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Good to the last drop: Coffee company provides funds for international, local missions

By DAVID PANNELL / Daily Journal FULTON • When he started My Brother’s Cup coffee company 10 years ago, Mike Pittman of Tupelo didn’t know beans about coffee. “I didn’t even drink coffee,” the 65-year-old Pittman said with a chuckle. “It was crazy; I didn’t have a clue.’ Now Pittman is a genuine java pro. He spends his days roasting, grinding, ...

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Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April

By LYNN LOFTON Occupying 5.8 acres in downtown Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium expects to open on April 30, 2020. All Mississippians can be proud of this new attraction that’s located on Highway 90 across from Jones Park and Gulfport Harbor. It will contain more than 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants representing all the physiographic ...

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Zea Rotisserie to open in Renaissance

By JACK WEATHERLY Zea Rotisserie and Bar will be the first retailer to open in the second phase of the Renaissance at Colony Park. The restaurant will open Nov. 20 and will be the 10th in the New Orleans-based chain and the first in Mississippi. As the name suggests, the eatery will feature rotisserie-cooked meats, along with grilled ribs and roasted ...

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‘Veggie’ burgers remain legal as new regulations take effect

New regulations went into effect today that will allow vegan and vegetarian companies to continue using meat product terms on their labels. In July, vegan food company Upton’s Naturals and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) filed a First Amendment lawsuit challenging a Mississippi law that would have banned plant-based food companies from using meat product terms like “burger,” “bacon,” ...

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TODD SMITH — Popeyes beefs up chicken sandwich relaunch

More than two months after Popeyes stopped serving its globally popular fried chicken sandwich, the fast food chain officially relaunched the sandwich last Sunday, Nov.3. In sizzlin’ PR fashion, it picked a special day – National Sandwich Day – to boost already high consumer expectations for the poultry sensation’s rebirth! While it was a fitting day to relaunch the long-awaited ...

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Health officials: Policy in place to now allow dogs on restaurant patios

On Friday a new Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) policy began, allowing restaurant patrons to dine with their pet dogs under certain conditions. Patterned after other states’, the policy outlines the requirements that food facilities and dog owners must meet in order to ensure that the health and safety of the public is not compromised. “MSDH wants to support ...

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Fresh food making healthful meals also delicious has fueled growth for Newk’s Eatery

By BECKY GILLETTE Newk’s Eatery was founded in Jackson in 2004 making it only 15 years old. Today it is grown from one location to one of the most successful food franchises based in Mississippi with 127 locations in 16 states. The fast-casual restaurant has gained so many fans by providing fresh meals that are as healthful as they are ...

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ALAN TURNER — NEWK’S, one of the great Mississippi success stories

Since its founding in 2004, Newk’s has rapidly grown into a Mississippi institution, expanding into more than 120 operations in 16 states throughout the Southeast and Gulf Coast regions. The company employs more than 845 people in its corporate-owned locations, and looks ahead to a bright future. Recently, I talked with Madison Newcomb, Marketing Coordinator for Newk’s and daughter of ...

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Plans revealed for $13 million retro-rehab in Fondren

By Jack Weatherly Mississippi restaurateur and author Robert St. John will bring his popular Hattiesburg restaurant, Ed’s Burger Joint, to the Fondren area as part of a $13 million entertainment project he is spearheading. St. John, along with his partners, will reopen the historic Capri Theatre with a state-of-the-art projection system, reclining seats, food service, and a full bar, providing ...

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Murky Waters is a clear success now operating in three South Mississippi locations

By BECKY GILLETTE Three guys who went to high school together, graduating from Long Beach High School in 2008, worked at restaurants from an early age. Now, the dynamic trio who are still not even 30 years old own and operate three Murky Waters Blues and BBQ restaurants, and were named Mississippi SBA Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2019. They ...

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