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New-style Krystal model debuts in south Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Krystal opened its first cafe that specialized in the tiny, square hamburgers during the Great Depression. The first customer in the original stand in Chattanooga in 1932 ordered six hamburgers and a cup of coffee for a total of 35 cents, according to the company. The company did not respond to a request for a breakdown on ...

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Matt Jones named food & beverage manager at Reunion Golf & Country Club

Matt Jones Matt Jones, a 16-year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been named Food & Beverage Manager at the new Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison. Jones joins Reunion after five years as General Manager with McAlister’s Deli in Hattiesburg, where he wore many hats, from Human Resources, budgeting, marketing and corporate management. Matt will be responsible for ...

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1 of South’s last Bonanza eateries to close, leaving 15 open

The second to last Bonanza Steakhouse restaurant left below the Mason-Dixon Line is closing its doors after 45 years. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Thursday that owner John Mason has confirmed his Tupelo, Mississippi, franchise is closing. Mason says the building occupied by the business is under contract to be sold to Dollar General Corp., which plans to build ...

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Shops, eatery thrown into the Renaissance mixture

By JACK WEATHERLY The mix, if not the churn, at Renaissance at Colony Park continues. The lifestyle shopping mall in Ridgeland is marking its 10th anniversary as new and newish tenants arrive and even an old tenant returns. Newish? The Aerie subsidiary of American Eagle Outfitters opened last month. AEO, of course, has been around for four decades as a ...

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STEAK WARS — Koestler Prime strikes first

An hour after the city of Ridgeland issued its last permit to the restaurant mid-afternoon last Thursday, Scott and Julie Koestler decided – what the heck – let’s open tonight. And so they did. Julie posted it on Facebook. But it was not like there was  a complete  surprise to the opening of Koestler Prime in Renaissance at Colony Park. ...

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