Hospitality

Great food brings people together. That’s why Ropeswing Hospitality Group brings bold new dining and hospitality experiences to Northwest Arkansas. We know incredible ideas and true communication come to life when people sit around the same table, enjoying great food and real companionship. We believe a meal should be an experience. Our team creates memorable, unique dining experiences that are well known as hot spots for locals and visitors alike.

Preacher’s Son

Undercroft

Pressroom

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BlakeSt. House

Louise

Co-Op Ramen

Record

Ropeswing

Preacher’s Son

Located inside a restored church in downtown Bentonville, The Preacher’s Son is a James Beard-nominated monument to Gothic Architecture coupled with culinary creativity. It is at once the old and the new—a modern traditionalist with a focus on extraordinary food.

Undercroft

Tucked away beneath the steps of the Preacher’s Son is Bentonville’s sole speakeasy. Undercroft is a bar with personality, and though it feels like it doesn’t want to be found, the craft cocktails and lively pours bring people in its doors year-round.

Pressroom

Pressroom is an all-day, everything restaurant. With inventive menu options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and a focus on quality, you’ll be as comfortable holding a meeting as you would enjoying a craft beer after work.

BlakeSt. House

This modernized wellness and fitness club features The House, which elevates change, connection, and togetherness through common ground, social experiences, good food, drink, music, and art. Curated with global artists, from Arkansas-natives to LA-based muralists and illustrators, The House’s art collections flow through each room, creating inspiration at every turn.

Louise

LOUISE at Thaden Field is a modern airport diner, offering elevated fare for people from Northwest Arkansas and beyond. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a view of the runway, outdoor seating & games, and an upstairs observation deck, this is the airport diner—redefined.

Co-Op Ramen

Located at the 8th Street Market, Co-Op Ramen is focused on creating an authentic ramen experience right here in Northwest Arkansas with an Ozark twist.

Record

Housed in the building that once held the Benton County Daily Record adjacent to the city’s square, this flexible and modern events venue is named in its honor. RECORD is perfect for any event, with the space for celebrations, parties, receptions, conferences, meetings and more.

Ropeswing

Ropeswing Hospitality Group, mentioned above in the intro, believes that hospitality, when done well, can be a transformative force in a community. It has the power to bring neighbors together and change beliefs about an entire region. Visit their website to learn more.

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  • Runway Group wins Gold Stevie Award

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    “We are working to take Northwest Arkansas to new heights by focusing on investments, businesses, and brands to drive this catalytic change in the region and in all of Arkansas,” said Runway CEO Chad Yoes. “Positive change comes by taking action and making an effort, and that is what we…Read More

  • Work from home trend brings more residents to Ozarks

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    Bentonville, Arkansas, business leaders are hoping the rise of working from home will help diversify their economy. FOX Business’ Connell McShane with more.

  • Bentonville Is a Mountain Biking Paradise – Texas Monthly

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    Unlike other popular mountain biking destinations, such as the mountains of Colorado or Utah or Whistler, the lower altitude here means less gasping and puffing. And everything’s easy to reach from downtown Bentonville, eliminating the need to load your bike into a car to reach a trailhead.  Read MORE.

  • History-Making Women in Northwest Arkansas

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    In celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we wanted to highlight amazing history-making women who are from or live in Northwest Arkansas. We are proud to carry on their legacies, keep reading to learn more about each of them. Thank you to Arkansas Women's History Institute for…Read More

  • GameBird Featured in Sport Aviation Magazine

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    “The GameBird is one of the most enjoyable airplanes you could fly,” Steuart [Walton] said. “It accelerates on takeoff like a jet, quite frankly. It’s more maneuverable than any plane I’ve ever flown.”

  • 10 reasons to head to Bentonville, Arkansas – Art, Food, Beer, MTB, Gravel & more!

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    If you’re a cyclist, few cities anywhere have the resources that Bentonville does. With 150+ miles of greenway and bike path, 340+ miles of mountain bike trails, and an entire infrastructure seemingly built around the bicycle, it’s hard to imagine somewhere better.

  • Experience Fayetteville to present 2021 OZ Trails US Pro Cup

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    This spring, Fayetteville, Arkansas, will host a new event, the OZ Trails™ US Pro Cup, as part of the 2021 U.S. Cup Mountain Bike Series. The event will be held over two weekends, April 9-11 and April 16-18, at Centennial Park at Millsap Mountain in Fayetteville, home of the Union…Read More

  • common

    Common, the leading real estate brand and tech-driven operating platform, has chosen the finalists for the Remote Work Hub, a Request For Proposals (RFP) to design and build a first-of-its-kind development for a distributed workforce. The five finalists represent five different unique visions and categories of emerging cities that are…Read More

  • Rapha boosted by ‘third cycling boom’ during pandemic

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    Rapha was boosted by ‘third cycling boom’ during pandemic. Tom and Steuart Walton bought a majority stake in Rapha in 2017.

  • Outdoors Is In: From drinks to movies, al fresco was the answer

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    On July 1, the city of Bentonville declared itself "Mountain Biking Capital of the World" and trademarked the title. It should have come as no surprise.

  • Northwest Arkansas Metro Region Ranked Among Most Dynamic in Heartland Forward Study

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    In Heartland Forward’s new “Most Dynamic Metropolitans 2020” rankings, the “Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-Missouri” area cracked the top 20. This area was ranked at no. 17 among metro regions and was ranked third among medium metros.

  • Roadtrip! OZ Art ARkanvas mural experience is a new reason to tour the state

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    Once again, world-renowned artists have ventured to The Natural State, unleashing an explosion of creativity in the form of vibrant murals with positive messages. This time their creations were not limited to a specific city; the entire state became their ARkanvas. Twelve muralists embraced nine cities, crafting works of art…Read More

  • All Kids Bike and Celebrity Athletes Bring Bikes to Students in Bentonville

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    All Kids Bike, a nationwide movement of the Strider Education Foundation, is on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bicycle in kindergarten PE class. Marking the program’s second anniversary, an ALL STAR roster of celebrity athletes delivered bikes to kindergarten students at Sugar Creek…Read More

  • Unity theme of latest Pine Bluff mural, 1 of 12 public art works for state

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    Over the past three weeks, OZ Art professional artists have fanned out across Arkansas to bring everyday art and color to 12 separate landscapes. London-based artist Lakwena Maciver is working on the mural in Pine Bluff, with its message of "Unite."

  • Arkansas Gets Another Boost With Two New Trail Systems, Assisted by the Waltons

    Central Arkansas recently opened 13 miles of singletrack in the Monument Trail system at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and another 15 miles of trails are under construction at Pinnacle Mountain and the River Mountain and Two Rivers Parks in Little Rock.

  • Plans announced for Walton Family Foundation-supported Osage Park in Bentonville

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    Details of a new urban recreational park in Bentonville were announced Wednesday (Oct. 16). Osage Park is described as an adventure-based outdoor destination for visitors of all ages, interests and abilities

  • Good Roads are Safe Roads Livestream Event

    The Arkansas Good Roads Foundation is launching a year-long campaign to raise awareness of roadway laws for cyclists & motorists alike, ensuring safer roads for everyone. To get things started, they hosted a livestream panel discussion for community leaders to learn more about their mission. You can watch the replay…Read More

  • UA receives $194.7M Walton grant to boost research; part of funding to support Bentonville ‘campus’

    The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation says it will donate $194.7 million to the UA. The five-year grant will strengthen the university’s research initiatives and, among other things, support the construction of a new research facility. According to the UA, the donation is one of the most significant single private…Read More

  • Survey Results Help Guide Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force

    The Runway Group commissioned a survey of 600 Arkansans (PDF download) to assist the Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force to better understand issues associated with the economic recovery and how to focus their ongoing work. The results of the survey were shared with the Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s administration and have…Read More

  • Bentonville stakeholders say city is mountain biking capital of the world

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    Bentonville, Arkansas, has quickly put itself on the map as a mountain bike destination, but an announcement on Wednesday by area stakeholders gave the northwest Arkansas destination a new designation: the mountain bike capital of the world.

  • New Features at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve Nearing Completion

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    The final construction on a variety of new amenities visitors can enjoy at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve is nearing completion.

  • Bentonville Crowns Itself Mountain Biking Capital of the World™

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    Bentonville has approximately 130 miles of singletrack connected to downtown Bentonville, with access to more than 250 miles of unrivaled regional trails in a network that sits at the heart of the state’s OZ Trails system. Hospitality opportunities abound – whether it be award-winning restaurants, a vibrant coffee scene, or…Read More

  • Bentonville, Arkansas Leaders Stake Claim as Mountain Biking Capital of the World™

    Decades-Long Effort on Mountain Biking Brings City Officials and Leaders together to make a Worldwide Announcement Bentonville, Ark. (July 1, 2020) – Bentonville leaders have staked their city’s claim as Mountain Biking Capital of the World™. “It’s true that Bentonville has become the new Mountain Biking Capital of the World™,”…Read More

  • ‘Arkansas: A United State’ Flyover

    Steuart Walton helped honor frontline heroes in the fight against Covid-19 by leading a fleet of World War II-era military aircraft on a statewide flyover last weekend. “Social distancing prohibits us from shaking the hands of people we want to honor, but this flyover allows to do so from above.”…Read More

  • Steuart Walton to chair Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force

    Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Saturday (April 18) announced that Steuart Walton of Bentonville will chair a newly established Arkansas Economic Recovery Task Force. “Arkansas businesses, leaders, and families have already taken extraordinary steps to come together during these past few weeks. With Governor Hutchinson’s leadership, we are united no…Read More

  • Northwest Arkansas is 13th fastest-growing U.S. metro over past decade

    Northwest Arkansas was the 13th fastest-growing metro area in the United States between 2010 and 2019 and the 24th fastest growing metro from 2018 to 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Among U.S. counties with at least 20,000 people, Benton County was the 40th fastest growing county between 2010…Read More

  • University of Arkansas & NWA Council Partner to Support Small Businesses and Non-Profits

    The University of Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and the Northwest Arkansas Council are partnering on a Small Business Emergency Assistance program – an effort to support small businesses and nonprofits in the region impacted by the coronavirus. The program website is available here. “Given the current COVID-19…Read More

  • When this is over, Northwest Arkansas will be Ready for You

     Backcountry aviation is part of the magic Northwest Arkansas and the Ozarks have to offer. New adventure awaits.

  • Heartland Forward: Coronavirus Regional Economic Impacts and Policy Responses

    Heartland Forward analyzed the economic effects of the coronavirus on the Heartland & beyond. Initial indicators suggest the Heartland may be less hard-hit than other parts of the country. Full report here.

  • Online Resources for COVID-19 Information and Services in Northwest Arkansas

    Here is a list of important resources in our Northwest Arkansas communities. We will continue to update this list as we get more information. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Latest CDC Updates on COVID-19 Arkansas Department of Health https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus Community Clinic announced it will open four testing and treatment…Read More

  • Millennials Find New Hope In The Heartland

    Today Heartland Forward released new research, “Millennials Find New Hope In The Heartland,” analyzing demographic trends in the center of the country. The research, led by Senior Fellow Joel Kotkin, finds the Heartland is attracting and retaining millennials at higher rates than in the past. Read MORE.

  • Global cycling brand Rapha moving North American HQ to Bentonville

    Northwest Arkansas’ growing reputation as a hub for cycling and mountain biking is adding a feather in its cap. London-based cycling company Rapha is moving its North American headquarters from Portland, Ore., to Bentonville. “Over the next few years the Rapha brand will evolve into new markets and we need…Read More

  • The Momentary: Top Museums to Look Forward to in 2020

    “Next on our list of top new museums is this contemporary art satellite space in Bentonville, affiliated with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The Momentary will officially open on 22 February 2020.” Read MORE.

  • An Arkansas Escape

    “Bentonville is definitely the place to go in Arkansas for an overnight trip or multiple days. It is perfect for a weekend getaway or weeklong excursion. With a state like ours, it is so much more convenient to take your vacation right here at home.” Read MORE at AY Magazine.

  • Lessons on How to Create a Cycling Culture in Northwest Arkansas

    Cycling has become a way of life in the Netherlands because it is easy, fast, fun, convenient and safe. Can the same things be said of cycling in Northwest Arkansas? Read MORE.

  • League of American Bicyclists Honors Runway Group with Platinum Status

    The League of American Bicyclists honored 103 organizations with new Bicycle Friendly Business awards and renewed or upgraded 50 others. Runway Group is honored to have been upgraded to “Platinum” status. This round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses also shows how communities are rallying around bicycling being good for businesses. Places…Read More

  • Rapha and EF Pro Cycling continue partnership in 2020

    Rapha announced a renewed partnership with EF Pro Cycling for 2020, not only making the team’s eye-popping pink and blue kit for the season but also highlighting some of the riders’ forays into the ‘alternative calendar’ in a series of videos dubbed “Alt Cal”. The company aims to highlight unique…Read More

  • The Momentary, Enhancing Bentonville’s Quality of Life

    The Momentary will continue Northwest Arkansas’s cultural journey through art, music, and food that unites the hobbies and interests of community members from various backgrounds and experiences. The artists and performers featured at the Momentary will also reflect the diverse complexity of the community and the nation. Read MORE.

  • Bentonville, Arkansas is Disneyland for Mountain Bikers

    Outside Magazine’s New York City–based bike columnist visited America’s most up-and-coming cycling destination and found it well deserving of the hype. Read MORE.

  • Bentonville, Arkansas Is Disneyland for Mountain Bikers

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    Everybody’s heard of places like Crested Butte, Moab, and Park City in the context of mountain-bike fantasylands, but increasingly, Bentonville, Arkansas, is emerging as a riding destination.

  • Bentonville-Based Airport Awarded Southwest Region Airport of the Year

    The Bentonville-based airport Louise M. Thaden Field has been awarded “Southwest Region Airport of the Year” by the Federal Aviation Administration. This award recognizes the airport for hard work and commitment toward safer runways, reducing back taxing and accommodating additional aircraft of all sorts. Read MORE.

  • Cycling’s Low-Key Wizards of Oz

    Walmart heirs Steuart and Tom Walton want to make Arkansas one of the world’s greatest cycling destinations. That’s just part of their plan. Read MORE.

  • NW Arkansas Closing in on Top 100, Census Shows

    Just four larger metropolitan areas in the U.S. are growing at a faster rate than Northwest Arkansas. The region’s 18.6 percent growth since the 2010 Census is one of the most telling statistics about the Fayetteville- Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan area. Read MORE.

  • Something Big is Coming to Downtown Springdale

    I think we can all agree that Downtown Springdale is having a moment, from a food/drink perspective.   Read MORE.

  • FAA awards Production Certificate for Gamebird

    Aircraft manufacturer Game Composites has received its Production Certificate from the FAA for the GB1 Gamebird. This marks the first time in 23 years a Production Certificate has been awarded to a general aviation manufacturer. The Production Certificate marks the last of many milestones for Game Composites in the journey…Read More

  • Thaden Field House Aims To Attract More Business To The Bentonville Municipal Airport

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    From Drake Field to Springdale, local airports compete for local flights. And with Bentonville being a business hub and one of the busiest non-towered airports in Arkansas, the city’s municipal airport is trying to attract even more business.

  • Bentonville’s Thaden Field to become ‘destination airport’

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    After 72 years of operation, city leaders and the aviation community have a new vision for Bentonville’s municipal airport, Louise M. Thaden Field, to become a destination airport for aviators and an added amenity for locals and tourists. Read MORE.