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Mississippi team claims 2nd Place Grand Champion in New Orleans’ Hogs for the Cause

The Mississippi Bacon Association took 2nd place overall out of 85 teams in the New Orleans-based Hogs for the Cause, a fundraiser and barbecue competition, and raised over $15,000 for families battling pediatric brain cancer. The event featured a two-day, 85-team barbecue competition, with teams raising $1.45 million that will go to support families battling pediatric brain cancer. With Andy ...

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AAA announces Mississippi’s elite hotels and restaurants

AAA has announced the seven hotels and five restaurants in Mississippi that earned its Four Diamond Rating during the past 12 months. The AAA Four Diamond Rating is attained by just 3.9 percent of the more than 58,000 hotels and restaurants inspected by AAA. Mississippi hotels receiving the AAA Four Diamond Award are: BILOXI: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Hard ...

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Benjamin Malone joins Flora Butcher ss sous chef

Chef David Raines has appointed Jackson native, Benjamin Malone, Sous Chef at Flora Butcher. Malone will be involved in the preparation of the shop’s daily lunch menu and expanding catering business. He joins The Flora Butcher after a tenure at Clinton’s N’awlins Grill. Malone is also a co-owner Jackson’s Cascade On Tap Coffee Company, which he founded with his brothers ...

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Shapley’s lawsuits vie for use of steakhouse name

By JACK WEATHERLY Scott Koestler contends that the name of the Ridgeland steak and seafood restaurant he has operated for 20 years, Shapley’s, belongs to him. Koestler said in a response filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for Southern Mississippi in answer to a suit filed March 7 by Mark and Mary Shapley that in 1998 he bought the ...

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Creating a big event: Evans’ Karovan provides the atmosphere

By JULIA MILLER When Karey Evans found out her third son was getting married two years ago, she knew she wanted to do something fun for the rehearsal dinner. So, Evans did what any modern woman would do. She took to the Internet to look for inspiration. “I really wanted to do something different,” she said. “I found these mobile ...

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Dave’s Triple B brings ‘comfort food’ in a big way

By JACK WEATHERLY The restaurant has had a soft opening since March 21. A week later, a sign still isn’t up. Some passersby might think it’s the return of Chimneyville Smokehouse, which occupied the train terminal-style building at 970 High St. from 1989 till last November. But the inviting front-end deck and the refurbished, brightened and refurnished interior tell you ...

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Koestler confirms Shapley’s Restaurant moving to Renaissance at Colony Park

By JACK WEATHERLY Shapley’s Restaurant, widely considered one of Mississippi’s top steakhouses for more than three decades, will move in July, owner Scott Koestler told the Mississippi Business Journal on Tuesday. The business started in 1985 at 868 E. Centre St. off County Line Road will move to the Renaissance at Colony Park. Koestler said he and Mark Shapley, who ...

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MADE IN MISSISSIPPI — Cathead Distilleries sustains substantial growth

By JULIA MILLER Since Cathead Distillery opened in 2010, it’s mission has been simple — produce a top-notch product all while supporting Mississippi music. Despite being the state’s first legal distillery since prohibition ended in 1966, Cathead co-founder Richard Patrick said the first eight years of production have been grassroots driven with strong organic growth. “The state has been great ...

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2 Mississippi Delta towns eye new restaurant tax

Two Mississippi Delta towns are seeking legislative approval to create a 2 percent restaurant tax to fund local improvements. The Greenwood Commonwealth reported Thursday that if Republican Sen. Lydia Chassaniol’s Senate Bill 3013 is passed by the Legislature, Carrollton and North Carrollton could potentially enact new restaurant taxes that would fund recreation, tourism, parks, economic development and other purposes. If Chassaniol’s bill passes, ...

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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop to open Feb. 28 in Clinton

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Feb. 28 in Clinton. The 3,500 square-foot fast-casual restaurant, located at 734 Clinton Parkway, across from Anytime Fitness, will be Clinton’s first Fuzzy’s, owned, built and operated by franchisee Lindsay Rasmussen. “We are excited to introduce Fuzzy’s Taco Shop to Clinton and get to know the members of the community,” said Ansara. “We think ...

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