We’ve got another restaurant coming to Columbus.
The former La Fiesta building on Highway 45 is being renovated and preparing for a new Mexican restaurant.
According to Building Official Kenneth Wiegel the building has undergone mostly cosmetic changes, such as painting and flooring.
The Secretary of State’s Office has Jalisco Mexican Grill LLC listed as the business to occupy the building at 1921 Hwy. 45 N. The manager listed online, Arturo Cabrera, could not be reached by The Dispatch before press time today.
Wiegel said the city has not inspected the building but keep an eye out, folks, for the new eatery coming your way.
Speaking of eateries, Firehouse Subs is preparing for its June opening in Columbus. The sandwich shop at 1914 Hwy. 45 N., near Starbucks, will operate at 50 percent capacity and offer take-out and third party delivery upon opening.
Once open the Columbus location will offer, for a limited time, the Firehouse Subs Family Meal Deal. The meal is a mix and match of three sandwich classics (Italian, Hook & Ladder and Meatball) and three bags of chips for $24.
Moving to Starkville, there’s a new place to stay, rent and have fun.
For 35 years, Robin Husbands has dreamed of owning her own bed and breakfast. With the help of her husband, Vern Wunsch, that dream is coming alive in the city of their alma mater.
Properties at 4300, located on South Montgomery near Poor House Road, has opened for reservations. Husbands said she opened later than expected due to COVID-19 but has already booked her first wedding and graduation party.
Sitting on about five acres, Properties at 4300 offers venue space, the Magnolia Tree Bed and Breakfast and The Pool House.
Magnolia Tree offers a king and Jack and Jill suite, while The Pool House can be rented entirely for graduation parties, staycations, weddings and more.
Husbands purchased the property in November and decided to move from Tennessee back to Bulldog Country. She said Starkville simply felt like home and she wanted to create a unique space for travelers and MSU fans alike.
“I’m so excited for the possibilities with this place,” Husbands said. “Starkville gives you both the small town feel with a college vibe, and we love living in a college town.”
If you’re interested in reservations, check out propertiesat4300.com or call Husbands at 601-287-2379.
Also in Starkville, a new gym has opened at 329 Hwy. 12, at Middleton Court. Thomas Berkery, owner of The Gym, said the soft opening started this week.
“We’re just trying to get a footprint out there,” Berkery said. “We’re letting people walk around and see the facilities.”
Gym members will have 24/7 access with room and space for fitness friends to work out without. Berkery, a teacher and coach at Starkville Academy, was a former member of the Snap Fitness gym that closed shop in December. With his former gym closing, Berkery said he wanted to give others the opportunity to exercise at a gym without feeling “crowded or judged.”
“I just wanted to open a hometown, local gym,” Berkery said. “We’re trying to get that good atmosphere of family and friends working out and staying fit together.”
For now, Berkery said staffed hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 3-8 p.m. If you’re looking to stay fit or want to join a gym to work off those quarantine-pounds, check out the new gym in town.
Moving from working out, to eating out (which is exactly how I justify my eating habits).
Area restaurants are starting to open their dining rooms and kitchens for customers all across the Golden Triangle. Georgia Blue, which opened its Starkville location in early March, closed just two weeks later due to COVID-19.
As of Wednesday the blue plate, southern eatery is back open for business. Georgia Blue, 207 S. Jackson St., is open for dine-in at half capacity and curbside services. I’m sure it’s going to be a hot spot in down, so be sure to make reservations at Georgiablue.net.