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US. Foods opens new, bigger facility after 2014 tornado

By Jack Weatherly For its 4,000 Mississippi and Louisiana restaurants and institutional customers, US. Foods has returned in a big way. Its 272,000-square-foot facility has opened in Flowood. But division President Gil Smith said the new center is deceptively larger than the old one in Pearl, which encompassed 200,000 square feet. The new facility is much taller, making it twice ...

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Amerigo alums making mark as independent restaurant group

By TED CARTER Call them the four Amerigos. A partnership formed at Amerigo years ago has led David Conn, Doug Hogrefe, Ben Brock and Paul Schramkowski to create a casual dining enterprise on track to reach sales of $30 million annually, pay off its debt and open two additional restaurants in the fall. They seek simplicity over complex market analyses, preferring ...

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Local restaurant group achieving success in a flat market

By TED CARTER Based on distress their independent counterparts nationally are enduring, the partners who own Amerigo,  Char and several other casual dining restaurants in metro Jackson as well as Memphis and Nashville should be looking around for lifeboats. Instead, the partners are seeing double-digit revenue growth and preparing to expand their restaurant holdings in Jackson and Nashville. They are doing ...

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Linda Orrison wins BBQ election

Linda Orrison, marketing director for The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs, has been  elected president of the National BBQ Association. “This is a vibrant organization filled with talented professionals doing great things in the industry,” said Orrison. “The NBBQA is where passion meets professionalism, and I’m proud to be part of the leadership team.” Among new members ...

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Newk’s Eatery gets national notice as fast-casual brand

Mississippi-based Newk’s Eatery has extended its regional reach to 13 states but is growing its national profile at the same time, having recently won recognition from FastCasual.com as among the industry’s most significant brands. The recognition came during the 2015 Fast Causal Top 100 gala at the National Restaurant Association’s 2015 show in Chicago. Newk’s cause marketing program, Newk’s Cares, ...

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Pork with a top prize — Shed BBQ wins Grand Championship in prestigious competition

By TED CARTER America’s best barbecue? If you’re in whole hog, look no farther than Ocean Springs, home of The Shed BBQ, whose pork perfectionists just laid claim to the Grand Championship of America title in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest – long acclaimed as the Super Bowl of competitive barbecuing. The Shed beat out 35 other ...

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