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ALAN TURNER — Stuart Whitaker: In the swing of things

A few years back, Stuart Whitaker was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and has never recovered. After growing up in Garland, Texas, and graduating from Baylor, “I married a Mississippi girl, and here I am,” he said in a recent conversation. Stuart built a successful career in technology, working for a variety of tech companies and finally working for Mossy Oak ...

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Cantina Laredo opens in District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cantina Laredo, a full-service, upscale Mexican restaurant, opened this week at the District at Eastover in Jackson. Serving food inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City, the 7,776-square-foot restaurant seats more than 250 and includes a cooled patio overlooking green space and fountains. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., ...

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Kajdan to be top chef at Westin Jackson hotel

By JACK WEATHERLY Matthew Kajdan will bring his culinary skills honed in top restaurants in the Jackson area and elsewhere to Estelle, the wine bar and bistro at the Westin hotel. He has been executive chef for five years at the Parlor Market at 115 West Capitol in downtown, within blocks of the 203-guest-room hotel at 315 Tombigbee St., which ...

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Saint Leo of Oxford ‘on fire’

Restaurant nominated for James Beard Award less than a year after opening By ALEX JACKS Emily Blount combined her love for the big city and small-town life when she established Saint Leo of Oxford less than a year ago. Blount opened her wood-fired Italian restaurant after settling in Oxford. Never did she believe her vision would influence so many people ...

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New restaurant ‘barrels’ into Fondren

Barrelhouse owners hope to provide economically sound business with character to community By ALEX JACKS In the heart of Fondren, where art, entertainment and, most important, fine dining take a front seat, sits the newest hub that combines all three characteristics. Barrelhouse, named for its exposed barrel rolled ceiling and prominent Cajun cuisine roots, recently opened on the Fondren strip. ...

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Doe’s replicating its steak and tamales formula

By JACK WEATHERLY  Doe’s Eat Place made a name for itself by keeping it simple. And in this 75th year for the Greenville steaks and tamales eatery, it continues to prove that an original can be replicated. Two franchises will be opened in metro Jackson, making 10 thus far in four states, according to Charles Signa, president of Doe’s Inc. ...

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