A Cracker Barrell spokesperson has denied rumors that the popular restaurant chain is coming to Columbus. This is in contrast to what an elected City of Columbus official has stated repeatedly.
“Cracker Barrell looks at many locations throughout the country,” said Cracker Barrel Media Contact Jeanne Luddington via phone Monday. “We have looked at Columbus before but we are not coming to Columbus. I don’t know how these rumors got started. Our realtor probably met with some representatives from Columbus but we have no plans to locate there. These deals are long and complicated. We have no plans to immediately build in Columbus.”
Of course they don’t have plans to immediately build — our source said they don’t plan to open until first quarter 2014.
The city official on Tuesday said the chain is coming to Columbus.
Next thing you know, Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Starbucks will say they aren’t coming to Columbus as well.
One month after discontinuing its daily weekday lunch buffet, an employee at Mi Hacienda said the restaurant has no plans to revive the buffet.
“We were losing too much money on the buffet and the waste was too much,” the employee said. “People were sharing the buffet and not paying for it. We couldn’t cut down on the waste.
Mi Hacienda is serving lunch specials and its full menu daily.
Another Columbus buffet has also shut its doors. Atlantic Buffet, located next to the Motel Six on Highway 45 North, has shut its doors. Atlantic Buffet was the last in a long line of failed buffets in the former Kettle restaurant building.
A grand opening was held last week for Jimmy John’s sandwich shop on Highway 45 North. Lines were outside the door as patrons waited patiently to purchase $1 promotional sandwiches.
A grand opening was held for Dirt Cheap Wednesday at its new location in the Town Square shopping center. The Hattiesburg-based store moved from its longtime location in East Columbus to a larger store in Town Square. Dirt Cheap will occupy the building that formerly housed Wall’s.
Ronnie Guyton, owner of Guyton Roofing, is closing his doors after more than three decades in business. Guyton is closing the business so he can spend more time with his family, including his wife Carla.0