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Lazy Magnolia updates production, packaging

By LISA MONTI Leslie and Mark Henderson, the founders of Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., are both engineers, so when it came time to update equipment at their Kiln, brewery, they devised a production line that would keep the craft beer tasting better longer. “It’s a huge big deal, both from the capacity standpoint and also the quality,” said Mark Henderson of ...

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Piccadillys in Jackson undergoing $1M upgrade

By JACK WEATHERLY  Piccadilly Cafeterias has gone through some hard times, and now as a more streamlined chain, it is re-invigorating its operations. It is investing $1 million in its two Jackson stores, for example, primarily the flagship property in Lefleur’s Gallery on the Interstate 55 North Frontage Road, along with the one in the Robinson Road Shopping Center in ...

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Char restaurant to expand by 50 percent

By JACK WEATHERLY Sometimes, a business solution is right out the back door. The owners of Char restaurant, the 4-Top Hospitality Group, seized the opportunity of leasing 3,000 square feet behind it in Highland Village. The expansion, which brings the total space under the Char roof to 9,300 square feet, will provide special events space. “We look forward to hosting ...

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Newk’s Eatery will open its 100th restaurant

Newk’s Eatery will open its 100th restaurant on Monday, halfway to its goal of 200 stores by the end of 2018. The Lake Charles, La., addition to the Jackson-based chain comes 12 years after its founding. It follows the founding in 1989 of McAlister’s Deli by Dr. Don Newcomb, an Oxford dentist, who sold McAlister’s in 1999. McAlister’s now has ...

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Newk’s Eatery named to QSR Magazine’s top franchise deals

QSR Magazine has named Newk’s Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, a top pick for franchisees looking for concepts that deliver a “mutually beneficial relationship.” Fast-growing Newk’s, with more than 80 locations throughout the South and Southeast, was one of 12 concepts recognized by the respected restaurant trade publication. QSR called Newk’s a “rising star,” with a ...

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Newk’s Eatery to expand in Louisiana and Texas

JACKSON — Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, has announced a new development agreement with New Orleans-based Southeast Restaurant Group, founded by Elie Khoury. The operator of franchise and independent restaurants plans to open 15 Newk’s locations throughout Southern Louisiana and in Houston. With the new agreement, Southeast Restaurant Group becomes Newk’s largest franchisee. SRG ...

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Casual dining is an economic indicator

How’s an area’s economy doing? Just check the traffic at casual dining restaurants such as Outback, Longhorn, Logan’s and Olive Garden. J&R Restaurant Group’s sales at its eight Mississippi and Tennessee Outback Steakhouses dropped along with the economy from 2007-2009. By 2010, with a degree of life returning to the economy and job insecurity lifting, people began treating themselves to ...

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Outback Steakhouse dream realized in Flowood

A victory at the polls in 2006 after a pair of defeats in Flowood liquor-by-the-drink referendums positioned Steven Grantham Jr. to carry out his late father’s plans for a second Outback Steakhouse in Metro Jackson. Flowood finally would get an Outback restaurant where diners could enjoy their favorite spirits along with thick cut grilled steaks and the acclaimed bloomin’ onion. ...

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