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READY TO ORDER LIONFISH TACO? Hunting, eating the fish may be best way to control the invasive species

By LISA MONTI If there was a contest to crown the most menacing among all the aquatic invasive species, the lionfish from Indo-Pacific waters surely would reign. In the appearance category, the lionfish is strikingly exotic, with lots of moving parts and dramatic curves. Beyond its looks, the fish has dangerous attributes. Venomous quills help keep captors and predators away. Its ...

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MVP Sonic promotes Ashlyn Ervin

Ashlyn Ervin has joined MVP Sonic Group of Ridgeland as marketing coordinator for its Sonic Drive-Ins. Ervin previously worked with MVP Sonic at the in-store level in management and has a history of community outreach. MVP Sonic is an independently owned franchise group with stores throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

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Roughton shares a taste of Mississippi (and beyond)

One of Mississippi’s foremost culinary stars can be found in none other than downtown Indianola. The Crown Restaurant was begun almost 40 years ago, and today, it continues to be the source for both traditional and non-tradition fare. Evelyn Roughton, restaurateur, cookbook author, mail order entrepreneur, and culinary star, was born in Cleveland, Miss., and emphatically says that “the Delta ...

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Saltine hires chef de cuisine Andrew Allen

Andrew Allen has joined Saltine as chef de cuisine at the Jackson oyster bar and seafood restaurant. The Mississippi native returns to his home state from The National in Athens, Ga., to join executive chef Jesse Houston in the kitchen. The New England Culinary Institute graduate discovered his passion for cooking while working as a dishwasher at Janie’s Pastry Shop ...

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Bon Appétit puts Saltine on its Best New Restaurants list

By JACK WEATHERLY Bon Appétit  has named Saltine at 622 Duling in Jackson as one of the Best New Restaurants in 2015. Compiled by the magazine’s editor, Andrew Knowlton, the annual award honors innovative cooking at the top 50 new restaurants in America. The seafood restaurant and oyster bar, which opened a year ago, will find out Aug. 18 if ...

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Newk’s Eatery named to QSR Magazine’s top franchise deals

QSR Magazine has named Newk’s Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, a top pick for franchisees looking for concepts that deliver a “mutually beneficial relationship.” Fast-growing Newk’s, with more than 80 locations throughout the South and Southeast, was one of 12 concepts recognized by the respected restaurant trade publication. QSR called Newk’s a “rising star,” with a ...

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US. Foods opens new, bigger facility after 2014 tornado

By Jack Weatherly For its 4,000 Mississippi and Louisiana restaurants and institutional customers, US. Foods has returned in a big way. Its 272,000-square-foot facility has opened in Flowood. But division President Gil Smith said the new center is deceptively larger than the old one in Pearl, which encompassed 200,000 square feet. The new facility is much taller, making it twice ...

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Amerigo alums making mark as independent restaurant group

By TED CARTER Call them the four Amerigos. A partnership formed at Amerigo years ago has led David Conn, Doug Hogrefe, Ben Brock and Paul Schramkowski to create a casual dining enterprise on track to reach sales of $30 million annually, pay off its debt and open two additional restaurants in the fall. They seek simplicity over complex market analyses, preferring ...

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Local restaurant group achieving success in a flat market

By TED CARTER Based on distress their independent counterparts nationally are enduring, the partners who own Amerigo,  Char and several other casual dining restaurants in metro Jackson as well as Memphis and Nashville should be looking around for lifeboats. Instead, the partners are seeing double-digit revenue growth and preparing to expand their restaurant holdings in Jackson and Nashville. They are doing ...

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