The daffodils are in bloom and Daylight Savings Time is back! So today we Look Forward and Spring Forward! More restaurants are coming and its time to gear up to enjoy the great outdoors after a long, cold winter.

Steak ‘N Shake is set to break ground this spring for a new location in Conway. It will be joining Starbucks in the Centerstone development along Dave Ward Drive between South Donaghey and the Stone Dam Creek Trail. The restaurant will be built directly east of the Plazza at Centerstone, leaving one available lot between it and Starbucks along Dave Ward Drive.

The new Steak ‘N Shake location in Greenbrier is also set to begin construction soon. It will be located across the street from the new Western Sizzlin’ Express. Steak ‘N Shake serves premium burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. There are three Steak ‘N Shakes currently in Arkansas.

The original Faby’s Restaurant, in the Covington Crown Plaza shopping center at Salem and Dave Ward Drive has closed and a new restaurant, Martita’s Restaurant has opened there. Martita’s serves Pupusas, Mexican food and more seven days a week.

Arkansas Outdoor Concepts, which recently opened at 1915 Walkers Trail and Hwy. 65 just past Pickles Gap on the right, will have a ribbon cutting Friday, April 6, at 2 p.m. Debbie and Tim Goodwin, who also own Arkansas Roofing Kompany and Equinox Louvered Roof, have opened this outdoor living center which not only has Amish-made outdoor furniture, pergolas, pavilions and patio covers but also provides horticultural and outdoor living design consulting.

A new sign at the Ozark Mountain Trading Company, 221 East German Lane, is catching attention. Ozark Mountain, which started selling kayaks, sup boards and canoes in north Arkansas around 2005, recently opened its fourth store in Conway.

A sign for Taquiera La Cabana, a street taco and more restaurant, appeared at the Broadview Shopping Center in Greenbrier this week. Although there was speculation about this occupying the old Sawbuck’s location, the address listed is Ste. 102 next to Domino’s.

Julie Bowers of Workin’ Bridges, the organization that restored the Springfield Bridge at Lake Beaverfork, visited the bridge this week and reported that the Ultimate Restorations documentary on the bridge restoration would be aired sometime this fall. It would be the subject of the first two episodes of the show’s new season. It should air on PBS. The air time will be posted as soon as a definite date is set.

Go out to Lake Beaverfork and enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets to be seen from the bridge. The bridge is a wonderful place to take those spring portraits and Easter pictures. It will also be a great place for prom and graduation pictures.


Cindy Beckman writes about business rumors and happenings for the Log Cabin Democrat bi-monthly in "A Look Forward." Send rumors and new business tips to