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What's Happening - July 2023

Empanola Biloxi Opens on Popps Ferry Road

A sister location to the NOLA restaurant in Louisiana, these are Mexican empanadas with a New Orleans influence. Choose from vegetarian, plant-based meat, traditional meat based, and even breakfast empanadas. The staff is helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Wash your fresh pastry down with one of the many New Orleans coffee-based drinks. When you leave, take home a batch of empanadas to cook later! (The takeaway empanadas are pre-cooked to set the dough; you finish cooking at home with clear heating instructions for ovens or air fryers.) Although they don't have gluten-free empanadas yet, they are in the works.

Georgia Blue Coming Soon to Silo Square

Georgia Blue, a laid-back southern restaurant, will soon add its fifth location at Silo Square’s May Blvd. entrance along Getwell Road. Georgia Blue is currently located in Madison, Flowood, Starkville, and Brookhaven. From po-boys and shrimp & grits to bayou catfish or blue plate specials, Georgia Blue has something for everyone. Georgia Blue proudly distills and serves its own Georgia Blue bourbon, vodka, and tequila—just one more thing that makes us unique. Georgia Blue will feature an upstairs, outdoor dining area and often host live music for guest to enjoy.

Eggs Up Grill Headed to Meridian in Summer 2023

Eggs Up Grill, a rapidly growing breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, is coming soon. The menu offers seasonal items for dine-in, online and delivery. Menu categories include omelets and benedicts prepared with fresh, hand-cracked eggs, pancakes, waffles and breakfast sandwiches and a selection of mimosas. Lunch choices include juicy burgers, tasty sandwiches, melts, salads and bowls. The menu also offers gluten-friendly options and a kids’ menu. The full menu is available open to close. All locations are individually owned and operated by a local member of the community. To learn more, visit

Little Tokyo Moving into Old Barrelhouse Space on State Street in Jackson

With the closure of Barrelhouse in January – owners said the constant water issues on top of the pandemic forced the closure – the prime Fondren location is available for rent. Steven Huang, the owner of Little Tokyo, said right now, the plan is to open this summer. There’s a Little Tokyo location on County Line Road, and this one will be the second in the metro. “They don’t have a sushi restaurant in this area, any Asian restaurants, so it’s a pretty good opportunity for me to open an Asian restaurant in Fondren,” Huang said. “It’s a perfect location because they’ve got a lot of history.”

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