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Couple Ready to Re-Open Speedy Burger, a Star City Landmark

August 2nd, 2016 by Michael Jones

J.B.'s Speedy Burger logoChris and Kristi Sherrill of Star City remember the days of pulling up to Speedy Burger and ordering the famous chips and cheese dip.

For many years, Speedy Burger was the hot spot for locals and travelers alike. Located on Hwy. 425 and within walking distance of the Star City schools, the restaurant was also a popular option for after-game snacks. But Speedy Burger closed its doors in 2013.

The Sherrills believed reviving Speedy Burger was an excellent opportunity to fulfill their dream of owning a small business, more specifically a restaurant. In March, they contacted the ASBTDC at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and met with Michael Jones, ASBTDC business consultant.

Jones talked with them about their ideas and funding needs and worked with the couple to create a business plan that would tell their story as well as lay out a path for success.

After impressing their loan officer with their business plan, knowledge of the business, and passion for the project, the Sherrills had their loan approved in May. They purchased the restaurant and building the following month. Following the installation of new equipment and a fresh coat of paint inside,  J.B.’s Speedy Burger is expected to open this month.

With 10 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Kristi will manage the day-to-day operations. The new owners have not only the blessing of the previous owners but also a few of their secret recipes, including the famous dip.

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