Brown’s Country Store & Restaurant was a staple for travelers through the state of Arkansas. Chances are if you didn’t know where a specific city or town was in this state then you would at least remember your first visit to Brown’s Country Store and their 100 foot long buffet.
It was a sad day when Phillip and Cissy Brown announced their plans to retire in April of 2020 after 47 years in the business. The timing was no surprise as buffet restaurants were closing around the country due to Covid-19. But still it was tragic for lovers of a good country buffet and it was the closing of a chapter for many who at there with their families over the years.
Now according to media reports from Shelli Poole, author of the MySaline.com blog the former brown two-story building that looks like something out of the old west has been purchased.
Located right off Interstate 30 in Benton, the official sale of the building has not yet been listed on the county assessor’s website but according to at least two state media sources the investors plan to renovate the building and open it as a Hispanic market and a Panaderia, or Hispanic bakery along with a custom butcher shop with later plans to offer grab-and-go items at a later date.
Currently there are not many available areas for the local Hispanic community in Saline County to shop, and so the goal of the investors is to provide a convenient one-stop shop for those in the community while also appealing to other area locals. There is currently no business name, or opening date announced yet for the new business, but AY will continue to keep readers up to date on new information as it becomes available.
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