We are nearing the end of 2020 (add huge sigh of relief), and 2021 is already looking better.
Starting in January, Properties at 4300 will host Sunday brunches in Starkville. The bed and breakfast opened in May at 4300 South Montgomery Road and is expanding in phases. Owner Robin Husbands said hosting Sunday brunch has always been the plan; however, 2020 has continually pushed those plans back.
“It’s going to be buffet-style,” Husbands said. “We’ve done things very incrementally and that was our business model. The property had sat vacant for three years. There were all kinds of repairs that needed to be done and remodeling. … COVID kind of backed us up for all of it. We decided to move forward (with brunch) since we are such an intimate restaurant, so we are able to control things a lot easier than if we were seating 150 people.”
The Sunday only brunch will start Jan. 10 with two time slots: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Brunch is by reservation only and includes complimentary Bloody Mary drinks, Mimosas and valet parking.
The brunch menu will rotate periodically with some dishes remaining week to week such as shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles and the prime rib carving station. Husbands also plans to include vegan, vegetarian and dairy-free breakfast options.
The next step for Properties at 4300 will be dinner plans. Hopefully by February, the bed and breakfast will have plated dinners two nights a week, also by reservation.
“We’re also working on packages for spending the night on Saturday night and staying and enjoying brunch,” Husbands said. “If it’s an anniversary weekend or if you get a sitter and get away for the night, we are getting those packages together.”
If you’re interested in reserving a Sunday brunch or checking out staying for a weekend staycation, call Husbands at 601-287-2379.
The restaurant news in Starkville just keeps coming.
El Veracruz officially opened on Wednesday. The Mexican restaurant is located at 1275 Stark Road, the former location of Beef ‘O’ Bradys and Blue 22 Soul Food.
El Veracruz is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. This is the restaurant’s fifth location, with two in Corinth, one in Tupelo and one in Booneville.
Be sure to welcome the new restaurant to Starkville!
Moving to Columbus, a business that’s stayed open for more than three decades on Main Street is closing.
Columbus Vacuum and Sewing Center, 1218 Main St., will close by this year’s end.
Alfred Harden, who runs the store with his son and owner James, said business has slowly declined in recent years.
“We prided ourselves with having high quality products and service here,” he said. “But, over the years, Amazon has pretty much done us in. When the virus hit, everything around us pretty much went down.”
Harden said the business first opened in Columbus in 1983, and he purchased it in 1985.
Merchandise is 20 to 40 percent off and he’s “selling to the bare walls.” Harden added he’s enjoyed his run in Columbus and is getting ready to retire. In fact, when he said everything is for sale that included the 3,000 square-foot building on Main Street.
“This is a good location,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of good improvements in Columbus but I’ve seen a lot of hurt in Columbus as far as businesses are concerned. But, I’m optimistic as far as this virus is concerned. Things will get better.”