Shorty Small’s, a longtime favorite restaurant to many central Arkansans, will be opening a new location in Beebe after city officials unanimously approved its ordinance on Monday, April 23, to pursue a permit to serve liquor.


Shorty Small’s Managing Partner David Rackley spoke at the meeting to explain the origin of the restaurant. According to him, the concept was created by a man named Bruce Anderson, who lived in Beebe. Anderson successfully opened a restaurant called “Anderson’s Restaurant” in the ’60s, then expanded into opening Cajun’s Wharf, and eventually opened two Shorty Small’s restaurants.


In the early ’90s, Shorty Smalls was the highest-grossing restaurant for nearly a decade, according to Rackley. But, the North Little Rock location closed several years ago and the Little Rock location closed in December 2021 during the pandemic. It was only a few months ago, in September 2023, that Shorty Small’s reopened as a food truck in North Little Rock. Patrons can reportedly expect the new restaurant to be open for lunch every day, but the menu will be less extensive than what fans are used to from the previous locations.




Nonetheless, after being a staple in central Arkansas for over four decades, locals are excited about the new brick-and-mortar, which will be located at 126 S. Main Street in Beebe. A timeline for the restaurant has not yet been released.


In the meantime, you can keep up with the Shorty Small’s food truck by visiting the restaurant’s social media pages.


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