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Here’s what restaurants opened in 2020 and will be opening in 2021

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Here’s a recap of which restaurants opened their doors in 2020 and some new restaurants people can look forward to in 2021.

Restaurants that opened in 2020



a man and a woman standing in a kitchen: Jordan and Paul Yamas, owners of The Hungry Goat in Flowood and Fondren, are expanding business.


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Jordan and Paul Yamas, owners of The Hungry Goat in Flowood and Fondren, are expanding business.

The Hungry Goat – Fondren

2939 Old Canton Road

Jordan and Paul Yamas, owners and chefs of The Hungry Goat in Flowood, opened a second location in Fondren in late January. The Hungry Goat in Fondren is carry-out only and serves Southern-inspired meals like poppyseed chicken and chipotle meatloaf.



a person standing in front of a store: Jessica Otto, center, owner of Roux, Taste of New Orleans, takes an order from Charles Waterloo, of Jackson, Miss., while at Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Roux is one of the metro Jackson food businesses that pushed ahead with opening during the pandemic.


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Jessica Otto, center, owner of Roux, Taste of New Orleans, takes an order from Charles Waterloo, of Jackson, Miss., while at Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Roux is one of the metro Jackson food businesses that pushed ahead with opening during the pandemic.

The Hungry Goat of Flowood: Opens its second location in Fondren

Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sunday

Kickin’ Crab Jackson 

6376 Ridgewood Court Drive

Kickin’ Crab Jackson, a seafood restaurant, opened in January before closing briefly because of the pandemic. The restaurant has since reopened and is serving Cajun favorites like gumbo and Po’ boys. 

Hours: Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.



a man sitting in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Executive Chef of Elvie's restaurant in Jackson, Hunter Evans (center), works with staff in final preparation for the opening weekend of Evan's first restaurant. The restaurant, named for Evan's grandmother, will feature cuisine influenced and inspired by traditional New Orleans dishes and dishes Evans favored growing-up. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.


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Executive Chef of Elvie’s restaurant in Jackson, Hunter Evans (center), works with staff in final preparation for the opening weekend of Evan’s first restaurant. The restaurant, named for Evan’s grandmother, will feature cuisine influenced and inspired by traditional New Orleans dishes and dishes Evans favored growing-up. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.

Elvie’s 

809 Manship Street

Serving the French side of New Orleans cuisine for a year now, Elvie’s opened its doors in February in Belhaven Town Center. 

In a Facebook post celebrating its one-year anniversary, Chef Hunter Evans and general manager Cody McCain said it was the “craziest, hardest, most rewarding year” for them.

Anyone thinking of stopping by can enjoy such meals like French omelettes and shrimp and grits from the morning menu to Duck Confit Cassoulet and steak frites from the evening menu. 

First Bite: Elvie’s brings the French side of New Orleans cuisine to Jackson

Hours: Tuesday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Yakiniku Grill – Flowood

275 Dogwood Boulevard

Yakiniku Grill, a Japanese barbecue restaurant, opened in February after being delayed due to construction, according to a Facebook post. The restaurant serves both Japanese and Korean barbecue dishes.

Hours: Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans

3100 Old Canton Road

PJ’s Coffee opened its first metro Jackson location and its 10th Mississippi location in Fondren on Feb. 26. The cafe franchise serves a variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee beverages, as well as breakfast pastries and tea.

Hours: Open everyday from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Another Broken Egg – Flowood

1720 Old Fannin Road

Another Broken Egg opened its second metro Jackson location in Flowood in February. The breakfast and brunch franchise serves pancakes, French toast and other egg breakfast classics.  

Hours: Monday – Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Native Coffee Co.

1800 N. State Street

Native Coffee Co. opened its doors on March 25. With careful consideration, the owners of the cafe wanted to fulfill their mission of “Quality Coffee to Quality People” even during the pandemic, according to a Facebook post.

Native Coffee Co. serves coffees, teas, hot chocolate, bottled beers, pastries and whole bean coffee. 

Hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Sunday



a store in a brick building: Jersey Mike's Subs is located in Madison at 1060 U.S. 51.


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Jersey Mike’s Subs is located in Madison at 1060 U.S. 51.

Jersey Mike’s Subs – Madison

1060 U.S. 51 Suite A-1, Madison

Jersey Mike’s Subs, a New Jersey-based sandwich shop, opened a location in Madison on March 15. Bret Dunnaway of Brandon brought the franchise to Madison with the plan to expand the sandwich shop to other locations in the metro Jackson area.

More locations: Brandon man brings Jersey Mike’s Subs to Madison, Starkville. More locations planned.

Hours: Monday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Krab Queenz

3188 W Northside Drive

Krab Queenz, a New Orleans-based restaurant, opened its first Jackson location in March. Owned by comedian and Instagram star Kwaylon Rodger, the restaurant sells Snow Crabs, seasonal crawfish, daiquiris and other seafood meals.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Closed Wednesday and Thursday, Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.



a plate of food and a bottle of wine on a table: Colony Bistro & Wine Bar offers cuisine from southern Europe that utilizes fresh, local ingredients and pairs well with wines by the bottle, the glass, the half glass and in interesting flights.


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Colony Bistro & Wine Bar offers cuisine from southern Europe that utilizes fresh, local ingredients and pairs well with wines by the bottle, the glass, the half glass and in interesting flights.

Colony Bistro & Wine Bar 

121 Colony Crossing Way Suite A, Madison

Scott Jackson knew he would eventually expand his business back in 2007 when he opened Colony Wine Market. Thirteen years later, Jackson accomplished his dream when he opened Colony Bistro & Wine Bar in Madison on March 16.

Colony Bistro & Wine Bar: Opening a culmination of 13-year dream for owner

The restaurant puts an emphasis on Mediterranean wines and Southern European cuisine, with guests finding tapas, signature cocktails and burgers listed on the menu.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dumbo’s on Duling

3100 N State St. Unit 102

Opened in June, Dumbo’s on Duling embodies a laid back, but refined vibe, according to the restaurant’s website. The restaurant serves fried chicken, catfish and other Southern classic favorites in Jackson’s Historic Fondren neighborhood.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



a person standing in front of a table: Owner of Green Bean, Kenya MomPremier


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Owner of Green Bean, Kenya MomPremier

Green Bean 

100 E Capitol St Suite 106

Opened in July, Green Bean coffee shop and juice bar serves cold pressed juices, coffee, tea, baked goods and soups. Jackson State graduate Kenya MomPremier said in a previous article she founded the cafe with the hope of creating “a sense of calmness” and providing healthy options for customers.

Hours: Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.



a garden in front of a brick building: Sal & Mookie's New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint in Madison is located in Colony Crossing shopping center.


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Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint in Madison is located in Colony Crossing shopping center.

Sal & Mookie’s in Madison

111 Colony Crossing Way Suite 130, Madison

Sal & Mookie’s in Madison opened Aug. 11 after a delay in renovations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant serves classic New York style pizzas, paninis, sandwiches, burgers and pastas.

‘It’s our passion’: Couple opens Sal & Mookies in Madison with 26 investors, hands-on help

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closed Mondays 



a man sitting at a table looking at a laptop: Maria Cabello, left, of Jackson, Miss., assists, Jim Hindman, right, of Austin, Texas, who stopped at Americana in Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., while passing through the Capitol city Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Americana opened Aug. 28, 2020, during the pandemic.


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Maria Cabello, left, of Jackson, Miss., assists, Jim Hindman, right, of Austin, Texas, who stopped at Americana in Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., while passing through the Capitol city Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Americana opened Aug. 28, 2020, during the pandemic.

Americana

Cultivation Food Hall, 1200 Eastover Drive

Serving a collection of Southern and American classics, Americana opened in Cultivation Food Hall on Aug. 28. Americana serves a variety of options with salads, sliders and other Southern recipes. The stall also has vegetarian and gluten-friendly options.

Hours: Monday – Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., bar closes 10 p.m.



a man cooking in a kitchen preparing food: Beunca Luckett, of Jackson, Miss., fills an order for a customer at Italian Fare in Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Italian Fare opened Aug. 28, 2020, during the pandemic.


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Beunca Luckett, of Jackson, Miss., fills an order for a customer at Italian Fare in Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Italian Fare opened Aug. 28, 2020, during the pandemic.

Italian Fare

Cultivation Food Hall, 1200 Eastover Drive

Italian Fare also opened in Cultivation Food Hall on Aug. 28. Italian Fare brings a flavorful twist on Italian classics, according to the Cultivation Food Hall website. The stall serves pizzas, three different bruschettas and salads, along with vegetarian and gluten-friendly options.

Hours: Monday – Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.



a person cutting food on a table: Dria Lofton, of Ridgeland, fills an order at Stuffed Asian Street Food in Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Stuffed Asian Street Food is one of the metro Jackson food businesses that pushed ahead with opening during the pandemic.


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Dria Lofton, of Ridgeland, fills an order at Stuffed Asian Street Food in Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Stuffed Asian Street Food is one of the metro Jackson food businesses that pushed ahead with opening during the pandemic.

Stuffed Asian Street Food

Cultivation Food Hall, 1200 Eastover Drive

Poké Stop owner Rachel Phuong Le held the grand opening for her second food stall, Stuffed Asian Street Food, in Cultivation Food Hall on Sept. 20.

The stall serves a variety of Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese street food including Chinese egg rolls, steamed bao buns, Japanese dumplings, Vietnamese banh mi and Stuffed’s original whipped coffee.

Hours: Monday – Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p. m., Thursday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Roux Taste of New Orleans 

Cultivation Food Hall, 1200 Eastover Drive

Roux, which opened in Cultivation Food Hall on Oct. 20, brought the taste of New Orleans to Jackson. The stall serves Crawfish bread, gumbo, bread pudding, muffulettas and other New Orleans inspired dishes.

Hours: Monday – Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.



a sign above a store in a parking lot: Thailicious Restaurant, located at 3000 Old Canton in Jackson, Miss., opened in October and replaced Surin of Thailand. Thailicious is one of the metro Jackson food businesses that pushed ahead with opening during the pandemic.


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Thailicious Restaurant, located at 3000 Old Canton in Jackson, Miss., opened in October and replaced Surin of Thailand. Thailicious is one of the metro Jackson food businesses that pushed ahead with opening during the pandemic.

Thailicious Restaurant 

3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 105

Thailicious Restaurant opened in October and replaced Surin of Thailand, which had been closed since mid-March. The new Thai restaurant serves Thai fried rice, orange chicken and other Thai favorites, along with sushi. 

Hours: Monday – Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch, Monday – Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for dinner and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner.

Chicken Salad Chick – Madison

1917 Main Street Suite B, Madison

Ckicken Salad Chick, a Southern franchise specializing in chicken salad, opened a second metro Jackson location in Madison in October. The fast food chain serves a variety of chicken salads, subs, soups and sides.

Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Old Dogs New Tricks 

5315 Clinton Blvd

Opened on Oct. 29, Old Dogs New Tricks is a speciality hot dog shop that serves 20 different types of hotdogs and has over 50 toppings to choose from. Old Dogs New Tricks offers a lunch special of two regular hotdogs with three toppings, a bag of chips and a drink for $6. 

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Restaurants opening in 2021

Fertile Ground Beer Co.

Opening at Belhaven Town Center in 2021, the Fertile Ground Beer Co. will be a taproom-focused brewery. The brewery will partner with Mississippi farmers for locally-made beer and food, according to a Facebook post by The Fertile Ground Project.

Jake’s – Brandon 

Jake’s opened on Jan. 21 and is located next to Brandon City Hall at 900 Municipal Drive, according to a post on its Facebook page. The restaurant serves a mix of Cajun and Southern Americana recipes including Po’ boys, jambalaya, pastas and dishes straight from the grill.



a group of people posing for the camera: Lily Lape and Hayden Elliott enjoy the announcement of the Lily Pad Cafe location and building campaign.


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Lily Lape and Hayden Elliott enjoy the announcement of the Lily Pad Cafe location and building campaign.

Lily Pad Café 

A new cafe aimed at providing training and employment for individuals with disabilities, Lily Pad Cafe is setting up shop in Ridgeland at 1111 N. Wheatley St. Renovations of the new cafe are underway, but there is currently no opening date listed on its website.

City Limit’s Café 

Located inside the Mississippi Farmers Market at 929 High Street, City Limit’s Cafe held its grand opening on Jan. 13. The cafe features buffet style food and made-to-order options from the grill. It’s open Monday through Friday, serving breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 



a group of people standing around a table: On their third day of business, customers line up to place their orders at Kei Kebab in Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Kei Kebab is one of the metro Jackson food businesses that pushed ahead with opening during the pandemic.


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On their third day of business, customers line up to place their orders at Kei Kebab in Cultivation Hall in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. Kei Kebab is one of the metro Jackson food businesses that pushed ahead with opening during the pandemic.

Kei Kebab

Kei Kebab, a Persian restaurant, opened Feb. 1 at Cultivation Food Hall in The District at Eastover. The new restaurant offers kebabs, stews and family style dishes. The restaurant posted on it’s Facebook that customers can expect to have a “bountiful balance of healthy, satisfying portions.” 

Sonny’s BBQ – Clinton 

Sonny’s BBQ in Clinton will have a grand opening in late 2021 and be located on the corner of Hampstead Boulevard and Hampstead Place, according to a City of Clinton news release. This will be the second Sonny’s BBQ location in the metro Jackson area and will serve Southern style barbecue like pulled pork, St. Louis style ribs and brisket.

Did I miss something? Contact Gabriela Szymanowska with a news tip at [email protected], or on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Metro Jackson: Here’s what restaurants opened in 2020 and will be opening in 2021

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