Van Buren will get a new restaurant by the end of the year.

Construction on a Colton’s Steak House and Grill at 33 Access Road in Van Buren is expected to begin mid-June, said owner Mark Dean. The restaurant should be completed and ready to open by Dec. 1, he said.

Colton’s offers steaks, ribs, seafood, burgers, salads, appetizers and desserts. The restaurant in Van Buren also will offer liquor, wine and beer, Dean said.

A Van Buren construction permit for the 7,220-square-foot restaurant was issued Wednesday to Dean, Anderson and Rauls Restaurant Group out of Fort Smith.

Dean said the group is made up of himself, his father Paul Dean, his father-in-law Mike Anderson and their partner Russ Rauls.

Van Buren was chosen by the owners as the best location for the restaurant over Fort Smith, Dean said. The restaurant will be across Fayetteville Road from Big Jake’s Cattle Co.

"There’s a lot of fast food restaurants, but not a lot of sit down, and we think we’ll do well in Van Buren," Dean said.

Dean does not believe his restaurant will take diners away from Big Jake’s, he said.

"I think we’ll both do well," Dean said. "I know they’re busy all the time and I think they’ll stay busy."

Dean added that there is enough dining business in Van Buren to keep all the restaurants operating successfully.

This will be the first Colton’s the group has opened, but there are plans for expansion into Oklahoma, Dean said. The group owns building rights for nine cities to the south and southwest of Tulsa, he said.

According to the permit, the Van Buren restaurant will be valued at $1.2 million. Fees to obtain the permit total $1,347.

At least 32 locations of the franchise, based out of Little Rock, spread across Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky, with the first one opening in Conway in 1996.