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Newk’s Eatery to expand in Louisiana and Texas

JACKSON — Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, has announced a new development agreement with New Orleans-based Southeast Restaurant Group, founded by Elie Khoury. The operator of franchise and independent restaurants plans to open 15 Newk’s locations throughout Southern Louisiana and in Houston. With the new agreement, Southeast Restaurant Group becomes Newk’s largest franchisee. SRG ...

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Ridgeland firm — First Class Linens — keeps restaurant linens sharp

It’s a dirty job cleaning restaurant napkins and hotel sheets by the thousands but Ridgeland-based First Class Linen LLC has turned its linen rental and cleaning business into annual sales of around $10 million. First Class Linen was founded in 2003 by Bert Rubinsky, who serves as the company president, and Kenny Perry, vice president of operations. It serves restaurants, ...

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Casual dining is an economic indicator

How’s an area’s economy doing? Just check the traffic at casual dining restaurants such as Outback, Longhorn, Logan’s and Olive Garden. J&R Restaurant Group’s sales at its eight Mississippi and Tennessee Outback Steakhouses dropped along with the economy from 2007-2009. By 2010, with a degree of life returning to the economy and job insecurity lifting, people began treating themselves to ...

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Outback Steakhouse dream realized in Flowood

A victory at the polls in 2006 after a pair of defeats in Flowood liquor-by-the-drink referendums positioned Steven Grantham Jr. to carry out his late father’s plans for a second Outback Steakhouse in Metro Jackson. Flowood finally would get an Outback restaurant where diners could enjoy their favorite spirits along with thick cut grilled steaks and the acclaimed bloomin’ onion. ...

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Fast-casual dining franchisee hits rough patch but operates in strong category

Fiscal turbulence has forced Ridgeland’s Pinnacle Restaurant Corp., operators of several McAllister’s Deli and Mazzio’s Italian Eatery restaurants in metro Jackson, to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Pinnacle has a trio of McAllister’s locations in Pearl, Richland and Bryam and seven Mazzio’s throughout the Jackson area. It also operates a half dozen Mazzio’s in Texas as well as a pair ...

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Abner’s celebrates the success of 20 years of chicken

In January 1993, years ago, Abner White started small in Oxford. He had five tables, one cheap cash register, two small fryers, one griddle and a fountain drink machine. “That was it,” he said. He shared eight parking spaces with an adjacent gas station. The menu featured less than a half-dozen items – all fried to keep things simple, White ...

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Flora family tackles restaurant business with Blue Rooster

Meredith Stringfellow says you’re not going to do a restaurant if you don’t love it. A recent industry survey reported that new restaurants in the United States have a one in four chance of closing or changing ownership within their first year. Those odds increase to three in five during the restaurant’s first three years. Fighting those odds, Stringfellow and ...

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St. John, officials celebrate reopening of new-look Purple Parrot

HATTIESBURG — Robert St. John and state and local officials gathered today for the re-opening of the newly remodeled Purple Parrot Café and the addition of the new dining establishment, Branch. The renovation marks an investment of $1.3 million. “Today is an exciting day as we re-open the Purple Parrot Café in Hattiesburg and welcome the addition of Branch,” said ...

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Keeping Our Eye On Nick Wallace

Name: Nick Wallace Age: 33 Position: Executive Chef, Company: King Edward Hotel When “Best Chefs America” featured Nick Wallace along with other outstanding chefs in the state, it was just more validation for the Edwards-born foodie. “With my deep Mississippi roots, I love to turn the tables and give an unexpected twist to create new Southern favorites,” Wallace says. “If ...

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Billy’s Italian Restaurant finds success in outlet mall

Many people discover Billy’s Italian Restaurant not with their eyes, but rather with their nose. After all, who expects to see a fine Italian eatery in an outlet mall anyway? But, for the last 12 years now Billy’s Italian Restaurant has been filling the air with delicious aromas at the Outlets at Vicksburg, the patrons enjoying the interaction with the ...

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