Posts Tagged ‘hospitality’

EATING UP THE BLUES — 5th Annual Oxford Blues Festival adds food to the lineup

Darryl Parker, organizer of the 5th Annual Oxford Blues Festival, recently received some inspiration — and validation — on a lonely stretch of Mississippi highway. “I was traveling along when I saw a van full of people that had pulled off of the side of the road,” Parker remembered. “The folks had stopped at a […] [...]

Officials to break ground on new D’Iberville casino next week

D’IBERVILLE — Land Holdings 1, LLC will host a groundbreaking for the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville next week. The Mississippi Gaming Commission recently approved construction of the Scarlet Pearl after Land Holdings I closed all of its necessary financing.  Construction will include the 60,000-square-foot gaming facility and a 300-room hotel. The groundbreaking will […] [...]

Voters to decide on city’s proposed hotel tax

BROOKHAVEN — City of Brookhaven voters are deciding whether to set a 2 percent tax hotel tax to pay for tourism promotion. The election is today. The Daily Leader reports that the tax, if approved, would be imposed on overnight stays at hotels or bed-and-breakfast inns with six or more rooms. Alderman David Phillips estimates […] [...]

City changes rules on serving alcohol outside

MERIDIAN — Some restaurants in downtown Meridian can legally start serving beer, wine and cocktails to customers dining at tables on sidewalks. The city council recently changed the rules that regulate alcohol consumption on public streets. The new policy allows alcohol to be served at tables that restaurants put on sidewalks just outside their buildings, […] [...]

Tupelo residents to enjoy a drink a little longer

TUPELO — Starting Friday, alcohol can be sold until one a.m. in Tupelo restaurants and bars. The city council approved the ordinance a month ago, triggering the extended sales of beer and light wine beginning Friday. Area residents are still weighing in on the new hours: 10 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day. Previously, the […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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, […] [...]

Construction underway on The Mill at MSU

STARKVILLE — Campus and community leaders officially broke ground yesterday on a $40-million economic development project in “Mississippi’s College Town.” The Mill at Mississippi State University features three main projects: Transforming a landmark former cotton mill into a conference center and related office space; building an adjacent hotel and parking garage; and developing mixed-use business […] [...]

Hub City wants lawmakers to extend lodging tax

HATTIESBURG — Travelers stopping for the night in the city of Hattiesburg could continue to pay a 2 percent lodging fee until June 2018 if legislators act on city officials’ request. The Hattiesburg American reports the city council unanimously adopted a resolution, requesting that the Legislature amend the legislation that created the Hattiesburg Tourism Commission […] [...]

Young Mississippi restaurateurs carving careers

by Published: January 31,2014

Tags: Business, food, Gulf Coast, hospitality, Mississippi, restaurants

If you ask to see the owner at certain Coast restaurants, you may be surprised to find that four of them are in their early 20s. Consider Jourdan Nicaud. He opened his third restaurant this month at the age of 24. Brandon Atwell, Frankie Penn and Thomas Young are buddies from high school and they […] [...]

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