Timeline

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Restaurants serve several functions. They are, of course, places to acquire sustenance of the body. For many of these older restaurants, though, they've become gathering places where families of sorts are put together, bands of regulars always returning, leagues of visiting diners molding their travels to accommodate a hearty meal. In many ways, the restaurants that stay around become places to acquire sustenance of the soul.

This is a work in progress -- a timeline of when iconic Arkansas restaurants came into being.  Feel free to send me your suggestions to kat@tiedyetravels.com -- and any corrections as well.

Restaurants are listed by first appearance, regardless of interruption of service.  The oldest continually operating restaurant still operating in Arkansas is Franke's Cafeteria  The White House Cafe in Camden.

Locations in red are listed in Arkansas Pie: A Delicious Slice of the Natural State.

Locations in purple or blue have received Kat's blog attention, either here at Tie Dye Travels or on the Eat Arkansas blog with the Arkansas Times. *Note -- the Eat Arkansas blog is now behind a paywall.

Hinderliter Grog Shop (currently at Historic Arkansas Museum) (1826) *Oldest remaining restaurant building in Arkansas
Williams Tavern Restaurant (currently at Historic Washington State Park) (1832) *Oldest original restaurant serving today
Potts Inn Tavern (Pottsville) (1850s)


Oark General Store (1890) * Oldest general store in Arkansas, but hasn't always been a restaurant.
Futrell Pharmacy (1895) *Oldest soda fountain
Oaklawn Racing (1904) (for corned beef sandwiches)  *Contains restaurants but doesn't qualify
Kitchen's Corner Store Cafe (Heth) (1905)
White House Cafe (Camden) (1907)
Ozark Cafe (Jasper) (1909)
Jones' Bar-B-Q Diner (Marianna) (1910s) *Tradition possibly goes back as far as the Civil War; current location 1964
White Pig Inn (1920) *Oldest barbecue joint in Central Arkansas
Franke's Cafeteria (Little Rock) (1919) *Multiple locations, including former location in Hot Springs and in the old University Mall
Broadway Cafe (Prescott) (1920) 
Myrtie Mae's (Eureka Springs) (1920s)
Skyline Cafe (Mena) (1922)
Mary Maestri's (Tontitown/Springdale) (1923) *Moved to Springdale in 2012, oldest remaining Tontitown settlement restaurant
Dixie Pig (Blytheville) (1923)
Brother's Cottage Cafe (Van Buren) (1925-2008, 2011-)
George's Majestic Lounge (1927) -- not a restaurant, but an influencer on the area
Magnolia Bake Shop (1928) *May be oldest bakery in the state
McClard's Barbecue (Hot Springs) (1928)
Asher Dairy Bar (1929) *Oldest remaining burger joint in Central Arkansas
Lassis Inn (Little Rock) (1931) *State's oldest catfish restaurant
Bryce's Cafeteria (Texarkana*) (1931)
Ozark Mountain Smokehouse/Ozark Family Restaurant (1930s)
The Shack (Little Rock) (1934-1988)
Rock Cafe (Waldron) (1936)
Sno-White Grill (Pine Bluff, 1936)
Sim's Barbecue (Little Rock) (1937)
Ole Sawmill Cafe (Forrest City) (1937)
Pancake Shop (Hot Springs) (1940)
Midtown Billiards (Little Rock) (1940)
Pasquale's Tamales (Helena) (1940s)
Ed Walker's French Dipped Sandwiches and Drive-In (Fort Smith) (1943) *Oldest continually operating restaurant in Fort Smith
Neal's Cafe (Springdale) (1944)
Coursey's Smoked Meats (St. Joe) (1945)
Coy's (Hot Springs)(1945-2009)
Browning's (Little Rock) (1946)
Craig Brothers Cafe (DeValls Bluff) (1947)
Skinny's White Spot Cafe (Fort Smith) (1947)
AQ Chicken House (Springdale) (1947)
Venetian Inn (Tontitown) (1947)
Community Bakery (North Little Rock/Little Rock) (1947)
Mexico Chiquito (North Little Rock) (1949)
Bruno's Little Italy (Little Rock) (1949-2011, 2012)
The Old South (Russellville) (1949)
The Villa (Little Rock) (1950s)
The Band Box (1950s?-2010, 2012)
Stubby's BBQ (Hot Springs) (1952)
Emmy's German Restaurant (Fort Smith) (1952)
Pam Pam Supper Club (Stuttgart) (1952) (closed)
Pancho's (West Memphis) (1953)
Herb's Creamland (Ashdown) (1954)
Batten's Bakery (Paragould) (1954)
Marlar's Cafeteria (Magnolia) (1958)
Spudnut Shop (Magnolia) (1959)
Paul's Bakery (Van Buren) (1959)
Black Angus (Little Rock) (1960)
Spudnut Shoppe (El Dorado) (1960s)
Jacques and Suzanne's (Little Rock) (-1986)
Couch's Corner BBQ (Jonesboro) (-2012)
Burge's Drive-In (Lewisville) (1962)
Jimmy's Drive-In (Stamps) (1964)
Herman's Ribhouse (Fayetteville) (1964)
Ray's Dairy Maid (Barton) (1960s)
Daisy Queen (Marshall) (1966)
Betty's Steaks and Chicken (Harrisburg) (1966)
Kelley-Wyatt's (Batesville) (1966)
Feltner's Whatta-Burger (Russellville) (1967)
Murray's Dinner Playhouse (Little Rock) (1967)
Cliff House Inn (Jasper) (1967)
Benson's Grill (Fort Smith) (late 1960s)
Wiederkehr's Weinkeller Restaurant (Wiederkehr Village) (1967)
The Cow Pen (Lake Village) (1967)
4-Dice Restaurant (Fordyce) (1967)
Rib Eye Steakhouse (Fort Smith) (1968)
Fred's Hickory Inn (Bentonville) (1969)
Al's Barbecue (Trumann) (1969)
Master Chef (Harrison) (1969)
Little Rock Club (1969)
Taliano's (Fort Smith) (1970)
Frank's Eskimo Queen (Jonesboro) (1970)
Casa Bonita (Little Rock) (1970-1993, continued as Casa Viva and then Casa Bonita until 2005)
Monte Ne Inn Chicken Restaurant (Rogers/Monte Ne) (1971)
Catfish Inn (Dardanelle) (1971)
Big Red Drive-In (Russellville) (1971)
Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales (Lake Village) (1973)
Dairyette (Mt. Ida) (1973)
Colonial Steakhouse (Pine Bluff) (1973)
Frostop (Little Rock/North Little Rock) (1970s, closed 2012)
Mr. Dunderbak's (1970s-2001/2012-)
Pic-Nic-Ker Drive-In (Dumas) (1974)
Brown's Country Store and Restaurant (1975)
Bar-B-Q Barn (Paragould) (1975)
Rod's Pizza Cellar (Hot Springs) (1975)
Cherry's Old Time Soda Fountain (Hope) (1975)
Klappenbach Bakery (1975-2011)
Cajun's Wharf (Little Rock) (1975)
Taco Villa (Russellville) (1976)
Burge's in the Heights (Little Rock)(1977)
Hungry Man Restaurant (Newport) (1977)
Dixie Diner (Texarkana) (1977)
Hugo's (Fayetteville) (1977)
Facci's (Hot Springs) (1977)
Bulldog Restaurant (Bald Knob) (1978)
Presley's Drive-In (Jonesboro) (1978)
The Yellow Umbrella (Fort Smith) (1978)
Bavarian Inn (Eureka Springs) (1979)
Stoby's (Conway/Russellville)(1980)
Catfish City (Little Rock) (1980)
Rick's Bakery (Fayetteville) (1980)
Brown's Catfish (Russellville) (1980)
Steffey's Pizza (Lavaca) (1991)
Kopper Kettle Smokehouse (Van Buren) (1981) -- has great Japanese Fruit pie!
Dragon and Phoenix (Jonesboro) (1981)
Molly's Diner (Warren) (1981)
The Butcher Shop (Little Rock) (1982)
Ed and Kay's Restaurant (Benton) (1982 -- previously Ed and Alma's)
Shogun Japanese Steakhouse (Little Rock) (1982)
George's Restaurant (Fort Smith) (1983)
Phillips Fish Market (Forrest City) (1983)
Cock of the Walk (North Little Rock) (1984)
Breaker Drive-In (Monticello) (1984)
Pier 27 (Doddridge) (1984)
Cotham's Mercantile (Scott) (1984)
Hamburger Station (Paragould) (1985)
Calico County (Fort Smith) (1985)
Madam Wu's (Russellville) (1985)
The Faded Rose (Little Rock) (1980s)
The Village Wheel (Bull Shoals) (1980s)
Woody's Bar-B-Que (Waldenburg) (1985)
Re-Pete's Place (Fort Smith) (1985)
Barb's Bar-B-Q (Searcy) (1985)
DeVito's Restaurant (Bear Creek Springs) (1986)
Willy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers (Dermott) (1986)
501 Club and Restaurant (Jonesboro) (1986)
Dierk's Drive-In (Dierks) (1986)
Trio's (Little Rock) (1986)
Ermilio's (Eureka Springs) (1986)
Bob & Ellie's (Fort Smith) (1986)
Reed's Twinburger (Fort Smith) (1986)
Abe's Ole Fish House (Lawson) (1986)
Silvek's European Bakery (Little Rock)(1986)
Dondie's White River Princess (Des Arc)(1987)
Tom's Little House (Fort Smith) (1987)
Diamond Head Restaurant (Fort Smith) (1987)
Lin's Garden (Fort Smith) (1987)
Rich's Burgers (Pine Bluff, 19?? -- 70s?)
Terri-Lynn's BBQ (Little Rock) (1987)
Ann's/Gina's Place (Jonesboro) (1987)
The Barn (Piggott) (1987)
DeVito's of Eureka Springs (1988)
Forbidden City (Little Rock) (1988)
Doe's Eat Place (Little Rock) (1988)
Zack's Place (Little Rock) (1988)
Mt. Fuji Japanese Restaurant (Little Rock) (1988)
Mueller's Bistro and Bakery (Hot Springs) (1988)
Rita's (Hector) (1989)
Front Page Cafe (Jonesboro) (1989)
Fisherman's Cove (Harrison) (1989)
Al's Barbecue (Fort Smith) (1989)
Smoke House Restaurant (Heber Springs) (1989)
Lindsey's Hospitality House (North Little Rock) (1989)
Wink's Dairy Bar (North Little Rock)(1989) -- also good coconut meringue pie.
Your Mama's Good Food (Little Rock) (1990)
Backyard Barbecue Company (Magnolia) (1990)
Rick's Iron Skillet (Fayetteville) (1990)
American Burger Center (Melbourne) (1990)
Munchy's Specialty Sandwiches (Jonesboro) (1990)
Wagon Wheel (Greenbrier) (1990)
Old Tyme Burger Shoppe (Texarkana) (1991)
Local Flavor Cafe (Eureka Springs) (1991) -- and that Chocolate Decadence pie...
Fu Lin (Little Rock) (1991)
Nick's Bar-B-Q and Catfish (Carlisle) (1991)
Salem Dairy Bar (Benton) (1991?)
Lewis Family Restaurant (Fort Smith) (1993)

Dates needed:
R.A. Pickens and Sons (the Pickens Commissary -- building to 1881, restaurant date?)
Catfish Cove (Fort Smith)
The Hush Puppy (Camden) (closed)
Hamilton House (Hot Springs) (closed)
Ferguson's Country Store and Restaurant (St. Joe)
Bonnie's (Watson)
Dairyland Drive In (North Little Rock)
Andre's (Little Rock)(closed)
Cadron Creek Catfish House (Bee Branch)
Wheatberries (Little Rock) (closed)
Bread Basket (west of Little Rock) (closed)
Top of the Rock (Little Rock) (closed)
The Flat Bottomed Boat (inside Pike Lanes, NLR) (closed)
Sir Loin's Inn (North Little Rock) (closed)
Way Out Willie's (Little Rock) (closed)
Carolyn's Chicken House (Wilmot) (closed)
Frank Brannan's Drive In (Conway) (closed)
Shakey's Pizza (closed)
Sharecropper's (Blytheville) (closed 2011)
John Barleycorn's (Little Rock) (closed)
Satellite Cafe (Little Rock) (closed 2010)
SOB's (Little Rock) (closed) (shrimp-oyster-beer)
Hungry's (7th and Chester in Little Rock) (closed)
The DMZ (7th and Chester in Little Rock) (replaced with Vino's)
Blue Mesa Grill (Little Rock) (closed)
Arthur's BBQ (Pine Bluff) (closed)
Cafe De Roma (closed)
Grampa's Catfish (Little Rock) (closed 2012)
Stockholm Restaurant (Heber Springs (closed)
Phyllis's (Little Rock on Victory) (closed)
Allouette's (Little Rock) (closed)
Spaule (Little Rock) (closed)
King Pizza (Fayetteville) (closed)
Bewley's Tasty Burger (Altus) (closed)
Main Street Drive-In (Russellville) (closed early 2000s)
Across the Creek (Garfield) (closed)
The Leather Bottle (Little Rock) (closed)
The Red Barn (Fort Smith)
Lewis' Deli (old Park Plaza Mall, Little Rock) (closed)
Polynesian (Little Rock) (closed)
Phoenix Drive-In (Fort Smith) (closed in 2012)
Cafe St. Moritz (Little Rock) (closed)
Percito's (North Little Rock) (closed)
Mrs. Miller's (Hot Springs) (closed)
Molly's (Hot Springs) (closed in 2010)
Hillbilly Bob's (Foreman) (closed)
The Icehouse (Sheridan) (closed)
George's Chicken (Pine Bluff) (closed)
The Stag (Pine Bluff) (closed)
Cassinelli 1700 (Little Rock) (closed)
Diego's Hogsbreath Cantina (Little Rock) (closed)
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor (North Little Rock) (closed)
Island X (Little Rock) (closed)
Minute Man restaurants (1st local chain?  Broadway & University locations in Little Rock) (closed) (check on viability of El Dorado Minute Man location)
Le Casse Croute (Little Rock) (closed)
Bard's (closed)
The Chatterbox (Little Rock) (closed)
Roy Fisher's (closed)
Shug's (closed)
The Terrace (Little Rock) (closed)
Spaghetti Warehouse (Little Rock) (80s -- closed)
Taco Kid (Little Rock) (closed)
Kreg's (Arkadelphia) (closed)
The Plaza (Eureka Springs) (closed)
The Dairy Queen (Benton) (closed)
The Italian Couple (Little Rock) (closed)
Colucci's (Rose City) (closed)
El Cena Casa (closed)
Hank's Dog House (closed)
Dorey's (closed)
Alonzo's Hamburgers (McGehee)(closed)
Taco Tom's (Benton) (closed)
Mrs. Meyer's (Russellville) (90s, closed)
Carol and Davis Cafe (El Dorado) (closed)
P. I, Lipsey Burgers (El Dorado)
Julie's Place (Little Rock) (closed 2009)
Old Hickory (El Dorado) (closed)
Milner's Hamburgers (El Dorado) (closed)
Chili and Co. (Benton) (closed)
Shadden's BBQ (Marvell) (closed)
Ice House (Camden) (closed)
Yowell's Tastee Freez (Magnolia) (closed)
Dunkirk's in the Heights (Little Rock) (closed)
Anderson's Restaurant (Beebe) (closed)
Slice O' Life Pizza (closed)
Gabriel's (closed)
Brown Derby (Russellville) (closed)
Bowen's Restaurant (Conway) (closed)
Pablo's Pizza (Benton) (closed)
Le Casse Croute (closed)
Cuz Fishers (closed)
Club Cafe (Hot Springs) (closed)
Coley's (El Dorado) (closed)
DePriest Cafe (Marshall) (closed)
Mrs. Kelly's Portland Cafe (Lake Village) (closed)
Mike's Cafe (Lake Village) (closed)
Beaver's Den (Lake Village) (closed)
Buffy's (closed)
Bella Italia (Little Rock) (closed)
Vermillion Bistro (Little Rock) (closed)
Kirby's Grill and Bakery (Little Rock)(closed)
Gene Suen's Poly-Asian Restaurant (Little Rock/Heights) (closed)
El Cocina (White Hall) (closed)
Popolo's Pizza (closed)
Tom and Andrew's (Little Rock) (closed)
Martha's Country Kitchen (closed)
Bewley's Tastee Burger (closed)
High Chapparell Mexican Restaurant (Hot Springs) (closed)
The Lion's Share (North Little Rock - McCain Mall) (closed) (ordered by phone)
Moody's Drive-In (closed)
Fuzzy's (Fayetteville) (closed)
Frank Brannan's Drive-In (Conway) (closed)
Clausen's (Conway) (closed)
Red Pump (Stuttgart) (closed)
Little Chef (Stuttgart) (closed)
American Cafe (Smackover) (closed)
Ken's Pizza (closed)
Blue Mesa Grill (Little Rock) (closed)
Cordell's in the Heights (Little Rock) (closed)
Mom and Vi's Oasis (Little Rock) (closed)
Lindsey's Restaurant (Jacksonville) (closed)
Pacetti's Pizza (Jacksonville) (closed)
Webb's Dairy Diner (Jacksonville) (closed)
Track Drive-In (closed)
Hamburger Barn (Sherwood at JFK and Kiehl) (closed)


Young, strange restaurants:
Parachute In (Walnut Ridge) (2001): airplane
All Aboard (Little Rock) (2011): train brings food to patrons

19 comments:

  1. Hungry's cafe was 1985-86'ish...I worked there when the Challenger exploded in 1986.

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  2. Kat-

    Rich's Hamburgers in Pine Bluff was open in the 1970's. I ate there when I was a kid through high school when I graduated in 1988. Maybe it was 1977 but not 1987.

    Take care.

    Todd Rudisill

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  3. That's what I'm looking for, Todd. Thank you!

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  4. What was the name of the hamburger place in Ozark where you got off the freeway heading toward Fayetteville in 1969-1972. Had HUGE burgers - were delicious and cost $0.65 each at that time. Coming from or going to Fayetteville, would always buy 2 & save one for later.

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  5. Ma Hubbell's on Nettleton near Stadium Dr. in Jonesboro - closed circa 94 or 95.

    Munchy's on Rodney Parham next to Wendy's - closed circa 83.

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  6. Shakey's went out in 1980 - on Rodney P anyway. Way Out Willies was originally Fajita Willies but had to change the name even though ownership was the same. Seems like it went out around the new millennium.

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  7. This Spud's For You - 1983-1986

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  8. Ft. Smith B-B-Q long time favorite Jerry Neels on Phoenix Ave. Another Ft. Smith B-B-Q is Pink Flamingo. Fayetteville Hogs Breath Eatery, stuffed baked potatoes and funnel cakes, I ate there all the time in the early to mid 80's. It was still there a few years ago, don't know if it is the same owners. Fred's Hickory Inn in Bentonville has to be one of my all time favorites. They had the best smoked beans. Of course the now defunct Coy's Restaurant (B-B-Q and prime rib) in Fayetteville was fantastic. In the 80's NW Ark had some of the very best B-B-Q places and all were different.

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  9. Ken's Pizza was in Fayetteville in the 80's. Several locations. HWY 71 and on the square.

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  10. Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor (North Little Rock) was open in 1978.

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  11. Homer's on Roosevelt opened in 1972, I believe

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  12. I was born in Pine Bluff and lived there til about '81, and I remember eating there when my family visited back for at least a year or two after that. The milkshakes were to die for, until my parents realized I had a milk allergy. :(

    And Farrell's in NLR was there in McCain Mall until 89 or so, I think. It was the very first restaurant I went to without an adult, with a friend in 87 (7th grade) or so. It still exists on the west coast, so I hear.

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  13. WOW! This is the mother load of Arkansas restaurants! I have eaten at many of these places, and I didn't even realize how long they have been there. Thank you so much for sharing. I can't wait to try some of the restaurants listed.
    http://www.hungrywhileteaching.blogspot.com/

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  14. The Lion's Share in McCain Mall was Brittany's prior to that, in the earlier days of the mall. It was always good, as far as I can remember. Thanks for this great list!

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    1. The Lion's Share was never anything prior to that. My dad was a brick mason and worked on building that portion of the mall. I can remember me and my mom taking him lunch there while he was working, This was prior to any part of the mall being open to the public. I have very vivid memories of that, and always thought it was so cool to go there after it was open and place our order over the phones at the table, also because my dad had helped built it I thought that was pretty neat too.

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  15. I'll see if I can get you info on Pacetti's in Jacksonville. It was my grandparents restaurant my mom and dad met there in about 69 I spent many a shifts there in a high chair while my parents worked I was born in 70. Then the opened Paces family restaurant in Greers Ferry, AR with later became The Ferryboat after they sold it, not sure what it's is now if anything.

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    1. Keith, Pacetti's was so much fun I J'ville, and I remember the organ player too.

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  16. Does anyone remember the name of the little restaurant in 70s -90s that was on Main St. in Little Rock, near 3rd St. Next to Bennett's Military store? They were famous for their Chilli Spaghetti, and the owner was Polish I think. He was killed in a robbery of his restaurant I think. I use to eat there at least 3 times a week. It was really good. Anyone remember?

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  17. Town Pump (1969-) Little Rock

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