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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: SHAPLEY’S

For a quarter of a century, Shapley’s Restaurant in Ridgeland has been serving up steaks that keeps customers coming back time and again. “The reason for our longevity in the restaurant arena is the quality of the product we serve to choose,” said Scott Koestler, the owner of the restaurant since 1998. Koestler started working in the restaurant in 1992, ...

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Beer party!

Dinners pairing beer with food are a growing trend in Jackson and the rest of the country Move over wine snobs; beer drinkers are going upscale with a burgeoning number of craft breweries offering more variety. Dinners pairing beer with food dishes are showcasing the versatility and compatibility of beer.  In Jackson, these dinners began about three years ago at ...

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Excitement builds

Five buildings expected to open in November Five of the buildings on the new campus of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on Highway 90 in Biloxi are becoming a reality and will open to the public Nov. 8.  Dedicated to George Ohr, the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter,” it will be America’s first museum devoted to a single potter. The new museum ...

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Schimmel's restaurant has closed

Schimmel’s, a fine dining restaurant at 2615 North State Street in Jackson’s Fondren district, has closed.The restaurant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2009, and continued to operate as it looked for a buyer. It was converted to Chapter for liquidation on Friday. Court records show the restaurant had between $1,000,000 and $10,000,000 in assets, and between $500,000 and ...

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‘Small’ museums offer big treasures

    Mississippi is home to some large, impressive museums. Facilities such as Beauvoir in Biloxi, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale are just a few of the museums that are known throughout Mississippi and beyond.   But, there are scores of smaller museums scattered across the Magnolia State that, while ...

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A busy season ahead

Performing arts centers have full slate of shows   Performing arts centers around the state are gearing up for a busy season, providing an eclectic lineup of performances, in some cases state firsts. A tribute to Buddy Holly, the drama of Robert Kennedy and the Civil Rights movement, the musical stylings of Marty Stuart — there is a little of ...

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‘All without a penny of taxpayer money’

Sports Hall of Fame and Museum offers meeting space as well as trip down memory lane   The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (MSHOF) is not exactly your great-grandfather’s place of exhibition. If you want to view dusty artifacts in cramped, musky rooms, the museum would not be your cup of Gatorade.  At the MSHOF, traditional artifact displays ...

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People still showing up hungry

  Mayflower has been feeding folks in Jackson since 1935   Defining a landmark is pretty simple. It has to have been around a while and it has to have stayed in the same place. For a business to become a landmark, folks have to know where it is and there has to be something there they’re willing to pay ...

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Recession not hurting business at Doe’s

Greenville steak and tamale house recognized as one of the great restaurants in America   “Truly unlike anything else, Doe’s will always be my favorite, with apologies to Peter Luger’s & Ruth’s Chris. The incredible steaks and atmosphere are truly hard to describe. Like remembering the absolute best meal your grandma made, Doe’s is the best. An incredible experience for ...

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Any Coast restaurant talk starts with Mahoney’s

  The Mississippi Gulf Coast has long staked a big part of its economic future to tourism, with casinos and their affiliated resorts serving as the bell cow. The past two decades, it’s worked out pretty well, though Hurricane Katrina did her best to cripple the region permanently.  Outside of the casino floors and the golf courses, the primary beneficiaries ...

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