A Louisiana-based cheeseburger slider concept will expand into Arkansas in 2024.
Smalls Sliders, a restaurant chain backed by former NFL quarterback Drew Brees, plans to open locations in Fayetteville, Rogers and Jonesboro as part of a multi-state expansion that also includes three restaurants in Missouri.
The company was co-founded by Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux CEO Brandon Landry and Jacob Dugas. Brees, the 14-year quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, was one of the initial investors in the brand.
The restaurants offer a simple menu of sliders, fries and shakes with combo meals that include between one and four sliders each.
Each restaurant is located inside what the company calls a “Can,” which is a modular structure made from an 800-square-foot recycling shipping container that’s equipped with a walk-up window and a drive-thru. The restaurants include a small outdoor patio instead of a dining room.
The brand opened its first location in Baton Rouge in 2019 and has since grown to nine restaurants throughout Louisiana, with more than 60 locations currently in development.
The Arkansas-Missouri locations will be franchised by Amber and David Kearby, and their operations manager Matt Crews, a team that has owned a handful of McCallister’s Deli locations.
“When looking for our next business venture, we wanted invest in a brand that allowed us to have a close relationship with the entire team,” said Amber. “We were immediately attracted to Smalls Sliders for the unique structure of the Cans and the fresh, cooked-to-order sliders.”