Business Name: Eat My Catfish

Location: 2125 Harkrider

Telephone: 501-588-1867 or 1-866-527-1680

Website: eatmycatfish.com

Date Opened: Sept. 3, 2013 – Conway

Oct. 2008 – Benton

Number of Employees: 12

What type of business is it? Dine-in restaurant, catering company, and crawfish wholesaler. Voted "Best Catfish" around state by the Arkansas Times 2013

What specifically does your business do? We specialize in fresh catfish, chicken, and shrimp cooked to order. Provide live and cooked crawfish during crawfish season. We also deliver caterings on-site. Have two banquet rooms with combined seating of 150 people.

Owner Name: Travis Hester

Why did you decide to open this business/location? We wanted to add a second location. Conway had a great rural feel similar to Benton, we loved the community, and because of the business involvement here in Conway.

What is the best part about owning/operating this business? Positively impacting young employees lives and meeting/getting to know guests.

What has been the biggest surprise that has happened since opening this business? The friendliness of the Conway community and its business owners.

What is the best piece of advice you received before going into this business? Never downgrade your product to cut costs.

What is the most important piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in business? Keep your overhead low. Set it up where if you need to get out you are not paying for a closed business the rest of your life.

What makes your business unique to Conway and Faulkner County?

1.Fresh catfish, chicken, shrimp, and crawfish cooked to order

2.Louisiana crawfish