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Char restaurant to expand by 50 percent

By JACK WEATHERLY Sometimes, a business solution is right out the back door. The owners of Char restaurant, the 4-Top Hospitality Group, seized the opportunity of leasing 3,000 square feet behind it in Highland Village. The expansion, which brings the total space under the Char roof to 9,300 square feet, will provide special events space. “We look forward to hosting ...

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Another Newcomb digs into the fast-casual food business

By JACK WEATHERLY  Don and Chris Newcomb are the father-and-son team that created McAlister’s Deli and Newk’s Eatery, two very successful fast-casual food chains based in Mississippi. And John Newcomb? Same family – nephew to Don and first cousin to Chris. Different restaurant. Freshii, a chain started by Matthew Corrin in 2005, will have grown to 300 restaurants in 85 ...

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Root beer heirs battle over finances

A Mississippi family famous for its role in Gulf Coast soft drink history is now involved in a $1 million legal battle. Lou Ella Barq claims in a lawsuit that she is in financial straits because her son and his wife siphoned off more than $1 million she inherited from her husband. She is the widow of William Adolph Barq, ...

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Sombra Mexican Kitchen to open in Flowood

  Nashville-based 4-Top Hospitality will open a Sombra Mexican Kitchen in Flowood in November, its second in metro Jackson. The second Sombra will follow one in Ridgeland’s Township, which opened four years ago. At 111 Market Street off Lakeland Drive, it will seat 225 and have a patio. A Cheddar’s was located there till it closed early this year. 4-Top ...

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A chef’s tour of the world takes him to . . . Flora

David Raines’ Flora Butcher Shop specializes in prized Japanese beef known as wagyu By JACK WEATHERLY David Raines’ two-decade journey in the culinary world started in Louisiana and led him across three continents, all the way to – Flora. The Flora Butcher Shop, which opened Monday, specializes in the prized Japanese beef known as wagyu (wag-you.) It is a beef that ...

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COMING SOON: Daiquiris to go on the Gulf Coast

Daiquiri fans will soon be able to sip their favorite flavor from a go cup while walking around Old Town Bay St. Louis when the Daiquiri Shak opens next month at 112 Court St. “It’s the first shop of its kind in Hancock County,” said owner Caleb McQueen. “We are a to-go cup city. We want to serve people and ...

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Newk’s Eatery will open its 100th restaurant

Newk’s Eatery will open its 100th restaurant on Monday, halfway to its goal of 200 stores by the end of 2018. The Lake Charles, La., addition to the Jackson-based chain comes 12 years after its founding. It follows the founding in 1989 of McAlister’s Deli by Dr. Don Newcomb, an Oxford dentist, who sold McAlister’s in 1999. McAlister’s now has ...

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Sweet spot: 2nd generation of family runs Rosie’s in Tupelo

TUPELO — Rose McCoy is enjoying a much-deserved retirement. But the bakery shop in Fairpark that bears her name — Rosie’s — is in good hands. Her son, Neal, and his wife, Holly, took over the business from her last fall. The transition has been relatively seamless, just the way Neal and Holly had hoped. And it was all part ...

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