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Restaurateurs Jim Keet, left, and his son, Jake, right, look over a rendering of the planned facade update for their future Waldo’s Chicken & Beer location with fellow Breckenridge Village Shopping Center investor Hank Kelley.
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Aging LR Commercial Centers Get a Refresh with New DevelopmentLock Icon

Hopeful new tenants at Breckenridge Village, the Riverdale Center and Pavilion in the Park share a new vision for how aging commercial properties can bring back customers. read more >
A rendering of the redeveloped Breckenridge Village shopping center at 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd. in Little Rock
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Owners See Breckenridge Village As ‘Restaurant-centric’ Destination

Restaurants both local and national have expressed interest in the center, said Jim Keet, chairman of JTJ Restaurants of Little Rock. read more >
From left: A rib plate from Count Porkula BBQ, a beer from Flyway Brewing, a customer enjoying a bite at DeLuca's Pizzeria, and a chicken sandwich and fries from Waldo's Chicken & Beer
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Delicious Food & Brew News for Central ArkansasLock Icon

The common denominator in a series of dining developments is the Keet family’s JTJ Restaurants. read more >
A Google Street View image of Breckenridge Village, a Little Rock shopping center that was purchased by a group led by the Keet family
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Breckenridge Village Sale Adds Up to $11.3M

A group led by the Keet family announced the purchase of the Little Rock shopping center last week. read more >
A rendering of the redeveloped Breckenridge Village shopping center at 10301 N. Rodney Parham Rd. in Little Rock
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Keet-Led Group Acquires Breckenridge Village; 4 Restaurants Part of Redevelopment Plan

A multi-million dollar redesign of the 8.9-acre property calls for new building exteriors, new signage, and a courtyard with amphitheater-style seating. read more >
Parcel lines are approximate and shown for illustration only.
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McCain Plaza Rings Up $31M Transaction (Real Deals)Lock Icon

An affiliate of American Realty Capital purchased the 314,236-SF retail center in North Little Rock. read more >
A City Silo Table + Pantry, such as the Memphis location shown above, is planned at the former Pei Wei property at The Promenade at Chenal in west Little Rock.
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City Silo Coming to Little RockLock Icon

City Silo Table + Pantry of Memphis is bringing its first out-of-state location to Little Rock, to the former Pei Wei restaurant at the Promenade at Chenal. read more >
Gina Gemberling, interim CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau 
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LRCVB Picks Gina Gemberling as Next CEO

She's helping lead a tourism master plan initiative that will identify competitive positioning and tourism infrastructure needs. read more >
Restaurants & Food

Waldo’s Sets Opening Date for North Little Rock Location

The restaurant is looking to hire 30-40 employees for all positions. read more >
Gina Gemberling, interim CEO of the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau 
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Gina Gemberling Named Interim CEO of LRCVB

She's an industry veteran who has led the bureau's sales and marketing efforts in recent years. read more >
Gretchen Hall is leaving LRCVB, effective March 22, for a new job with Destinations International.
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Gretchen Hall Leaving LRCVB for National Role

She joined LRCVB in 2001 in its Event Operations Division and was named the president and CEO in 2011. read more >
A rib plate from Count Porkula at the Rail Yard in Little Rock.
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Count Porkula Brings Barbecue to Former SmokehouseLock Icon

JTJ Restaurants and Count Porkula BBQ have teamed up to open a full-service restaurant at the former Ozark Country Restaurant location. read more >
Jim Keet, Nick Roye and Antwan Phillips of the Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission
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Little Rock A&P Commission Members Shift Roles (Movers & Shakers)

Jim Keet, Nick Roye and Antwan Phillips will serve on the Little Rock Advertising & Promotion Commission. read more >
French Hill
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French Hill Touts Bill to Help Businesses Qualify for PPP Loans

U.S. Rep. French Hill says he’ll introduce a bill next week to help more businesses qualify for the second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans. read more >
Rowan Park Apartments at 1000 Kirby Road in Little Rock
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Rowan Park Apartments Draws $7.4M Sale (Real Deals)Lock Icon

Rowan Park at Kanis LLC, led by Jacob Chi, sold its namesake project at 1000 Kirby Road to Deancurt Little Rock II LLC, an affiliate of Aspen Square Management Inc. read more >
The former Carino's restaurant location on Warden Road in North Little Rock will soon be home to Waldo's Chicken & Beer. (Parcel lines approximate and shown for illustration.)
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Waldo’s on the Way in North Little RockLock Icon

The recent $1.1 million purchase of the former Carino’s location at 4221 Warden Road sets the stage for the first Waldo’s in Arkansas to open later this year. read more >
David’s Burgers at 101 S. Bowman Road in west Little Rock.
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Mixed-Use Building Sale Surpasses $2.7M (Real Deals)Lock Icon

A 16,055-SF combination David’s Burgers and bank branch in west Little Rock tipped the scales at $2.75 million. read more >
The popularity of chicken sandwiches at fast-food and similar restaurants, such as this one from Popeyes, continues to grow.
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Chicken Sandwich: The Ultimate ComfortLock Icon

Fried chicken may be the ultimate comfort food. And we all need comfort now more than ever. read more >
David’s Burgers at 101 S. Bowman Road in west Little Rock.
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Don’t Look for Waldo’s in West Little RockLock Icon

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer will not be setting up shop at 101 S. Bowman Road, although the property’s new ownership includes some names behind the rollout of as many as 20 of the franchised eateries in Arkansas and Oklahoma. read more >
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Waldo’s Coming to ArkansasLock Icon

The Keet family’s JTJ Restaurants is launching a joint venture that’s planning to open up to 20 Waldo’s Chicken & Beer restaurants in Arkansas and Oklahoma. read more >