BREAKFAST ANYTIME:  Diners at Bensons Grill

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  • BREAKFAST ANYTIME: Diners at Benson’s Grill
LATE NIGHT:  At Lucys Diner

Fort Smith supports three locally owned 24 hour breakfast joints — more than anywhere else in the state. But why?


There are a certain group of people who keep schedules that are far different from the norm — nurses, law enforcement officers, television producers, college students number among them. Odd hours makes one no less hungry, but where can one go when the urge to eat breakfast strikes at 11 p.m. or 2 a.m.?

Central Arkansas residents are, for the most part, confined to a small number of national chains such as IHOP, Denny’s and Waffle House. But in Fort Smith, the choices are different and include Lucy’s, Bob & Ellie’s and the king of all Arkansas late night food — Benson’s Grill. Why is that? How can a smaller economy support more locally owned efforts?