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Renee Coleman named VP of Miller Hospitality

Renee Coleman was recently named Vice President of Miller Hospitality, a restaurant development company based in Ridgeland. As vice president, Coleman oversees the finances and human resources operations of Miller Hospitality, most recently serving as Director of Accounting. Miller Hospitality will soon open Fine & Dandy, an upscale burger restaurant, in The District at Eastover. The group also oversees operations ...

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Baptist’s Madison property continues mixed-use expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY The southeast quadrant at the intersection of Mississippi 463 and Highland Colony Parkway in Madison was originally envisioned as a second medical campus for Mississippi Baptist Health Systems. But the 60-acre site bordered on the east by Interstate 55 has evolved into a mixed-use development – still with the possibility of a hospital being built there – ...

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Instacart brings home delivery of groceries to metro Jackson

  By JACK WEATHERLY The days of home delivery of dairy products were long gone till megachains recently found a way to make use of an expanded version of that old business model. One of the latest delivery systems, Instacart, started operating in the Jackson area on Thursday, servicing customers of Kroger, Petco and Whole Foods. Kroger had said in May ...

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Jesse Houston joins Fine & Dandy team

Jesse Houston has been named culinary director and acting executive chef of Fine & Dandy, an upscale burger restaurant that opens this fall in The District at Eastover. Miller Hospitality, a Jackson-based restaurant development company, is behind Fine & Dandy A James Beard Semi Finalist for “Best Chef South” in 2016, Houston most recently worked in Jackson at Saltine Oyster ...

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Tammy Wynette restaurant opens to big crowds, long waits

By ADAM ARMOUR / Itawamba County Times TREMONT – The restaurant that will fund Tremont’s memorial to the “First Lady of Country Music” has opened its doors. The Tammy Wynette Legacy Park Restaurant, located inside the park’s main building, held a soft opening this past weekend. Turnout was larger than expected, and the small staff faced large crowds and a few ...

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Cantina Laredo opens in District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cantina Laredo, a full-service, upscale Mexican restaurant, opened this week at the District at Eastover in Jackson. Serving food inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City, the 7,776-square-foot restaurant seats more than 250 and includes a cooled patio overlooking green space and fountains. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., ...

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Noted chef, partners buy Parlor Market, place a bet on Jackson’s downtown

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Restaurateur Derek Emerson has made an industry name for himself – reaching the semifinals of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chefs of the South four times. He’s done that from his base in Fondren and Ridgeland. Now he’s betting on downtown Jackson. He and his wife, Jennifer Emerson, are now two of six owners of the ...

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Flora Butcher names director of charcuterie, meat fabrication

David Raines, chef, owner and operator of The Flora Butcher in Flora, has promoted Matthew Groll to director of charcuterie and meat fabrication. Groll joined The Flora Butcher in 2016 after a tenure as meat cutter with Whole Foods in New Orleans and Fresh Market in Ridgeland. The Flora Butcher opened in 2016, offering above-prime wet-aged and dry-aged Japanese Wagyu ...

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Highland Village: the more it changes, the more it’s the same

By JACK WEATHERLY Masa Liles, general manager of Highland Village, thinks of herself as a curator. Selecting new pieces and keeping certain “old” pieces has been the signature approach since the shopping center was opened in 1972. In an era when naysayers are predicting the demise of shopping aggregations, especially enclosed malls, Highland Village closes in on 50 years in ...

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Slowboat Brewing Co. owner says the future is ‘bubbly’

By BECKY GILLETTE Kenny and Carrie Mann are making things happen in downtown Laurel. The young couple left their 9-5 jobs to follow their dreams of owning a brewery. “And they are doing an incredible job,” said Jim Rasberry, chairman of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Jones County. Slowboat Brewing Company distributed its first batches of beer on Dec. ...

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