As hoped for, here is the more-thorough information on a couple of restaurant rumors now haunting our local streets and sidewalks.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is hiring online for a store coming soon to Conway. In Arkansas, the chain has locations in Bentonville, Springdale and Fayetteville. A quick look at their menu revealed an extensive offering of subs, clubs and such. They also deliver and cater. Every indication is pointing to this restaurant being the one that will share the building that Shake’s will soon occupy on Oak Street.

It has also been whispered abroad that Golden Corral, which we know is indeed putting down roots in Conway, will be located on East Oak Street next to the Best Western. Rumor has it the building that formerly housed Annie’s will be torn down, along with part of the hotel. This does have every appearance of being true, based on a number of third- and second-hand sources.

Open and close case

We regret to inform you that La Bella Luna in downtown Conway has, in fact, closed. 

On the other hand, Covington Auto Sales will hold its grand opening on Tuesday. The business is located on Collier Drive and is a showroom for classic sports cars.

 If you only do one thing

Reminder! ArtsFest starts Tuesday.  Here is a little more information to get you started if you would like to go but don’t know where to take that first bite of the elephant.

If you can only commit a little time to ArtsFest, go to the Art Walk in downtown on Friday night. At 6 p.m., the Children’s Parade of Art, led by the University of Central Arkansas Marching Band, will march from the Log Cabin Democrat to Simon Park, where the band will play for 20 minutes with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band from New Orleans. If you have a little more time, show up at 4:30 p.m. for the beginning of the art walk, which will include such highlights as artworks from the CASA Festival of Chairs, the Night of 1,000 drawings at City Hall and 12 award-winning artists at Pictures Et Cetera.

If you can do two things, perhaps you’ll come back to Simon Park on Saturday at 11 a.m. to hear the Conway Children’s Chorus sing and have a bowl of chili at the Conway Civic Club Chili Cook-Off Challenge (minimal cost -- $5 a bowl, hot dogs and desserts for $1 each). Following that, at 1 p.m., the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will perform in Simon Park.

If you are inclined to attend one of the ticketed events, there are a few. The Conway Symphony Orchestra appears with The Three Phantoms on Tuesday night at UCA. The Symphony Designer House is on display throughout ArtsFest, and the CASA Festival of Chairs is Saturday night.

There are a myriad of other things to see and experience. To see the full schedule, go to

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to