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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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New restaurant ‘barrels’ into Fondren

Barrelhouse owners hope to provide economically sound business with character to community By ALEX JACKS In the heart of Fondren, where art, entertainment and, most important, fine dining take a front seat, sits the newest hub that combines all three characteristics. Barrelhouse, named for its exposed barrel rolled ceiling and prominent Cajun cuisine roots, recently opened on the Fondren strip. ...

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Vets team up to bring new pizza concept to Mississippi

Business partners Dee Broadwater and John Henry come from similar professional backgrounds. Both served in the military and then as defense contractors overseas. As college students, they both “did their time” working in restaurants. Now the two are getting into the restaurant business by introducing the Your Pie pizza franchise in the Jackson area. More locations are planned in other ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Mississippi

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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Coast Roast perking despite two hard blows

By LISA MONTI Shawn and Lynn Montella started their Coast Roast coffee business 16 years as a modest venture centered on Shawn’s interest in roasting coffee beans. “We never had big plans, we were just doing it on the fly, adjusting as we went,” Shawn Montella said. “It just grew on its own.” Grew it did. In spite of the ...

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Food group honors Walters

Lurleen M. Walters, an assistant professor and agricultural economist at Mississippi State University, recently was presented the Patrick J. Byrne Emerging Leadership Award by the Food Distribution Research Society for contributions to the national organization. Walters joined MSU in 2013 after earning a doctorate in food and resource economics from the University of Florida and working as an assistant professor ...

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Cantina Laredo to open in District at Eastover

FROM MBJ STAFF Consolidated Restaurant Operations, Inc. plans to open a Cantina Laredo restaurant in the District at Eastover in Jackson in the summer. Cantina Laredo, featuring modern Mexican cuisine — from the signature Casa’Rita made with fresh squeezed limes, to “top shelf” guacamole, prepared tableside, fresh fish paired with distinctive salsas and sizzling Mexican Apple Pie served on a ...

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New steakhouses heading to Coast

By LISA MONTI In the heart of the seafood loving Mississippi Coast, where menus tend to be top- heavy with shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish dishes, a couple of new restaurants are specializing in sizzling steaks served with traditional sides and top brands of wine and liquor. In Pass Christian, restaurateur Thomas Genin has opened a small steakhouse on the ...

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