*Courtesy of The Bison

SEARCY, Ark. – Several new restaurants are coming to Searcy in 2020, giving the community more food options and new job opportunities.

According to Buck Layne, president of the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce, the restaurants are Slim Chickens, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, Dairy Queen, and Sumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar.

The new businesses will bring more community, jobs and opportunities for people to come together and enjoy a nice meal with one another. Layne said he is thrilled with the upcoming businesses.

“I am very pleased with the new restaurants coming to Searcy,” Layne said. “We are always pleased when businesses come to town and create job opportunities for our community.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers and Slim Chickens both plan to be located on Beebe-Capps, but the final, specific locations are undetermined as of now.

Many students are very excited about the new variety of restaurants coming right next to Harding’s campus. Junior Sage Smith has been dreaming of the day that Freddy’s comes to Searcy.

“Freddy’s is my favorite burger restaurant, and I am very excited for it,” Smith said. “I’m just waiting for that special day when it’s open.”

Each restaurant brings a new flavor and taste to Searcy. Smith said he believes there’s nothing like the joy of eating a burger from Freddy’s.

“Sometimes you just gotta live a little and have a good burger,” Smith said.

Cindy Hearnsberger with the office management at Hart Construction is looking forward to what the restaurants can specifically bring to families in Searcy.

“I would like them to bring more family orientated restaurants,” Hearnsberger said. “It would be nice to have restaurants where a family could go and sit down for a meal.”

Most of these restaurants are scheduled to be up and ready to go before summer of 2020, and, hopefully, all of them will be open no later than next fall.