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Convention centers across state throw open doors

The economy is shaky and casino business – a major player in tourism – is down. So, how are meetings and conventions – another important part of tourism – faring? Three of Mississippi’s most popular places for meetings and conventions – the Gulf Coast, Jackson and Natchez – say business is good. “Our convention and meeting business in Natchez has ...

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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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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: COMO STEAKHOUSE

Come into The Como Steakhouse for not just an exceptional meal, but a trip down history lane. The restaurant known for not just great steaks, but salmon, shrimp, catfish and chicken prepared on open charcoal pits, is located in a 135-year-old former mercantile store on land purchased for 50 cents an acre from local Native Americans in 1825. “I think ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: TICO’S STEAKHOUSE

In the past 20 years that Tico’s Steak House has been around, there has been a trend towards eating less red meat. But people still get that craving for a good steak, and Tico’s Steak House in Jackson serves them up with style and elegance. Tico Hoffman, owner of Tico’s Steak House, said a memorable steak starts with getting top ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: CRAWDAD’s

Start a conversation about good places to eat in the Mississippi Delta, and you’re eventually going to mention Crawdad’s. The landmark in Merigold opened in the early 1980s as a takeout crawfish place. “That place has morphed into one of the finest eating establishments in the Delta,” said Rep. David Norquist, D-Cleveland, who said he’s been going to Crawdad’s “as ...

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Best Steakhouses in Mississippi: SHAPLEY’S

For a quarter of a century, Shapley’s Restaurant in Ridgeland has been serving up steaks that keeps customers coming back time and again. “The reason for our longevity in the restaurant arena is the quality of the product we serve to choose,” said Scott Koestler, the owner of the restaurant since 1998. Koestler started working in the restaurant in 1992, ...

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Beer party!

Dinners pairing beer with food are a growing trend in Jackson and the rest of the country Move over wine snobs; beer drinkers are going upscale with a burgeoning number of craft breweries offering more variety. Dinners pairing beer with food dishes are showcasing the versatility and compatibility of beer.  In Jackson, these dinners began about three years ago at ...

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Excitement builds

Five buildings expected to open in November Five of the buildings on the new campus of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art on Highway 90 in Biloxi are becoming a reality and will open to the public Nov. 8.  Dedicated to George Ohr, the self-proclaimed “Mad Potter,” it will be America’s first museum devoted to a single potter. The new museum ...

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Schimmel's restaurant has closed

Schimmel’s, a fine dining restaurant at 2615 North State Street in Jackson’s Fondren district, has closed.The restaurant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2009, and continued to operate as it looked for a buyer. It was converted to Chapter for liquidation on Friday. Court records show the restaurant had between $1,000,000 and $10,000,000 in assets, and between $500,000 and ...

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