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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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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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