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The Bistro Opens in Paris

September 2nd, 2015 by Gwen Green

The kitchen of The Bistro in Paris, ArkansasCraig Alderson has a history steeped in delicious food.

Alderson’s resume includes teaching others to cook in Arkansas Tech University’s Hospitality and Continuing Education departments and in Dallas on the Project Husband show. Alderson has also judged dishes in SkillsUSA competitions, worked at Mount Magazine Lodge and Chamberlyne Country Club, and was one of 12 chefs chosen for the Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art VIP dinner.

His vast experience as a chef led Alderson to fulfill his dream of opening his own restaurant. The Bistro opened in June in Paris, Ark. and serves made-from-scratch Italian food, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. To enhance the dining experience, live music is presented monthly featuring local artists.

Alderson came to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at Arkansas Tech to get licensing and permit information for his new restaurant. In addition, he obtained market research from the center to find the market potential for his new endeavor.

Of his experience with the ASBTDC, Alderson remarked, “This is an invaluable service for small businesses. Any questions I had were answered immediately. They are ‘plugged in’ and know how to do the groundwork to start a business, which can be so difficult.”

Through the ASBTDC, Alderson also participated in a Real-World classroom project with the Money & Banking class at Tech. ATU students researched different financing options on his behalf and reported their findings to him. “It was nice to see the different options for collateral, interest rates, and terms. The students saved me quite a bit of time by doing the leg work for me,” he said.

The Bistro is located at 27 S. 1st St. in Paris. Lunch is served seven days a week, and dinner is served Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Learn more on the restaurant’s Facebook page.