Brunch toast and more at Johnson's Well Met

A photo of two colorful plates of breakfast food and two cups of coffee.

Hail Fellow Well Met's Toast is left, and The Simple is right. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Perhaps the best part about not having a traditional office is getting to meet up with co-workers for brunch.

  • Alex and I connected at Hail Fellow Well Met in Johnson last week to work on a project, so naturally we had to eat.

4 NWA restaurants serving Thanksgiving feasts

Illustration of a neon sign with a turkey in it lighting up and flickering.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

These NWA restaurants are either open for Thanksgiving dinner or offering to-go meals so you can enjoy the holiday at home without all the prep work.

  • Pro tip: If you're leaning toward the dine-in options, consider making reservations ASAP.
Worth Sparkman
Nov 21, 2022 - Business

Northwest Arkansas outdoor startups get leg up from GORP

Illustration of Benjamin Franklin inside a green sleeping bag.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Seven entrepreneurs graduated from University of Arkansas' Greenhouse Outdoor Recreation Program (GORP) business incubator last Thursday.

What happened: About 60 people gathered at The Collaborative, the University of Arkansas' campus in Bentonville, to see presentations from the founder-graduates and, in some cases, check out prototype products.

Worth Sparkman
Nov 16, 2022 - News

Widespread bird flu lingers and drives up food prices

Data: USDA; Map: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals

An outbreak of highly contagious avian influenza that started in February has persisted all year, infecting more than 50.3 million birds, the USDA estimates.

Reality check: That's as many animals as were impacted by the dramatic outbreak of 2014-2015.

Worth Sparkman
Nov 15, 2022 - Business

Tyson Foods reports earnings and CFO review

A photo of John R. Tyson, CFO of Tyson Foods, speaking from a podium in 2021, wearing khakis.

John R. Tyson addresses the NWA Council in 2021. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

Tyson Foods said Monday that independent members of its board of directors will launch a "thorough review" of its chief financial officer's arrest last week.

  • CEO Donnie King declined to address specifics about the board's audit or to speculate on ramifications, noting the company has a "robust governance program" in place and that he has confidence in the process.

Bella Vista introduces a new late night pub

The basic witch β€” a pumpkin cocktail done right. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

The former American Legion building in Bella Vista has transformed into Shredder's Public House, hence its new funky geometric designs on the exterior.

The intrigue: Bella Vista is a former retirement community. It's a beautiful place with trails, lakes and golf courses, but the town is not exactly known for its vibrant nightlife or bustling restaurant scene.

Worth Sparkman
Nov 14, 2022 - Business

Recreation economy highlighted at Axios NWA event

Axios' Mike Allen interviews Katherine Andrews, director of outdoor recreation for the state Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

Axios' Mike Allen interviews Katherine Andrews, director of outdoor recreation for the state Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Photo: Stephen Ironside/Axios

More than 200 people gathered at the Record in Bentonville last Thursday for an Axios event focused on the recreation economy in the Natural State.

The big picture: The industry in Arkansas grew 23% from 2020 to 2021, according to the state Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

Research aims to make Arkansas hops a reality for local brewers

Illustration of a pattern of hops.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture researchers are working with local breweries to see if they will consider using hops grown in the state for their beer.

What happened: The three-year research project intended to see if hops worthy of beer can be grown on a commercial scale in Arkansas wrapped up last year.

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