Chef Alex Eaton of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen
JACKSON, Miss. - Aplos Restaurant, a new fast fine dining concept offering gyros, salads and pizzas, is coming to the northeast corner of Highland Village’s newly renovated courtyard. The restaurant is the brainchild of Alex Eaton, Chef and Owner of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen at 1200 State Street in the Belhaven neighborhood near downtown Jackson.
Since opening in 2013, The Manship has evolved into an award winning fine dining hot spot offering seasonal southern meals with a Mediterranean twist. Aplos will offer a twist on traditional Greek dining by infusing Lebanese and Italian influences. Eaton called on experiences from a host of trips to major cities in the U.S and around the world to create the Aplos menu, which will include Rotisserie style chicken, lamb, pork shoulder and falafel gyros, salads and pizzas. Aplos will also offer a mixture of Middle Eastern, Greek and Italian appetizers and side dishes, and frozen Greek yogurt with assorted toppings for dessert.
Aplos will offer a full bar with four signature cocktails, including a Prosecco Fizz, which is a glass of Prosecco with a popsicle (courtesy of Highland Village neighbor Deep South Pops) dipped in it. A selection of Italian red and white wines and up to 15 different beers will also be available.
Eaton said Highland Village is a perfect location for the new restaurant for a number of reasons, but his proximity to the center’s newly renovated courtyard sealed the deal. “The opportunity to be in an iconic retail venue like Highland Village and adjacent to its beautiful, spacious courtyard was just too good to pass up,” he said. “Our covered patio will be the perfect setting for family dining, date night or just relaxing with friends over a delicious meal and a nice glass of wine.” Eaton said the prospective dine-in and take-out “lunch crowd” comprised of the 500+ on-site employees working at the center each day was also a unique benefit that made his decision an easy one.
“Aplos is precisely the caliber of restaurant tenant we want on our roster – proven culinary professionals with a strong local following, who know what it takes to be successful and are driven to make it happen,” said Masa Liles, general manager at Highland Village. “For Highland Village, this is another illustration of our commitment to providing an experience like no other to our customers.” Liles said three additional retail concepts will open at the center before the end of summer: popular jewelry brand Kendra Scott, clothing and lifestyle retailer Lily Rain, and The Nail Lounge, an upscale nail treatment and personal grooming boutique.
Aplos’ hours of operation will be daily beginning at 11 a.m.
ABOUT HIGHLAND VILLAGE:
Located on I-55 and Northside Drive in Jackson, Highland Village is one of Mississippi’s most prestigious landmark retail destinations. The outdoor, 223,000-square‐foot property offers an unparalleled shopping experience with the region’s widest selection of local, regional and national specialty boutiques and an array of local and regional culinary options. Throughout its four decade history, Highland Village has been known for its high quality selection offering outstanding customer service. That reputation continued in early 2014 as the first Whole Foods in the state opened. For more information please visit www.highlandvillagems.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.