Finally, after some two or three years, someone is renovating the old Fazoli’s building. I could scarcely be happier if a landmark building were being preserved for future generations. 

If you don’t know the place I’m talking about because it has been sun bleached and hidden by encroaching crape myrtles since you moved to town, let me explain. Fazoli’s, the fast food Italian place, was located near Harkrider Street and Old Morrilton Highway. Some people were sad to see it go that day a few years ago when, suddenly, it just closed never to open again.

The saddest thing of all to me was that it was in a relatively convenient location, right by Walmart and Interstate 40. Other things on that side of town have also closed in recent years, including Village Inn and Goody’s. Someone tried to make a go of the empty restaurant space in the Conway Towne Centre several years ago (it was originally Hardee’s many moons ago), but that failed too. My thinking is people looking for retail or restaurant space in Conway need to seriously consider that side of town. Once the movie theater opens in November, people are going to be on that side of town all the time, and the empty spots are going fast.

To come back to the point (and get off my soap box, for crying out loud), I’ll tell you what I can about what is going into the old Fazoli’s building. 

It is going to be a family-owned burger joint where they say they do just a few things and do them well. They will grind fresh beef chuck on site daily, make fries from fresh Idaho potatoes, and make malts and milkshakes with a custard mix. I’m told the burgers have a secret seasoning, and everyone raves about them. A member of the family said they will not have a microwave or a can opener, so everything will be made fresh.

They just started construction, so I will have more information as it becomes available.

Hotel group 

will build near 

Conway Commons

Behind Conway Commons on Amity Road, a couple of signs recently went up indicating Pinnacle Hotel Group has purchased a couple of lots near the existing hotels. Thanks to a reader for this tip.

With a quick call to Pinnacle Hotel Group, located in Little Rock, I found out they are not quite ready to disclose what brand of hotel will be built there. They would say it is a major chain. 

There are more things than this happening in our little town. Some of them were just too big to get a firm grasp on in a week’s time. Stick around, because it all comes into the open eventually.

Have a great week, everyone.

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