Photos: Business openings, closings, moves and remodels

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Signs indicate a new Thai restaurant, Twin Kitchen, will soon occupy the former home of Zauq Pakistani Indian Cuisine & Grill at 318 Archibald Yell Boulevard in Fayetteville.

With all the business news we’ve discussed over the past five months, it’s easy to lose track of some of the individual projects.

Here are some photos of previously reported business openings, moves and remodels, as well as a few new bits of information we’ve recently discovered.

Buck Nekkid BBQ

Originally set for an April opening, Buck Nekkid BBQ is still in the ‘coming soon‘ stage, at least according to a banner on the east side of the building. The 300-seat restaurant is located next to Dixie Cafe and Home Depot near the intersection of College Avenue and Joyce Boulevard.

Einstein Bros. Bagels

Rumors have been swirling for months that an Einstein Bros. Bagels would soon occupy the former Bank of America location in Evelyn Hills. The whispers turned to silence, briefly, before a little birdy left a comment last week suggesting it was a go. We stopped by and talked to the crew working on the site and the rumors are now trumors.

Hoot 2 Scoot Bike & Scooter Rentals

Hoot 2 Scoot has been open since mid-March, now that the weather is cooperating, we’re starting to see more of the inventory sitting outside the building at the corner of Dickson Street and Block Avenue. When we talked to owner Melanie Chambers in December, she had just purchased 20 Honda Metropolitan scooters. Our favorite rental option, however, is the two-passenger, three-wheeled scoot coup which features headlights, a windshield and cushioned seats.

Dickson Street Pub

The Dickson Street Pub is set to open today (May 5) in the building formerly occupied by the Crown Pub at 303 W. Dickson Street. Mena natives Sumitra and Ryan Reid are opening the bar, which will also include service on the rooftop patio.

Feltner Brothers

Just a little over a year after opening their first restaurant on Dickson Street, the Feltner brothers decided to expand to midtown. The building needed quite a bit of work for the transformation from used car lot to restaurant, but crews are hard at work every time we drive by. The location at 2768 N. College Avenue is likely still on track for an early June opening.

Kosmos Greekafe

A ton of exterior progress has occurred at Kosmos’ upcoming restaurant at 2136 N. College Avenue in Fayetteville. The location was once home to Arby’s, but the red paint is now Kosmos blue and a greek column facade has been added to the front and sides of the building.

Kum & Go

Construction of a new, 10-pump, 5,000-square-foot Kum & Go gas station and convenience store continues at the southeast corner of North College Avenue and Township Street. Spokeswoman Catherine Huggins told us in March she anticipates the location to be open in early July.


One of the oldest McDonald’s restaurants in the state was completely demolished in January to make room for a brand new building at 1641 N. College Avenue. A new retaining wall is now complete around the perimeter, and the parking lot elevation has been lowered for easier entry. Up next, a modernized, double-lane drive-thru.

Rowdy Beaver

A ‘coming soon’ sign for Rowdy Beaver Restaurant & Tavern hangs in front of the soon-to-be business at 550 W Dickson Street. Rowdy Beaver also has locations in Eureka Springs and Branson. The building, also know as the Frisco Depot, is home to a new Chipotle Mexican Grill. Previous tenants to the Rowdy Beaver location include El Sancho Mexican Grill and Railhead Saloon.


In unfortunate news, both Whole Earth Organic Lounge and Gaylord’s Mountain Cafe are now closed for business. A “lounge for sale” sign is taped to the front of the Whole Earth building on Center Street near the downtown square. Word on the street is that the Gaylord’s building will soon be for sale as well.