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Last updated on Thursday, January 15, 2015, 2:49 pm

Fred's Hickory Inn had sales of $808,600 this year up until the Oct. 22 fire. The restaurant's owners expect the Bentonville business to re-open this summer.

Fred's Hickory Inn Owners Planning Restaurant's Revival

Plans are being finalized to revive iconic Fred’s Hickory Inn, an enduring Bentonville restaurant which has been closed since October, after the business was significantly damaged by a late-night fire. Randy Lawson is part of the group of local businessmen who own the hillside restaurant at 1502 N. Walton Blvd., known for its hickory smoked pit barbecue meals, hand-cut steaks, smoked meats, pastas and homemade desserts. Lawson said the reconstruction could begin in less than a month, putting the restaurant on a timeline to re-open this summer. “We are working on plans as we speak,” said Lawson, the founder and CEO of Lawco Exploration Inc. of Bentonville, an oil and gas exploration company which has several interests in the Fayetteville Shale area. “We’ve had multiple... [ MORE ]

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