Lakewood section of North Little Rock; and $80,000 for a house that she then moved off its lot in Indian Hills. All in cash. 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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Capital Hotel’s Pastry Chef Tandra Watkins Is Moving to Miami

The Capital Hotel's star executive pastry chef, Tandra Watkins, is moving to Miami next month. read more >
Michael Wekerle, seen in a video posted to YouTube in 2011.

Michael Wekerle Tells Toronto Star: Not Proud Of Behavior

The Toronto Star follows up on reports out of Little Rock that Canadian millionaire Michael Wekerle is being sued by a Capital Hotel employee after a wild night in Little Rock. read more >

Here’s a GIF of Michael Wekerle Picking Up A Woman Outside the Capital Hotel

Courtesy of the Arkansas Times, here's a taste of Canadian businessman Michael Wekerle's night at the Capital Hotel three years ago. read more >
Michael Wekerle, seen in a video posted to YouTube in 2011.
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Update: Canadian Trader Plans to Fight LR Lawsuit ‘Vigorously’

A valet injured when Michael Wekerle, a "very wealthy, important person from Canada," caused a rumpus at the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock three years ago, is now seeking $75,000 in damages. read more >
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Staff Members of LR’s Capital Hotel Branch Out Online

While the Capital Hotel's new executive chef develops a cooking website, an executive of the hotel already has a web site "running." read more >
“Hands on” is how Michael Chaffin, chief operating officer of the Capital Hotel, described Chef Joël Antunes, above. “It’s his recipes, it’s his cooking style, his preparations, methods. All those will be what [Capital staffers] follow,” Chaffin said. 
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Video: Capital Hotel’s New Chef Joël Antunes Cooking for Growth

Antunes expects to change the Ashley’s menu, but he doesn’t plan to make the fare incompatible with what Richardson and his team have done in the past. read more >
Joël Antunes, the new executive chef at Little Rock's Capital Hotel.
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Capital Hotel Names New Executive Chef

The Capital Hotel of Little Rock says Joël Antunes is its new executive chef, overseeing the kitchen at Ashley’s in the Capital Hotel, the Capital Bar and Grill, and the hotel’s private dining and catering. read more >
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Matt Bell to Open Oxford American’s South on Main Restaurant

Matt Bell, sous-chef at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock will own South on Main, a Southern restaurant associated with The Oxford American magazine. It is expected to open in February. read more >