NWA Restaurants Making a Run at Arkansas Hall of Fame

January 27, 2021

Local Dining

NWA Restaurants Among Finalists for 2021 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

The Division of Arkansas Heritage has announced the finalists for the 2021 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, which includes a few local dining legends here in NWA.

  • Last October, nominations were made by the public in the following five categories:
    • Arkansas Food Hall of Fame
    • Proprietor of the Year
    • Food-Themed Event
    • People's choice
    • Gone But Not Forgotten
  • In Washington County - AQ Chicken House, Herman's Ribhouse, and Neal’s Café of Springdale are all finalists for the 2021 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Tontitown Grape Festival was also nominated for the best Food Themed Event.
  • In Benton County - Monte Ne Inn of Rogers is a finalist in the 2021 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, and Matt McClure of Bentonville is nominated for Proprietor of the Year.

Looks like we'll have to try all of them and decide for ourselves! Yum!

Arts & Culture

Governor's Art Awards Honor NWA Talent

The Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage has announced the recipients of the 2021 Governor's Arts Awards. Among those, Northwest Arkansans are honored in three of the eight categories.

  • Trout Fishing in America, a musical duo made up of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet of West Fork, have received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • The Bob Bogle family of Bentonville has received the Patron Award, recognizing them as, "generous supporters of the arts in Northwest Arkansas." -The Free Weekly
  • A woodworker and retired educator, Joe Doster of Huntsville has received the Folklife Award for his creations that vary from cutting boards to intricate period furniture.

Business

Strider Bikes in Downtown Bentonville

NWA Daily

For years, Bentonville has been the self-proclaimed "Mountain Biking Capital of the World." Today, those claims seem to be reinforced by some of the biggest heavy-hitters in the industry, leaving the question of what's next for the area?

  • Tom Walton, an avid mountain biker and philanthropist, said the distinction comes after years of intentional work by the city and community leaders. Strider Bikes will open its first location outside of the headquarters in downtown Bentonville.
  • Adding to that statement, Strider Bikes announced yesterday they will be opening an office in Downtown Bentonville between Kyya and the Five & Dime.
  • The downtown store will include a "learn to ride" area for kids, ages 6 months to 7 years, to come into the store and test ride before they buy. This is about to be the cutest store in Bentonville.

Health & Wellness

Arkansas to Receive Fewer COVID-19 Vaccines than Previously Promised

NWA Daily

Just a few weeks into Phase 1B of the vaccine rollout, Alex Azar, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, said that the federal government does NOT have a reserve stockpile of doses. This means that a number of states, including Arkansas, will not receive the thousands of vaccines as previously promised.

  • John Vinson, CEO of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, said he and others were under the impression that there would be upwards of a 55 percent increase in vaccine supply.
  • This could possibly drag on Phase 1B over the course of a couple months, said Julie Stewart, a local pharmacist in NWA.
  • However, healthcare professionals are confident that Arkansas is doing an incredible job of evenly distributing the vaccines, and are hopeful that the new Biden Administration will work with manufacturers to meet the growing demand. -KNWA/Fox 24

Local Government

Tune in to Fayetteville's State of the City Address

NWA Daily

Mayor Lioneld Jordan will present the City of Fayetteville's State of the City address, today, Jan. 26, at 4:30pm CT.

  • The address will take place at the start of the City Council Agenda Session. You can watch live via:

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