Bentonville couple opening new breakfast restaurant

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A Bentonville couple is planning the opening of a new breakfast and brunch restaurant.

The Buttered Biscuit will open the first week of April at 1403 S.E. Moberly Lane in Bentonville, near the intersection of Arkansas Highway 102. It’s the first restaurant venture for Sam and Anna Russell, Michigan transplants who moved to Benton County a little more than a year ago. Sam Russell works for the Kellogg Co. Anna Russell is a stay-at-home mom/entrepreneur who has previous restaurant experience working for a franchise in Michigan.

“I have a great passion for entrepreneurism and a passion for business and a joy for food,” she said. “I love breakfast especially.”

The Russells will open their restaurant in a 2,800-square-foot building previously occupied by Boneheads restaurant. It closed in mid-January, and the Russells worked with commercial real estate executive Clinton Bennett to buy the property from Tommy “Boot” Baker in February for $639,779. Paragould-based First National Bank provided financing.

Russell said the restaurant’s tagline is “A traditional, classic breakfast with unique flair.” The restaurant menu will also be compatible for patrons with dietary preferences.

Sam and Anna Russell, owners of The Buttered Biscuit in Bentonville.

“We know there is a lot of breakfast competition in Bentonville,” she said. “But this is more than just a cheese omelet. We’ll take it up a couple of notches.”

The Buttered Biscuit will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant will seat about 90 people, and an outdoor patio will provide additional seating space.

Russell said she expects to hire 30 to 40 full- and part-time employees.