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Restaurants beating back the recession

The Mississippi restaurant industry has climbed back from the hit it took during the recent recession to show $3.2 billion in sales in the most recent fiscal year, up six percent from the previous year. Employment was up by 2.9 percent to a total of 80,835. “The rest of the story is that 80,835 figure puts us only back to ...

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Jackson businessmen plan pub for Fondren

Later this summer, Fondren’s newest locally owned business will open, and it will be something the neighborhood does not already have. Marty Clapton and his partners are opening a pub next to Cups coffee shop. Plans for Fondren Public, which Clapton hopes will serve as a gathering place for locals, were first formulated more than two years ago, shortly after ...

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(UPDATE) Lease flap threatens future of popular Hal & Mal's

A lost lease has created an uncertain future for Jackson entertainment institution Hal & Mal’s, a gathering place for Jacksonians for more than three decades. Owner Malcolm White said he wants the business to “stay and continue to be the cultural center of the redevelopment of downtown” but insisted: “We want our lease back.” White, who lost his brother and ...

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Amelot-Holmes, Conn opening new Anjou Restaurant

RIDGELAND — French native and longtime Jacksonian Anne Amelot-Holmes and David Conn, owner of Amerigo, Char and Sombra, are opening Anjou Restaurant, coming to The Township at Colony Park. Anjou will offer a casual yet classic bistro dining experience featuring foods of France. “I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was born,” Amelot-Holmes said. Her father, Christian Amelot, a ...

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Aldermen vote to amend orginance governing transient vendors

STARKVILLE — The city of Starkville will allow transient vendors to set up temporary facilities and sell goods on public property. The board of aldermen voted to amend a local ordinance governing the vendors. The change will gives vendors the ability to set up a stand in a public parking space and sell goods such as food and clothing. The ...

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Houses passes bill allowing alcohol sales in dry counties

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has passed a bill to let mid-sized municipalities in dry counties decide if they wish to allow sales of liquor by the glass at restaurants and hotels. Voters in municipalities with at least 5,000 people would be allowed petition for a vote on the issue. At least 20 percent of registered voters would have to ...

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Freeman, Luckett hold closing party for Madidi Restaurant

CLARKSDALE — Actor Morgan Freeman and business partner-lawyer Bill Luckett have ended their 10-year run as owners of Clarksdale’s Madidi Restaurant, an upscale establishment in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. In a statement on his Facebook page, Luckett, who also owns a blues club with Freeman, says: “Madidi Restaurant 2001-2012. Madidi was one of Mississippi’s premier dining establishments owned ...

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Mexican restaurants accused of hiring illegal immigrant workers

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court alleges the owner and managers of three Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County conspired to hire illegal immigrant workers and harbor them to avoid detection. The Sun Herald reports the complaint and the investigating agency have identified them as owner Jose Gutierrez and employees Vicente Jimenez Juan Barajas and ...

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MHRA launches program promoting locally grown produce

JACKSON — The Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association has unveiled a statewide initiative called “Eat Healthy Mississippi” that aims in helping Mississippi remove its status as the “fattest state in the nation.” “Eat Healthy Mississippi” is designed to promote locally grown produce in the preparation of dietitian-approved, Healthy Dining menu options at restaurants throughout Mississippi. All approved menu choices will ...

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State’s casinos want non-gamblers and families to visit, too

You don’t have to be a gambler to visit Mississippi casinos. With the state’s increasing emphasis on the tourism and hospitality industry, Mississippi’s gaming properties want non-gamblers and families to know they’re welcome to visit. Since the state’s legal gambling halls began opening in the early 1990s, the casinos have proclaimed they have something for everyone, and that message continues. ...

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