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New-style Krystal model debuts in south Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Krystal opened its first cafe that specialized in the tiny, square hamburgers during the Great Depression. The first customer in the original stand in Chattanooga in 1932 ordered six hamburgers and a cup of coffee for a total of 35 cents, according to the company. The company did not respond to a request for a breakdown on ...

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Matt Jones named food & beverage manager at Reunion Golf & Country Club

Matt Jones Matt Jones, a 16-year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been named Food & Beverage Manager at the new Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison. Jones joins Reunion after five years as General Manager with McAlister’s Deli in Hattiesburg, where he wore many hats, from Human Resources, budgeting, marketing and corporate management. Matt will be responsible for ...

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1 of South’s last Bonanza eateries to close, leaving 15 open

The second to last Bonanza Steakhouse restaurant left below the Mason-Dixon Line is closing its doors after 45 years. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Thursday that owner John Mason has confirmed his Tupelo, Mississippi, franchise is closing. Mason says the building occupied by the business is under contract to be sold to Dollar General Corp., which plans to build ...

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Shops, eatery thrown into the Renaissance mixture

By JACK WEATHERLY The mix, if not the churn, at Renaissance at Colony Park continues. The lifestyle shopping mall in Ridgeland is marking its 10th anniversary as new and newish tenants arrive and even an old tenant returns. Newish? The Aerie subsidiary of American Eagle Outfitters opened last month. AEO, of course, has been around for four decades as a ...

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206 Fish, Steak & Seafood House opening downtown Tupelo

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – After nearly three years of running Southern Steak & Fish, owner Blake Estes has decided to go in another direction. He closed the restaurant on Industrial Road over the weekend, but is opening a new restaurant in about three weeks. It will be called 206 Fish, Steak & Seafood House. It will ...

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STEAK WARS 2 — MM Shapley’s – second of 2 restaurants with a common history – opens

MM Shapley’s opened Monday night. The steak and seafood restaurant had been known simply as Shapley’s for 20 years. That is a name associated with some of the finest dining in metro Jackson. MM Shapley’s is in the very same place, tucked into a New Orleans-style garden at No. 868 on Centre Street, which meanders northward from County Line Road ...

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Rene Bajeux named Executive Chef at Reunion Golf & Country Club

French Chef Rene Bajeux will lead the culinary team at Reunion Golf & Country Club when the 33,000 square foot, $15 million clubhouse opens this summer. Bajeux, who joins Reunion from New Orlean’s Dickie Brennan restaurants, where he was the Chef In Residence at all four restaurants, including the Palace Cafe. Bajeux was born and raised in Alsace-Lorraine, France, He ...

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STEAK WARS — Koestler Prime strikes first

An hour after the city of Ridgeland issued its last permit to the restaurant mid-afternoon last Thursday, Scott and Julie Koestler decided – what the heck – let’s open tonight. And so they did. Julie posted it on Facebook. But it was not like there was  a complete  surprise to the opening of Koestler Prime in Renaissance at Colony Park. ...

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Joshua Stambaugh appointed to Dave’s Triple B Restaurant

Joshua Stambaugh has been appointed to Front of House Manager at Dave’s Triple B Restaurant in Jackson. Stambaugh started his restaurant as a teenager at Newk’s in Ridgeland. When Chef David Raines served as Executive Chef during the first year of Seafood R’evolution, Stambaugh was brought in to assist with the wine cellar. When Dave’s Triple B: The Butcher, The ...

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