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Sugar Daddy: Tupelo couple takes on bakery business

By GINNA PARSONS / Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Rob and Leeann Lesley just keep growing their food empire. In 2001, he started Rob Lesley Catering, followed by Romie’s Grocery in 2005 and R.L. Foods, a cafeteria and vending service, in 2013. A year ago, they ventured into new territory: a bakery. “The manager at Romie’s kept coming to me and ...

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Cathead’s Old Soul bourbon makes a splash

By JACK WEATHERLY Cathead Vodka distillery is looking confidently to 2019 after the launch of its first bourbon, Old Soul. The Jackson distillery issued 500 nine-liter cases in mid-November in Mississippi only. Next summer, Cathead will produce 4,000 cases to be distributed across the South, according to co-founder Richard Patrick. Briarwood Wine and Spirit at 4949 Old Canton Road had ...

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Shrimp Basket to open Friday on County Line

By JACK WEATHERLY A Shrimp Basket restaurant will open Friday on County Line Road at Ridgewood Road. It will be the 30th restaurant in the Pensacola, Fla.-based casual dining chain that offers seafood seven days a week and a full bar. James Caldwell, the Ridgeland general manager, said the Shrimp Basket offers “good quality food served in a quick time ...

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Bloomberg announces Jackson to receive $1 million for public art project addressing nutrition and food equity

Philanthropist, public health advocate and former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg joined Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba to announce that the city has been named a Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner. Jackson will receive up to $1 million for its project, “Fertile Ground: Inspiring Dialogue About Food Access,” which aims to inform policy related to nutrition ...

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Sanderson ‘19th hole’ plays big for steak houses and economy

By JACK WEATHERLY After 18 holes of playing or following players, the question is: what’s next? The 19th hole for many after one of the rounds leading up to and including the Sanderson Farms Championship Tournament was a nice white-tablecloth steak house. Those in the vicinity of the Country Club of Jackson got a bump in revenue and golf tales. ...

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Vote on liquor and wine sales set in south Mississippi city

Voters in one south Mississippi city will decide this week whether they want wine and liquor to be sold along with beer. WDAM-TV reports Collins will hold a referendum on wine and liquor sales on Tuesday. Beer sales have been legal in the city limits for decades, although surrounding Covington County prohibits all alcohol sales. Collins City Clerk Suzette Davis ...

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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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