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Crittenden Distillery making whiskey, history in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI Inside of a plain metal building on the edge of the Kiln community, Matt Crittenden is making whiskey and a little Hancock County history. The al-most completed Crittenden Distillery’s high-end bourbon and rye will have the distinction of being the first whiskey to be legally produced in the county, which many a moonshiner has called home. Crittenden ...

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Slim Chickens set to open in Ridgeland

David Bagwell will open a Slim Chickens restaurant on Jan. 8 at 819 Lake Harbour Dr. in Ridgeland. The Fayetteville, Ark.-based chain has 72 stores and Bagwell says he plans to open other stores in Mississippi in 2018. » READ MORE about Slim Chickens … The 3,000-square-foot Ridgeland store will cost roughly $1 million to build and equip, including acquisition ...

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‘Classy burger joint’ marries tradition and whimsy

By JACK WEATHERLY Haute hamburgers and curated cocktails. Not exactly a classic match, but that’s just fine and dandy with Ray-Scott Miller. In fact Fine & Dandy is the name of his new restaurant in Jackson’s District at Eastover. There’s more than a little whimsy with the restaurant, starting with the menu, which informs the diners that they are in ...

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Legal Mississippi-made bourbon becomes a reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Soon, bourbon fans will be able to sip the first whiskey made legally in Mississippi since 1908. That’s when the state anticipated by some 10 years the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by banning the making and sale of alcohol in the Magnolia State. But Mississippi jumped on the prohibition band wagon. It was the first state to ratify the ...

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Restaurateurs dive into the barbecue pool

By JACK WEATHERLY There are dozens of restaurants that specialize in barbecue in the Jackson area. So what makes David Raines and Steve and Lisa Beagles think they can take a bite out of that market? For Raines, it’s because the success and hurrahs for his Flora Butcher Shop, which opened in 2016 and specializes in above-prime waygu beef. Playing ...

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9-screen movie house doesn’t make cut at Eastover, but food hall will

By JACK WEATHERLY The District at Eastover had for several years touted a nine-screen luxury movie theater featuring as one of its assets in the mixed-use development in north Jackson. But developers Breck Hines and Ted Duckworth found that the rent was too high for theater operators, Hines said in an interview Monday. So no theater with reclining chairs, good ...

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Chef John David Forde set to run MGCCC’s City Line Café

Chef John David Forde of Starkville has been named chef for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s City Line Café. The restaurant is located in the Hospitality and Resort Management Center on DeBuys Road in Biloxi. Forde, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Austin, Texas, in 2012, has worked for James Beard award-winning chefs John Besh, Stephan Pyles and Michael ...

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