It certainly was a welcome sight when the sun came out recently with the promise of a few warm days. This time of year always seems to drag when it comes to construction. However, there are still several ongoing construction projects around town, a few of which appear to be very near completion. I’m just going to recap some of those for you.

Gas stations galore

It looks like the Kum and Go at Prince Street and Hogan Lane is nearly finished, and the Mapco station on Dave Ward Drive near Interstate 40 is making progress as well.

Restaurant roundup

Two restaurants are under construction and have "coming soon" signs up at The Village at Hendrix. How Do You Roll? custom sushi shop is a place that seeks to make sushi accessible to non-sushi eaters (that description makes me giggle, but I am really looking forward to eating there). And The Purple Cow, a name familiar to nearly everyone, is something I have been promising Faulkner County diners for years. It’s finally going to happen. Milkshakes, burgers, fried stuff. Hooray.

Tacos 4 Life, the new concept by the creators of Pizza 42, has begun construction, but it looks like it is going to be a while. If you have driven by the future home of the restaurant (next to Taziki’s), you have likely noticed it is just a shell at this point. However, it has a sign with architect Rik Sowell’s name on the front, so I’m sure it will be amazing when it is finished.

Don’t forget about the new Chick-Fil-A coming to Prince Street next to the Walmart Neighborhood Market, which should be breaking ground soon.

That seems to be about all the excitement at the moment, although whenever I think I have used a fine tooth comb, I always manage to miss something. So if something is glaringly absent, go ahead and tell me all about it. I have thick skin.

Here’s hoping for lots of sunny days to come.

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