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Three new restaurants open on Coast

A trio of new restaurants earned the Mississippi State Department of Health’s approval to open recently. Frappe Fruit at 11382 Three Rivers Road in Gulfport offers a variety of Island Oasis Smoothies in flavors such as banana nut bread, peanut butter cookie, apple pie and peach mango. Carla Smith is the owner. Port in a Storm at 234 Davis Ave. ...

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NEWK'S TURNS 10 YEARS OLD — Restaurant takes fast-casual to next level

In June 2006, Chris Newcomb surveyed his newest Newk’s restaurant location in Flowood. The eatery that began in Oxford had come out of the gates running in 2004, and Newcomb made it clear that his mission was to see more Newk’s in more locales. When asked that day what his future plans were for the then-new fast-casual restaurant, Newcomb told ...

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Young Mississippi restaurateurs carving careers

If you ask to see the owner at certain Coast restaurants, you may be surprised to find that four of them are in their early 20s. Consider Jourdan Nicaud. He opened his third restaurant this month at the age of 24. Brandon Atwell, Frankie Penn and Thomas Young are buddies from high school and they share ownership of Murky Waters ...

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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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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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Inspectors help keep eateries safe

Next time you enjoy a meal in a restaurant, don’t just compliment the chef. You might also want to thank the county Health Department inspector who pokes around in the kitchen to make sure diners stay safe from nasty food borne illness. John Luke, director of food protection with the state Department of Health, estimates there are about 90 employees ...

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Back Yard Burgers founder went from grill to boardroom

When incoming Back Yard Burgers CEO Dave McDougall said he wanted to take the burger chain from bankruptcy back to the basics, he meant it. The company’s original founder Lattimore “Lattie” Michael had dinner with the newly minted executive recently and says McDougall wants to focus on the quality of the fast food restaurant’s products all the way down to ...

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Iron Horse at starting gate for new run as eater-live music venue

Nothing gives new life to an old horse like a $6-million deal coming together. Joseph Simpson and his partners are witnessing the first turning of dirt at the 320 West Pearl Street home of the long-abandoned Iron Horse Grill, capping a lengthy effort to bring the fire-damaged structure back to life as a downtown destination for dining, musical entertainment and ...

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McAlister's announces sales growth

The sweet tea, sandwiches and spuds really are that good. McAlister’s Deli announced today its ninth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth, according to a company statement. Third-quarter same-store sales at company-owned restaurants were up 6.9 percent and franchise restaurants were up 7 percent. According to a McAlister’s  spokeswoman, the growth is attributed to, “the restaurant chain’s commitment to ...

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