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Award-winning chef opening Italian Bistro in Old Town Bay St. Louis

By LISA MONTI Chef David Dickensauge is bringing upscale Italian fare to Old Town Bay St. Louis. Dickensauge and Lee Parrish are opening Corks & Cleaver Italian Bistro this month in the spot that was vacated by Old Cuevas Bistro after about a year. The two have partnered on the Italian restaurant through their newly formed restaurant group. The Parrish ...

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Mississippi seafood cookoff to be held Thursday

Twelve of the top chefs from across the state will compete Thursday, May 25, to be the king of Mississippi seafood. The eighth annual MS Seafood Cookoff will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. at CLIMB CDC, 1316 30th Ave. in Gulfport. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Each chef will present a signature dish featuring fresh, sustainable Mississippi Gulf seafood to a ...

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A FOCUS ON TOURISM: 5 boutique hotels we think you’ll like

A trend is growing among travelers for more intimate lodging with a bit of surprise By LYNN LOFTON Large hotels and chain lodgings sell consistency so travelers know what to expect. However, an increasing number of travelers prefer intimacy and an element of surprise which have fueled the popularity of boutique hotels. Generally defined as a small hotel with 10 ...

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Coast Roast perking despite two hard blows

By LISA MONTI Shawn and Lynn Montella started their Coast Roast coffee business 16 years as a modest venture centered on Shawn’s interest in roasting coffee beans. “We never had big plans, we were just doing it on the fly, adjusting as we went,” Shawn Montella said. “It just grew on its own.” Grew it did. In spite of the ...

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‘Life changing chicken’ coming soon to Mississippi

By LISA MONTI Construction will begin soon on the first of six restaurant locations for a franchise new to Mississippi that promises “life changing chicken.” Father and son franchisees Ricky Bagwell and David Bagwell will build the first Slim Chickens store in Ridgeland. Two more are planned in the Jackson area, two in the Hattiesburg area and one in Oxford. ...

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New steakhouses heading to Coast

By LISA MONTI In the heart of the seafood loving Mississippi Coast, where menus tend to be top- heavy with shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish dishes, a couple of new restaurants are specializing in sizzling steaks served with traditional sides and top brands of wine and liquor. In Pass Christian, restaurateur Thomas Genin has opened a small steakhouse on the ...

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Biloxi Brewing gets its own production facility

By LISA MONTI Mississippi’s newest craft beer maker is about to start production in its new facility, a converted warehouse on Bohn Street in Biloxi. Biloxi Brewing Co. has been contracting with Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., the oldest beer maker in the state, to make its products at the facility in Kiln. Production began in April 2015. Biloxi Brewing was founded ...

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