Business Moves with Mary: Two Brothers Smoked Meats to expand in Cotton District


Mary Pollitz

Mary Pollitz



Mary Pollitz



Right now, Two Brothers Smoked Meats can seat about 35 customers at its restaurant on Rue Du Grand Fromage in Starkville's Cotton District.  


Restaurant owner Barton Dinkins expects to spend the high-end barbecue joint's fifth birthday in a new two-story building on University Drive.  


Currently under construction, Dinkins expects to move in by late fall, hosting nearly five times the customers with a 150-person capacity.  


"We're just at capacity most of the time," Dinkins said. "We want to serve more people and we want customers to not have to wait in line. We want them to know we have a space for them."  


The new building will also have an upstairs and downstairs bar, with outdoor seating and balcony space for customers. Dinkins added he would like to expand the menu once the move is complete. Before then, you can still enjoy the intimate vibe in the Cotton District Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 


In Columbus, Jones Restaurant, which opened under new ownership 2-1/2 years ago, 112 Fourth St. S., announced its closure on Facebook this week. The soul food restaurant will close its doors Saturday after years of serving mashed potatoes, fried chicken, catfish, rice and stewed okra.  


A Columbus barber, Anthony Stevenson, moved his barber shop, Blessed Hands, from Gardner Boulevard to 1816 Short Main St. earlier this month. Stevenson opened shop nearly 10 years ago and offers men and women hairstyles and cuts. Each day Stevenson offers daily specials Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 


Moving out to New Hope, shoppers can look forward to a new Dollar General. The company announced the current store at 60 Center St. will move to a new building at 1928 Lake Lowndes Road.  


The store should open by the end of summer this year. The 8,500 square-foot location will expand its products including frozen and refrigerated food, as well as fresh produce.  


"The product assortment will be a little bit different from a traditional store, but it will still maintain the look and feel of a traditional Dollar General location," public relations representative Mary Colbert said in an email.  


Colbert added, the employees at the Center Street location will transfer to the new Dollar General upon its completion.  


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