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Attorney drops lawsuit over choking on Popeyes chicken

A Mississippi attorney has dropped his lawsuit against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after he says he choked on a piece of chicken when the fast-food restaurant failed to provide him a knife in the drive-thru. Paul Newton Jr. of Gulfport tells The Sun Herald Thursday that he decided not to pursue the matter further citing “extreme comments” directed at his family. ...

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Steve Grantham’s long, winding road to beerdom

By JACK WEATHERLY Steve Grantham Jr. has brewed up a plan to put a private-label beer in Outback Steakhouses, starting with the nine he owns and shooting for many more restaurants and other establishments. Meanwhile, Lucas Simmons has been producing for two years at his Lucky Town Brewing Co. Now the two Jacksonians’ paths are converging. The result will be ...

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Weevie Road: a ‘high-octane golden ale’

By JACK WEATHERLY  “I have a feeling it’s going to be a big hit,” said brewmaster Lucas Simmons. “It’s going to be an easy-drinking but a little bit higher-octane golden ale.” The alcohol by volume will be 6 percent to 6.5 percent, he said. The mystery brew? Weevie Road. The first batch born-on date is expected to be in February. ...

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Papa Murphy’s wants to expand in Mississippi markets

By LISA MONTI The Papa Murphy’s pizza chain, which sells fresh, hand-crafted pizzas that cus-tomers bake at home, is looking to expand in the Jackson area and in other Missis-sippi markets. The Oregon-based Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. was founded in 1981 and operates more than 1,500 franchises and corporate fresh pizza stores across the country and in Canada and the United ...

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Hotel Vue names new chef

Brad Seyfarth was recently named Executive Chef for Hotel Vue located Natchez. The announcement was made by Wendy Grandin, General Manager of the 91-room property. Seyfarth previously served as Executive Chef at Monmouth and Dunleith Plantations. His primary responsibilities include managing all aspects of the culinary department while promoting southern hospitality and maintaining the highest quality food standards.

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Local 463 moving to larger space at the Renaissance at Colony Park

By BECKY GILLETTE  Local 463 Urban Kitchen, which has been located 121 Colony Crossing Way, Madison, for seven years, is on the move. The restaurant whose owners are firm believers in supporting local farmers and vendors, is still going to be “local,” moving a mile and a half to the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland where they will take over ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Nashville: city of big britches

NASHVILLE – This city reminds me of Atlanta 30 years ago. We moved from Little Rock to Atlanta where I had landed a job with the Journal-Constitution, the biggest paper in the Southeast. We were struck by the perpetual motion machine – driving, building and dealing. For the past decade or longer, Nashville has taken on the mantle of a new ...

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Lazy Magnolia updates production, packaging

By LISA MONTI Leslie and Mark Henderson, the founders of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., are both engineers, so when it came time to update equipment at their Kiln, brewery, they devised a production line that would keep the craft beer tasting better longer. “It’s a huge big deal, both from the capacity standpoint and also the quality,” said Mark Henderson of ...

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Piccadillys in Jackson undergoing $1M upgrade

By JACK WEATHERLY  Piccadilly Cafeterias has gone through some hard times, and now as a more streamlined chain, it is re-invigorating its operations. It is investing $1 million in its two Jackson stores, for example, primarily the flagship property in Lefleur’s Gallery on the Interstate 55 North Frontage Road, along with the one in the Robinson Road Shopping Center in ...

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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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