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What's Happening: Winter 2023

This article first appeared in the December 2023/January 2024 edition of eat. drink. MISSISSIPPI magazine.

What’s Happening around Mississippi this winter? Well, a lot, actually! Here are just a few of the restaurants and food businesses that are new or recent:

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Robert St. John Opening 3 Restaurants in Jackson 

The Hattiesburg restaurateur is planning to open three restaurants in the Jackson area. The Clarion Ledger reported Robert St. John is planning to open two Ed’s Burger Joints, but the locations have not been finalized. (St. John currently owns the Ed’s Burger Joint in Hattiesburg.) The third restaurant in the Jackson area would be El Rayo, a Tex Mex restaurant. St. John closed the El Rayo in Hattiesburg to take the strain off of the kitchen, which also prepares meals at Crescent City Grill. Stay tuned for opening dates for the new restaurants. 

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Buschman Street Café in Hattiesburg Hits the Spot 

Buschman Street Cafe is one of the newest restaurants to hit the downtown Hattiesburg scene. The eatery is located just steps from Train Depot in downtown Hattiesburg. A vintage vibe with a modern twist awaits you once you step inside. With a menu that encompasses everything from roasted chicken, to 14-ounce ribeyes, to osso bucco and lamb chops, to pan-seared scallops, dill-crusted salmon, and pan-crusted pompano, there’s something for everyone. A meal this fantastic deserves to end on a sweet note, so be sure to ask your server about dessert specials. Sunday brunch and a full bar are added perks! Visit for a full menu and follow them on Facebook. 

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West Point Filmmaker Michael Williams Opens Herbal Tea Business 

The Great Catsby Herb Cartel in West Point supplies quality and love-grown herbal teas, spices, and medicinal goods to aid in healing, growth, and overall balance. The seasonal herbs are hand grown and harvested in small batches in a small cottage garden containing veggies, flowering plants, and many rosemary bushes. Try Tooty Fruity Basil Tea, Cozy and Bold Immuni-Tea, Golden Shiso Allergy Relief Tea, Gouda Thyme Tea, Everything Basil Tea, Cali’s Anti Anxie-Tea, stevia leaf, Ripley’s Kickin’ Cayenne Seasoning, Ripley’s Mild Pepper Seasoning, Toasted Garlic and Herb Salt, and Sage Rosemary Seasoning Salt. Buy limited-edition teas and spices onsite in West Point or the medicinals online at

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New Pura Juice Bar and Smoothies in D’Iberville 

This summer, a new franchise of Pura Juice Bar opened on Popps Ferry Road in D’Iberville. Touted as a cleansing and refreshing drink, each smoothie is hand-made from fresh ingredients and designed to push toxins out of the body. Choose from classic combos such as Dr. Double K (spinach, red apple, pear, celery, lemon), Beet It (red apple, beet, celery, carrot, ginger) or Fi’s Fave (red apple, green apple, pineapple and pear) or create your own combination from a delicious array of choices: banana, strawberry, kiwi, blueberry,  watermelon, lime, orange, kale, cucumber, beet, mint, cayenne, tumeric, basil, cacao powder. For an additional charge, add special ingredientslike ginseng, whey protein, chia seeds, multivitamins, or probiotics. Available by the glass or in half gallon jars. Find them on Facebook: Pura Juice Bar and Smoothies - D’Iberville. 



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