Archive for the ‘GAMING/HOSPITALITY – Market Sector’ Category

City gives restaurants more time to serve alcohol

TUPELO — People will soon be able to buy alcoholic drinks until 1 a.m. every day in Tupelo. The city council approved the change in a 4-3 vote. New hours restaurants can serve alcohol approved by the council are from 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day. Current hours are 10 a.m. until midnight on […] [...]

Gaming summit may provide a splash in the face for industry leaders

by Published: May 2,2014

Tags: BILOXI, Business, gaming, Mississippi, summit

BILOXI — There’s few things more refreshing than a splash of cold Gulf of Mexico water in your face while visiting a Mississippi beach. Larry Gregory hopes participants in next week’s Southern Gaming Summit will leave Biloxi with that same sensation about casinos in Mississippi. Gregory is executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality […] [...]

ALAN TURNER — McClain Lodge is an entrepreneurial family affair

by Published: April 14,2014

Tags: Business, hospitality, Mississippi

Joni and Buddy McClain are a great Mississippi success story. When we met recently at their property, the McClain Lodge (located on Clark Creek Road in Brandon), we discussed their various business ventures and how they came to be so successful. For those who might not know, Buddy owns over 60 Sonic locations throughout Mississippi, […] [...]

Ship Island Excursions: A captain’s job is constant

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, GULFPORT, Harrison County, Mississippi

It rained part of opening weekend for Ship Island Excursions spring season, briefly interrupting ferry trips between Gulfport and the popular barrier island. Weather — anything from high wind to a hurricane — can disrupt the Skrmetta family business that dates back to 1926. “We’re constantly watching the weather,” said Capt. Louis Skrmetta. “We don’t […] [...]

Biloxi’s White Pillars looking for just the right operator

by Published: April 7,2014

Tags: BILOXI, Business, Gulf Coast, Harrison County, Mississippi

The owners of the fabled White Pillars restaurant, under restoration on Biloxi’s beachfront, are as picky about who they lease or sell it to as they were when they operated the fine-dining showplace. They trucked in top quality beef, flew in premium duck and went through 1,000 pounds of veal bones every week for stock. […] [...]

Sanderson Farms Championship moving to Country Club of Jackson

by Published: April 3,2014

Tags: Business, Country Club of Jackson, Golf, Mississippi

Mississippi’s only PGA Tour event plans to move to Country Club of Jackson, ending a 20-year relationship with Annandale Golf Club. The Sanderson Farms Championship has been played at Annandale in Madison, Miss., which is a suburb of Jackson, since 1994. This year’s tournament is scheduled for Nov. 6-9. The move is pending approval by […] [...]

Diamondhead Casino names new chairman/president

DIAMONDHEAD — Diamondhead Casino Corporation (DHCC), which has been trying to build a casino resort on its 404-acre property in Diamondhead for more than a decade, has appointed Ted Arneault, formerly chairman, president and CEO of MTR Gaming Group Inc., as chairman of the board of the company and president and CEO of Casino World […] [...]

Developers of a 2nd Coast casino miss financing deadline

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Developers of two proposed casinos for the Mississippi Gulf Coast have missed deadlines to secure financing to build their projects. Tuesday, Rotate Black, which has a site approval at the Gulfport Harbor to build the $112 million Hemingway Casino failed to meet the 5 p.m. deadline. Monday, developers for the Scarlet […] [...]

Twang & tourism: Mississippi Country Music Trail tells genre’s story

In 2006 when the Mississippi Blues Trail was still in development, Malcolm White told the Mississippi Business Journal he thought a similar trail honoring the state’s country music heritage was a “distinct possibility.” Four years later, the Mississippi Legislature ended all doubt and the Mississippi Country Music Trail was born. Today, the trail is comprised […] [...]

The Shed partners with leading beef producer

by Published: March 28,2014

Tags: barbecue, BBQ, Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, restaurants

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint’s Sauce company, The Saucery, has joined forces with Meyer Natural Angus Beef to develop a line of all natural food products to sell in retail grocery stores around the nation and potentially worldwide. The partnership, only a few weeks old, brings together The Shed’s “junk” free barbeque sauces and […] [...]

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