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Po’ Monkey’s will rock the house again

By JACK WEATHERLY If you drive down a country road a mile or so west of Merigold next summer you might hear some familiar sounds above the crunch of the gravel beneath your tires. Not large farm machinery in the distance working the Delta land. It won’t be an illusion. It will be Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world-famous sharecropper’s shack turned into ...

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Construction tour of downtown Jackson hotel shows shape of future

By JACK WEATHERLY Mike Burton loves to point out the subtleties of the Jackson Westin as he conducts a walking tour of the hotel under construction. Such as the walls of the ground-floor passage from the east-facing lobby that are on a slight angle for a few paces, then an inset and another angled wall and so on, till the ...

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Saint Leo of Oxford ‘on fire’

Restaurant nominated for James Beard Award less than a year after opening By ALEX JACKS Emily Blount combined her love for the big city and small-town life when she established Saint Leo of Oxford less than a year ago. Blount opened her wood-fired Italian restaurant after settling in Oxford. Never did she believe her vision would influence so many people ...

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New restaurant ‘barrels’ into Fondren

Barrelhouse owners hope to provide economically sound business with character to community By ALEX JACKS In the heart of Fondren, where art, entertainment and, most important, fine dining take a front seat, sits the newest hub that combines all three characteristics. Barrelhouse, named for its exposed barrel rolled ceiling and prominent Cajun cuisine roots, recently opened on the Fondren strip. ...

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Vets team up to bring new pizza concept to Mississippi

Business partners Dee Broadwater and John Henry come from similar professional backgrounds. Both served in the military and then as defense contractors overseas. As college students, they both “did their time” working in restaurants. Now the two are getting into the restaurant business by introducing the Your Pie pizza franchise in the Jackson area. More locations are planned in other ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Mississippi

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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Coast Roast perking despite two hard blows

By LISA MONTI Shawn and Lynn Montella started their Coast Roast coffee business 16 years as a modest venture centered on Shawn’s interest in roasting coffee beans. “We never had big plans, we were just doing it on the fly, adjusting as we went,” Shawn Montella said. “It just grew on its own.” Grew it did. In spite of the ...

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Food group honors Walters

Lurleen M. Walters, an assistant professor and agricultural economist at Mississippi State University, recently was presented the Patrick J. Byrne Emerging Leadership Award by the Food Distribution Research Society for contributions to the national organization. Walters joined MSU in 2013 after earning a doctorate in food and resource economics from the University of Florida and working as an assistant professor ...

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Southern Prohibition Brewery hopes Legislature removes restrictions

By BECKY GILLETTE Because of restrictions in the law, Mississippi is one of the last states to cash in on the hot microbrewery trend. Quinby Chunn, owner of Southern Prohibition Brewery, is hopeful that legislation currently being considered in Jackson will allow direct sales at breweries. “We’re trying to get House Bill 1322, which has been approved by the Mississippi ...

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Cantina Laredo to open in District at Eastover

FROM MBJ STAFF Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. plans to open a Cantina Laredo restaurant in the District at Eastover in Jackson in the summer. Cantina Laredo, featuring modern Mexican cuisine — from the signature Casa’Rita made with fresh squeezed limes, to “top shelf” guacamole, prepared tableside, fresh fish paired with distinctive salsas and sizzling Mexican Apple Pie served on a ...

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