Archive for the ‘Restaurants, Arts & Entertainment’ Category

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Restaurants beating back the recession

The Mississippi restaurant industry has climbed back from the hit it took during the recent recession to show $3.2 billion in sales in the most recent fiscal year, up six percent from the previous year. Employment was up by 2.9 percent to a total of 80,835. “The rest of the story is that 80,835 figure […] [...]

Lauren Rogers museum celebrates 90 years as cultural hub

by Lynn Lofton Published: July 5,2013

Tags: George Bassi, Jones County, Lauren Rogers Museum

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a treasure for Laurel, Jones County and the whole state of Mississippi. This gem opened in 1923 on a tree-lined street in the historic district of Laurel. It was established by the family of Lauren Rogers as a legacy to this young man who died at the age […] [...]

Golden Nugget stakes its claim on the Coast

by Lisa Monti Published: July 5,2013

Tags: gaming, Gold Nugget Casino, Gulf Coast, hospitality, tourism

Late on the afternoon before the Golden Nugget’s big debut in Biloxi, general manager Jim Hoskins sounded calm and cool. “We have a great team,” Hoskins said by way of explaining his no-sweat attitude before the official unveiling of the new brand. The next day, on June 21, the ribbon was ceremoniously cut on the […] [...]

Convention centers across state throw open doors

by Lynn Lofton Published: July 5,2013

Tags: Conventions, Gulf Coast, JACKSON, Natchez, tourism

The economy is shaky and casino business – a major player in tourism – is down. So, how are meetings and conventions – another important part of tourism – faring? Three of Mississippi’s most popular places for meetings and conventions – the Gulf Coast, Jackson and Natchez – say business is good. “Our convention and […] [...]

Inspectors help keep eateries safe

by Lisa Monti Published: July 5,2013

Tags: Dining Out, eating, health inspectors, restaurants

Next time you enjoy a meal in a restaurant, don’t just compliment the chef. You might also want to thank the county Health Department inspector who pokes around in the kitchen to make sure diners stay safe from nasty food borne illness. John Luke, director of food protection with the state Department of Health, estimates […] [...]

“The Help” Leads Box Office

by Stephen McDill Published: August 21,2011

Tags: Brent's Drugs, Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Brandon Gray of Box Office Mojo: “On the bright side, The Help climbed to the top spot… while Rise of the Planet of the Apes took second. The Help eased 21 percent to an estimated $20.5 million, lifting its total to $71.8 million in 12 days. It marked the first time since early January that […] [...]

Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: COMO STEAKHOUSE

by Becky Gillette Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Best Steakhouses in Mississippi, Como Steakhouse

Come into The Como Steakhouse for not just an exceptional meal, but a trip down history lane. The restaurant known for not just great steaks, but salmon, shrimp, catfish and chicken prepared on open charcoal pits, is located in a 135-year-old former mercantile store on land purchased for 50 cents an acre from local Native […] [...]

Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: TICO’S STEAKHOUSE

by Becky Gillette Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Best Steakhouses in Mississippi, Ridgeland, TICO’S STEAKHOUSE

In the past 20 years that Tico’s Steak House has been around, there has been a trend towards eating less red meat. But people still get that craving for a good steak, and Tico’s Steak House in Jackson serves them up with style and elegance. Tico Hoffman, owner of Tico’s Steak House, said a memorable […] [...]

Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: CRAWDAD’s

by Clay Chandler Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Best Steakhouses in Mississippi, CRAWDAD’s, Merigold

Start a conversation about good places to eat in the Mississippi Delta, and you’re eventually going to mention Crawdad’s. The landmark in Merigold opened in the early 1980s as a takeout crawfish place. “That place has morphed into one of the finest eating establishments in the Delta,” said Rep. David Norquist, D-Cleveland, who said he’s […] [...]

Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: DOE’S EAT PLACE

by Becky Gillette Published: September 5,2010

Tags: Best Steakhouses in Mississippi, DOE’S EAT PLACE, Greenville

One of the measures of success is if people copy what you do. By that standard—and many more—Doe’s Eat Place has it made. It has been replicated 14 times now, with the family business owned by the Signa family since 1941 now having 13 franchises in the Southeast and a second family-owned Doe’s in Paducah, […] [...]

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