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story.lead_photo.caption A Minute Man restaurant in Little Rock is shown in this file photo from 2002.

Minute Man, a once-popular chain of restaurants that had locations throughout Arkansas and two other states before dwindling to a single outlet in El Dorado, is set for a comeback.

Linda McGoogan, who owns the last remaining Minute Man, is working with an Arkansas native who founded Matchbox Food Group to "revive this legendary brand," according to a news release issued Wednesday. Three locations in the Little Rock and Conway areas are in the "initial plans," the release said.

Perry J. Smith, the Matchbox founder, said in the release that he has been working with McGoogan in El Dorado "meeting customers, setting up systems, developing relationships with the trades and building a motivated team."

"But mainly, I have been listening to people's thoughts on what a 21st century Minute Man needs to look, feel and taste like," he said. "So many folks love this idea and we have to get it right."

Smith called Minute Man an "Arkansas heritage brand and beloved restaurant."

The chain originated in Little Rock in 1948 and later had 57 locations in Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana.


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  • abb
    January 17, 2019 at 11:07 a.m.

    Bring this and Shakeys pizza back!

  • Justthefaqsmaam
    January 17, 2019 at 12:27 p.m.

    A burger with hickory smoked bbq sauce and Radar Range deep dish cherry pies!

  • mrcharles
    January 17, 2019 at 12:27 p.m.

    WHAT ABB SAID AT 11:07 A.M.

  • RTT
    January 17, 2019 at 12:59 p.m.

    Ooooh, man. Minute Man is making a comeback? I can hardly wait! Great burgers, great prices & great memories. Legendary indeed.

  • PopMom
    January 17, 2019 at 1:22 p.m.

    I loved the chili burgers.

  • GeneralMac
    January 17, 2019 at 1:42 p.m.

    They must have faded before I moved here.

    St Cloud MN had a Sambo's that drove liberals nuts.

    They said the name wasn't "pc" enough for liberal St Cloud.

  • BoSoxfan
    January 17, 2019 at 1:47 p.m.

    Can't wait for a Minute Man cheeseburger - simply the best!!!

    January 17, 2019 at 1:56 p.m.

    LOL@"liberal St. Cloud."

  • drs01
    January 17, 2019 at 1:58 p.m.

    If you plan to bring back Wes Hall's Minute Man please forget the eco-wacko crap and use real charcoal pits to cook the burgers the "original" way they became so famous. Anything less would be a mistake.

  • hogfan2012
    January 17, 2019 at 2:57 p.m.

    What DRS01 said! Real charcoal - that is what set Minute Man apart and above everyone else!