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Browning on Business: New restaurants open in Columbus, Starkville


William Browning

William Browning



William Browning



A new sandwich place opened Monday in Columbus. 


Cindy's Deli is in the spot that once housed Three Monkeys Pizza at 910 Tuscaloosa Rd. Cindy Lynch is the owner, and her sister, Deborah Johnston, is the manager. 


The deli bakes its own bread, cuts its meat and makes salads when you order them. It's been open less than a week but Johnston said these items have proven popular: meatball sandwich ($5.59 combo), Philly steak ($7.19 combo) and taco salad ($7.99). 


The deli, which features a small dining area, is opened 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Beginning next week, Johnston said, the deli will make home deliveries on orders of $20 or more.. 


A new restaurant opened in Starkville on March 25. It's called Commodore Bob's Yacht Club, at 102 Rue du Grand Fromage, Suite D. The owner is Dan Camp and the head chef is Caleb Nabors. The restaurant's goal is "uniqueness and intimacy." 


The menu features dishes like fresh baked gallettes ($12), lemon garlic cod ($15), lobster and lump crab macaroni and cheese ($18) and Bob's burger, which according to the menu is a mix of turkey and pork meat ($10).  


Commodore Bob's Yacht Club is open 4:30 p.m. to midnight on Tuesdays, and from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Wednesdays through Saturday, although the kitchen closes at 9:30 p.m. 


Let's go back to Columbus. A Barnhill's Buffet was once located near the intersection of 18th Avenue North and Seventh Street. The buffet has been closed a while. There was talk last year about a Cracker Barrel restaurant moving in but those plans never came to fruition. In July, Allen Jones, a local businessman, bought the location. He has no plans of his own at the location but has listened to a few offers since last summer. Nothing thusfar has worked out. It is still on the market. 


The building itself is about 9,000 square feet. There are 105 parking spots on a paved parking lot. The entire lot is 1.9 acres. 


For what it's worth, Jones said the location is perfect. He and his wife held a rummage sale in the parking lot a few months ago. The amount of traffic that came through was "unbelievable," he said. 


All Decked Out, an Amory-based, family-owned business that focuses on outdoor furniture, opened a Columbus location today on Highway 45 North. They sell 37 different types of furniture -- adirondack chairs, umbrellas, outdoor furniture, hammocks, cushions and outdoor kitchens -- and also do custom orders, said owner Merri Sanderson. Everything is hand-made out of cypress wood in Mississippi. 


Sanderson said the plan is to open several retail locations in the coming year, included stores in Tupelo, Pickwick, Gulfshores, Ala., and Florence, Ala. 


All Decked Out opened in Amory nearly five years ago. The Columbus location, which is located between Dollar General and Leo's Luxury Limos, is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. 


A Hobby Lobby is still set to open in Columbus this fall. The crafts and home decor store will occupy a 59,000 square foot space once occupied by Sears at Leigh Mall on Highway 45 North. 


The Golden Triangle location -- which will be the seventh Hobby Lobby in Mississippi -- will employ between 35 and 50 people, Hobby Lobby officials said last week. Full-time positions will pay $14-an-hour and part-time positions will pay $9.50-an-hour. Go to to apply. 


There are 556 Hobby Lobbys in the U.S. 


Also hiring, according to a sign at it's yet-to-be finished location, is Starbucks in Starkville. The coffee shop is located on Highway 12 near the Mississippi State University campus.


William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.



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