Arkansas Eateries

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Susie Q Malt Shop
Rogers, AR
The Susie Q Malt Shop opened in 1960. The Susie Q name came from a French fry cutting gadget. In 2019, the neon pole sign was struck by a car and removed. It was reinstalled but no longer has neon. In 2024, the business was destroyed by a storm. They will rebuild and reopen. For more, see this website. [map]

Daisy Queen Hi-Boy
Harrison, AR
The Daisy Queen Hi-Boy opened in 1969 as a Fisher's Hi-Boy. The sign probably looked like this when it first opened. There were other locations in Effingham, IL (the original, built in the early 1950s) and three locations in Springfield, MO. There might have been other locations. These drive-ins featured Teletray speakers to place orders which were delivered by paper-hat wearing car hops.

There was supposedly an additional sign of a boy running with a hamburger at the Harrison location. I was told that someone was going to restore the sign but he disappeared and the sign was never found. [map]

Nickel & Dime Diner
Fort Smith, AR
The Nickel & Dime Diner is a 1957 Pullman dining railcar. It is located at the Park at West End. Since 2016, the railcar has housed Patrick's Butcher Boy Burgers. [map]

Stoby's Restaurant
Russellville, AR
The first Stoby's Restaurant opened in Conway, AR in 1980. That restaurant is gone now. This location opened in 1984 with a railroad car theme. A simulated depot building was built later. The first photo shows a former Illinois Central railcar which was built in 1918. The railcar was rebuilt in 1948 as a Rock Island Railroad Dining Car. It was later used as a maintenance car. It wound up in storage in Little Rock, AR. In 1981, it was sold and renovated for restaurant use by Stoby's. The other two train cars were Rock Island Railroad passenger cars. I think they might have been gutted by Stoby's for restaurant use but they are only used for display now. [map]

More Arkansas:
McClard's Bar-B-Q (Hot Springs)
Old South Restaurant (Russellville)

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