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Tupelo’s Woody’s restaurant featured on “Restaurant: Impossible” again

By GINNA PARSONS / Daily Journal TUPELO • In December 2011, Robert Irvine and his staff from “Restaurant: Impossible” spent two days and $10,000 revamping Woody’s restaurant in Tupelo. Chef Irvine changed the decor, the menu, the layout of the kitchen and the management structure. The episode aired on the Food Network the following March. This past October, Irvine was back ...

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Sweetie Pie’s evicted for nonpayment of rent, other issues

By JACK WEATHERLY Sweetie Pie’s is looking for another place to operate its soul-food restaurant in Jackson. The St. Louis-based business that was built on the success of its reality series on the Oprah Winfrey Network found itself dealing with the unpleasant reality of an eviction on Saturday. Capital Tower LLC of Beverly Hills, Calif., owner of the Plaza Building ...

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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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ELLIOTT FLAGGS — Looking for wine? Let’s give Mississippi convenience and choices

Did you know that 38 states currently allow the sale of wine in grocery stores? Unfortunately, Mississippi is not one of them because our alcohol laws are undoubtedly antiquated. As the newly appointed chair of Looking for Wine?, a coalition of consumers and businesses building support for the passage of legislation to allow wine sales in grocery stores in currently ...

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Mississippi: Veggie burgers must be clearly labeled

Mississippi is considering new rules that let companies continue to use food-labeling terms such as “veggie burger” and “vegan bacon,” as long as the terms are prominently displayed so consumers understand the products are not meat. The state agriculture department on Thursday proposed new regulations for plant-based products that are sold as alternatives to meat. The regulations came in response ...

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Sweetie Pie’s reopens after one-week shutdown

By JACK WEATHERLY Sweetie Pie’s restaurant in downtown Jackson has reopened after a one-week shutdown. Tim Norman, an officer in the soul-food chain, said in a telephone interview Tuesday that the restaurant will be serving only lunches for the time being. The large commercial smoker is no longer parked in front of the restaurant at 120 S. Congress St. It ...

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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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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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Defenders of vegan bacon sue Mississippi over labeling law

A federal lawsuit says Mississippi is violating free-speech rights by banning makers of plant-based foods from using terms such as “meatless meatballs” and “vegan bacon.” The lawsuit against Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant and the state’s Republican agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, was filed Monday by the Plant Based Foods Association and the Illinois-based Upton’s Naturals Co. , which makes vegan ...

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