July 19, 2018 10:51:25 AM
Breaux Bridge, a "Cajun-Asian" eatery located at 1207 Hwy 45, will open Aug. 1.
Billy Wang, owner of Umi in Columbus, will open the restaurant at the former Chili's location. The building is owned by local developer Mark Castleberry.
Hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday for lunch and 4:30-9 p.m. for dinner; Saturdays from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sundays from noon-9 p.m.
The restaurant's main concept will bring a literal "bag-of-food" to the table. First, customers will pick a type of seafood -- ranging from different types of crab legs, crawfish, shrimp and clams -- then choose one of their four sauces and their preferred level of spice. The dish will be served in a plastic bag with boiled corn and potatoes, accompanied by a bib.
Although the menu has not been finalized, customers can expect Po'boys, gumbo, jambalaya and more. The restaurant will also serve Umi's famous fried rice with either shrimp or crawfish added.
Moving into downtown, A Southern Gathering, located at 409 Main St., will host its grand opening on Saturday.
Kelly Kalinowski decided to open the antique and art vendor shop to give back to the community. A jewelry artist, Kalinowski said she previously had items for sale in various stores and wanted to give that same opportunity to other local artists. A Southern Gathering will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The store will have booths for local artists to sell their work while A Southern Gathering will collect 10 percent of all sales. Though she's seeking more vendors, Kalinowski said she already has a few lined up to sell antique furniture, crates, farmhouse decorations, signs and paintings for opening day.
Also, Juva Juice in Columbus, 502 18th Ave. N., has changed owners. Ryan Munson, founder of the men's grooming store Munson and Brothers, purchased the location from Jeff Overstreet. Munson said he intends to add more snacks to the menu, create an exercise boot camp and even add an all-natural Popsicle for children. Munson also wants to try to "plug into the community" as much as possible, including future farmers' market booths.
Starkville is also gearing for another new restaurant in early August.
Slim Chickens, originally slated to open in April, rescheduled its opening day for the second week of August at the old Abner's location at 518 South Montgomery. The restaurant will offer both fried and grilled chicken tenders, salads, wraps and even chicken and waffles.
The Starkville Slim Chickens franchisee David Bagwell said the location ran into a few building code issues during renovations, thus pushing the opening date back a few months.
The first Slim Chickens opened in 2003 in Fayettville, Arkansas. Bagwell, a Mississippi State University graduate, brought the first Slim Chickens franchise to Mississippi with the Ridgeland location. Bagwell said he has seen how Starkville has grown since he attended college more than a decade ago, and he intends to offer MSU student and employee specials shortly after opening.
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