The original Cotham’s was built in 1917, and still serves up their famous Hubcap burgers today.

The Department of Arkansas Heritage recently announced the finalists for the 2018 class of the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame.

The DAH designed the awards to highlight five categories of Arkansas eats: restaurants, proprietors, food-themed events, people's choice and "Gone But Not Forgotten." Nominations were opened to the public and judged by a 13-member committee.

Here are the Little Rock finalists who made the list:


  • Franke’s Cafeteria 
  • Doe’s Eat Place of Little Rock
  • Bruno’s Little Italy 


  • Mary Beth Ringgold 
  • Capi Peck 
  • Scott McGehee


  • International Greek Food Festival

Gone But Not Forgotten:

  • Jacques and Suzanne
  • Cotham’s Mercantile 

The winners will be announced at a reception and induction ceremony on Tuesday, March 6, at the Ron Robinson Theater. For more info and to get your tickets, email Shelby Brewer at or call (501) 324-9349.

You can learn more about the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame on their website.