Wow, this was a big week for developments in business! If I’ve had a few dry weeks lately, I hope everyone finds something of interest here today.

First, the rumor that has been sweeping Conway like wildfire. China Town is moving to another suite in the Conway Towne Centre to make way for the long-awaited movie theater to be built. China Town will close at the end of this month. They hope to reopen, just a few doors down, within two months. So, China Town fans, go by and see them while you can. 

Old favorite 

finds a home

Bob Brannan has found a spot to open his concession trailer where he will serve favorites from the old Frank Brannan Drive In. Just north of Pickles Gap Road on Highway 65, there is a building where Fisherman’s Galley used to be. He is going to open the concession trailer in that parking lot. The Brannan footlong hot dog logo is on the trailer, and you can easily see it from the highway, he tells me.

Brannan plans to open the first week of September and will serve footlong hot dogs, corndogs, lemonades, limeades, etc. He is hopeful that everyone remembers the food from the drive in and doesn’t mind the little jaunt.

Design, antique place going green

Ivo Jones, owner of House of Ivo, is still working on renovations to his new location at Oak and Court streets. You may have noticed the building, which has recently been painted white. Jones said the back half of the building dates back to the 1870s, and the front was built in the 1920s or 1930s.

The building has a new roof which is "about as energy efficient as they make," he said. Jones will have the first all-green hardwood flooring in the state, with all-green, nontoxic glue. He will also offer environmentally-friendly paint, as well as tile, hardwood, cabinets, antique furniture and custom furniture.

Jones plans to open in October.

Vilonia pizza place update

Thanks to Vilonia correspondent Linda Hicks for this tidbit: "Big Ben’s in Vilonia is due to open in October with a full menu including a seafood buffet. The huge building is very impressive looking with its indoor playground and restaurant built around a NASCAR museum. The restaurant is named Big Ben’s after his father, said Ben Waggoner Jr., who is the owner. Also a builder, the younger Waggoner owns Pizza Pro in Vilonia."

Liquor watch

On Thursday, Brick Oven Pizza and Logan’s Roadhouse Grill received approval from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for liquor licenses. 

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