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Legal Mississippi-made bourbon becomes a reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Soon, bourbon fans will be able to sip the first whiskey made legally in Mississippi since 1908. That’s when the state anticipated by some 10 years the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by banning the making and sale of alcohol in the Magnolia State. But Mississippi jumped on the prohibition band wagon. It was the first state to ratify the ...

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Restaurateurs dive into the barbecue pool

By JACK WEATHERLY There are dozens of restaurants that specialize in barbecue in the Jackson area. So what makes David Raines and Steve and Lisa Beagles think they can take a bite out of that market? For Raines, it’s because the success and hurrahs for his Flora Butcher Shop, which opened in 2016 and specializes in above-prime waygu beef. Playing ...

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Restaurant meal delivery service launches in Jackson area

By JACK WEATHERLY Delivery is in the forefront of the U.S. economy it seems. Whether its Amazon buying up Whole Foods and getting groceries to the doorstep, or Wal-Mart and Kroger making deliveries to homes, the “last mile” seems to be the watchword. Enter Waitr into the Jackson area market. Starting Thursday, about 40 restaurants will deliver meals for a ...

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Company: No discrimination over religious objection to pants

A Mississippi restaurant chain denies that it discriminated against the religious beliefs of a Pentecostal woman by refusing to let her wear a denim skirt instead of blue jeans while she worked as a waitress. J. William Manuel, a lawyer for Georgia Blue LLC, said Wednesday in a statement that the company “does not discriminate on any basis.” Manuel says ...

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ALAN TURNER — Stuart Whitaker: In the swing of things

A few years back, Stuart Whitaker was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and has never recovered. After growing up in Garland, Texas, and graduating from Baylor, “I married a Mississippi girl, and here I am,” he said in a recent conversation. Stuart built a successful career in technology, working for a variety of tech companies and finally working for Mossy Oak ...

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Cantina Laredo opens in District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cantina Laredo, a full-service, upscale Mexican restaurant, opened this week at the District at Eastover in Jackson. Serving food inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City, the 7,776-square-foot restaurant seats more than 250 and includes a cooled patio overlooking green space and fountains. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., ...

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Award-winning chef opening Italian Bistro in Old Town Bay St. Louis

By LISA MONTI Chef David Dickensauge is bringing upscale Italian fare to Old Town Bay St. Louis. Dickensauge and Lee Parrish are opening Corks & Cleaver Italian Bistro this month in the spot that was vacated by Old Cuevas Bistro after about a year. The two have partnered on the Italian restaurant through their newly formed restaurant group. The Parrish ...

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Kajdan to be top chef at Westin Jackson hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY Matthew Kajdan will bring his culinary skills honed in top restaurants in the Jackson area and elsewhere to Estelle, the wine bar and bistro at the Westin hotel. He has been executive chef for five years at the Parlor Market at 115 West Capitol in downtown, within blocks of the 203-guest-room hotel at 315 Tombigbee St., which ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Doe’s: the tradition comes to Ridgeland

Maybe Shakespeare got it wrong. A Doe’s by any other name probably wouldn’t be as big of a deal. The restaurant did a very low profile opening last week but the fact that it was half full anyway is testament to the name of the steak and tamales restaurant that dates to 1941 in Greenville. No advertising beyond the sign ...

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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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