In case you missed it last night, Little Rock's The Root Cafe was the big winner on HLN's documentary "Growing America: A Journey to Success." Jack and Corri Sundell, owners of The Root, won $25,000 — and a plaque to boot — in the viewer-voted contest.
With the help of teams made up of various MBA grads and students from top schools in the country, the show's premise centers around three main entrepreneur-based businesses from the U.S. with the goal to grow and become more efficient.
The program also featured a barbershop in Detroit and a disaster-relief company in Denver.
Jack said the last segment was filmed Dec. 9, so he and his wife have known since then, but it was initially a surprise.
"They just told us they were light on content for the finale," Jack said. "They showed up, but they didn't tell us Ty Pennington would be there. It surprised us."
Pennington surprised the couple with a $25,000 check from Holiday Inn.
Jack said he and his wife have plans to expand this spring and add a kitchen, storage and more seating to the restaurant on South Main Street. With the expansion, the Sundells hope to provide a dinner service, around three nights a week, in the future.
"[The money] is a first step in that direction," Jack said.
Jack called the opportunity to work with a team of MBAs, an incredible opportunity for a business like The Root.
The team helped the Sundells update their restaurant website and up their social media efforts.
"It was like having four business consultants for a whole week," Jack said.
The Root Cafe is located at 1500 S. Main St. in Little Rock. The restaurant is open 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more info, check out their Facebook page or website.