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Shops, restaurants at Renaissance try new ways to survive

By JACK WEATHERLY “Our usual advertising theme is ‘your dining and shopping destination.’” “Now we say: ‘We’re your curbside dining and shopping destination,’” Jan Mattiace jokingly said in an interview on Wednesday. But the corona virus epidemic’s disruption of commerce and just about everything else in the country and world, is no joke, Mattiace said. Many retailers across the nation ...

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UPDATE: Liquor store sales up during epidemic while demand puts ABC in bind

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of liquor stores are doing a booming business during the corona virus outbreak, causing delivery problems for some. The state Alcoholic Beverage Control agency, meantime, has taken steps to make things more efficient. The ABC started allowing curbside deliveries on March 16 and will extend it until April 30, with the possibility of stretching it ...

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Virus forces restaurants to tighten up or close across Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY Restaurants across Mississippi are either running abbreviated service to try to avoid closing because of the coronavirus pandemic – or have already closed. “Sales started plummeting early last week,” said Pat Fontaine, executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. The public’s fear of the contagion and statements and mandates by federal and local government have ...

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Newk’s creates new position, names first COO

Newk’s Eatery has named Joe Pate as chief operations officer, a new position that was created to expand the company’s operations team for continued growth. Pate comes to Newk’s with 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry, serving more than 20 years with Dallas-based la Madeline French Bakery and Cafe, most recently as vice president of operations, where he ...

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HUNTER ESTES — Poll shows Mississippians overwhelmingly want alcohol freedom

A recently published survery showcase overwhelmingly strong support for allowing wine to be sold in grocery stores across the state of Mississippi. The Looking For Wine coalition, in conjunction with Spry Strategies conducted the poll which found that 75 percent of Mississippians support the policy change. The survey comes as further testament that Mississippians are in favor of increasing alcohol freedom in ...

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Jack’s restaurant submits plans for Fulton location

By ADAM ARMOUR / Itawamba County Times Fulton is getting a Jack’s. Again. The Alabama-based restaurant chain, which has been increasing its presence in Northeast Mississippi in recent months, has submitted engineering plans to the city’s building inspector, Shae Collum, for approval by the city’s board of aldermen. The plans required the Fulton Board of Aldermen to grant a variance ...

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Mississippi-owned honey biz creating quite the buzz

By LISA MONTI Joshua Reeves started on the path to beekeeping about 10 years ago in Ohio, where he and his wife bought a two-acre “hobby farm.” That’s a farm with chickens and such, “but not enough to make a living off of,” Reeves said. The Lucedale native, who has a business management degree, was making an actual living as ...

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Elvie’s keeps it simple and elegant

By JACK WEATHERLY There’s a good reason why Cody McCain says: “Everybody is kind of in our living room.” That’s because Elvie’s, which opened on Tuesday, is built in the bungalow style, he said. Or rebuilt. The original 1,850-square-foot house at 809 Manship St. in what is now the expanding Belhaven Town Center had been vacant for a decade and ...

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Belhaven Town Center making strides to maturity

By JACK WEATHERLY Developers see it as the new main street for Belhaven. Belhaven is known for its stylish and historical residential neighborhood, including legendary writer Eudora Welty’s home, Belhaven University, Millsaps College and the New Stage Center. But four men with deep roots in Mississippi’s largest historic district agreed that Belhaven needed a “centering,” a street and common ground ...

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Sal & Mookie’s to open third restaurant

Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint will open a third location, this one in Colony Crossing in Madison at the corner of Highway 463 and Bozeman Road in the space that formerly housed Georgia Blue. Founded by Dan Blumenthal and Jeff Good in 2007 with the flagship restaurant located in the Fondren District of Jackson, Sal ...

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