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Plaza owner: didn’t pull plug on ‘Sweetie Pie’s’; Estes had no role

By JACK WEATHERLY “Absolutely 100 percent false.” That was the response from the owner and manager of the Plaza Building to a statement by Tim Norman, who had just opened the latest restaurant in the “Sweetie Pie’s” chain – only to be told by building management that the crowd was creating a problem for those trying to enter the 12-story ...

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UPDATED: Sweetie Pie’s finally arrives, and is already gone

By JACK WEATHERLY Long time coming. Gone so soon? That is the story thus far in the saga of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant in Jackson. The soul-food eatery opened to a throng of people on Thursday. And it closed Friday morning. Why? Too much business is the stated reason. The chain started in St. Louis, expanded to Houston, flirted with Memphis ...

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Sixteen Mississippi restaurants get Wine Spectator awards

MBJ staff Sixteen Mississippi restaurants have received 2019 awards from Wine Spectator magazine. The respected journal has three levels of awards, in descending order, Grand Award, Best of Award of Excellence, and Award of Excellence. Three of the Mississippi restaurants received the Best Award of Excellence – CAET, which recently moved from Fondren to the Renaissance at Colony Park in ...

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Jack’s Family Restaurants opening two Tupelo locations

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Suddenly, Tupelo has hamburger joints opening everywhere. Steak ‘N Shake opened recently, and Checkers is scheduled to open soon. Bulldog Burger Co. also is opening this fall. Now another player is entering the picture. Jack’s Family Restaurants – also known as Jack’s Hamburgers, or simply Jack’s – will be opening two locations ...

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A time to shine — moonshine, that is

By GAVIN MALISKA / Greenwood Commonwealth Leflore County’s bootlegging history will play a role in a new museum exhibit highlighting prohibition, moonshine and illegal distilleries in Mississippi. A team from the state Department of Archives and History’s Two Mississippi Museums (the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, side-by-side along North Street in Jackson) visited the Museum ...

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Opening another door: Gina’s Place a new beginning for owner

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal GUNTOWN • After being laid off from a job she had for 32 years, Gina Buse was looking for something else to do. As it turns out, her long-held desire to open up a small eatery became a reality. Last Thursday, Buse opened Gina’s Place in Guntown, in a small strip plaza on Highway ...

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DENNIS SEID: Mississippi’s meat law meets new level of meat-headedness

Mississippi has a beef with purveyors of plant-based “meat” products, it seems. In a law that went into effect July 1, “A plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product.” According to supporters of the law, which includes the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, the law was passed in order to protect consumers from those meat-free products made ...

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Sophomore Spanish promises upper class cuisine

By JACK WEATHERLY The latest restaurant in the District at Eastover has a name that is a bit taco in cheek, you might say. It’s called the Sophomore Spanish Club. It will open next month and take the place of the Cantina Laredo, an upscale restaurant that closed Feb. 25. The eatery will have a self-effacing name, but owner Ray-Scott ...

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Mississippi city will vote on legalizing alcohol

Voters will soon decide whether alcohol sales will be allowed in Houston, Mississippi. WCBI-TV reports constituents will vote Tuesday on two points – whether to allow the sale of beer and light wine and whether to legalize the sale of liquor. Chickasaw County Development Foundation Director Sean Johnson started a group called “Houston Forward” and collected enough signatures to get ...

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Penn’s Fish House Restaurants founder Roger Penn dies

Roger Penn, the founder of Penn’s Fish House Restaurants, died Friday morning, according to the Clarion Ledger. Penn, 84, died at his Hinds County farm surrounded by his family, according to an Ott & Lee funeral home obituary. Restaurants bearing his name grew from one, opened in 1967 in Canton, to 14 in Mississippi. Penn started franchising through Penn’s Express Restaurants in 2001. Penn’s ...

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