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Dealing with Devin: Old 82 reopening in downtown Columbus


Devin Edgar

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Old 82 Restaurant in downtown Columbus is reopening as Old 82 Restaurant and Steakhouse, Columbus Main Street Director Barbara Bigelow confirmed.  


In 2014, Chef Mark Eakes opened the restaurant that closed in 2016. 


Now city building inspector Kenny Wiegel said Terry McCool has applied for a business license to reopen the location at 400 Main St. McCool once owned Cold Creek restaurant. 


McCool plans to use menu items from the Front Door/Back Door restaurant that was once in the same building, as well as feature more steak and seafood items for dinner.  


McCool said he aims to open the restaurant early next week. 


Columbus developer Chris Chain owns the Old 82 building. 


In Starkville, a pet store is becoming more exotic. 


Chris Rego, the new owner of Black Fish Exotics on Highway 12, said some minor interior alterations that started at the beginning of the year and the recent winter weather impacted his shop's operating hours.  


Black Fish Exotics, which was the former Starkville Pet Store, will emphasize exotic animal sales. Rego said the shop previously had a saltwater fish room, a variety of snakes and lizards, and occasionally, cats and dogs. Now, the shop will feature more exotic reptiles and fish.  


The saltwater room is being revamped, a pond will be added outside the front entrance, and some other internal rearranging is near completion, Rego said.  


"Really our only 'rival' is in Tupelo," Rego said. "We want to be the best we can be in our market." 


Moving on, an eyebrow threading shop with locations in Columbus and Starkville have closed their doors due to some employment changes.  


On Fleek Eyebrow Threading, which opened in Starkville at 403 B Russell St. in August 2017, will still take clients only an appointment basis. The sister-store, Tiara Eyebrow Threading was located in Leigh Mall in Columbus. It will be closed for both walk-ins and appointments "until further notice." To make an appointment at the Starkville location, call 662-213-1037. 


Planet Fitness is now open in Leigh Mall in Columbus, and the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Starkville has also opened their doors.  


Greater Starkville Development Partnership CEO Scott Maynard said the opening of the new Walmart added more than 100 jobs to the area.




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