Business Moves with Mary: Two new restaurants open in Starkville


Mary Pollitz

Mary Pollitz



Mary Pollitz



Starkville is gearing up for its grand opening of Chicken Salad Chick, 602 Hwy 12 E., on Tuesday.


The inaugural Chicken Salad Chick guest will win a large "quick chick," once a week, for the next year. If you don't make it in time to be the first person to walk through the door at 10:30 a.m, guests two through 100 will also win one free large "quick chick" per month for the next year.


The chicken salad franchise, which first opened in Auburn, Alabama, offers a variety of southern-style fast food chicken salads made from scratch. The fast food restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and will be closed on Sundays. Eric Hallberg is opening the Chicken Salad Chick location in Starkville. Hallberg currently owns and runs The Breakfast Club at 105 Eckford Dr.



Hallberg said earlier this month, he combined the menu from Cappe's in the Park, 60 Technology Blvd., with The Breakfast Club and has since closed the Cappe's in the Park location permanently.


If you've been downtown recently, you may have noticed a new sign poised on the side of the historic Hotel Chester. A new restaurant, The Library, 101 N. Jackson St., opened inside the hotel earlier this month.


Hotel Chester owner, David Mollendor, said he refurbished a former reception room in the hotel to open a small "intimate" restaurant. Mollendor also operates and owns The Beer Garden, a seasonal outdoor restaurant open during warmer months that offers a large selection of beer. The Library offers spirits, steak, seafood, salads and appetizers.


"The emphasis is on wine and distilled spirits at The Library," Mollendor said. "Our idea is we do a few things and we do those things exceptionally well."


Check out the 1920s vibe and enjoy some distilled spirits Tuesday through Saturday 5-10 p.m.


Over in West Point, a new path to a healthy lifestyle has crept into downtown.


Carrie White, a wellness coach, opened Healthy Habits WP, 586 Commerce St., on Monday.


Healthy Habits employee, Heather Ross, said the business offers yoga classes, mediation rooms, movement rooms, counseling, life-coaching and more. The idea, Ross said, is to help people make healthier life decisions and choices in the community.


"It's an opportunity for people to get out of their houses," Ross said. "Everyone that has come in has been really excited. This is something West Point really needed."


Healthy Habits WP is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon.


Over in Columbus, Backyard Burger, 1913 Hwy. 45, closed its doors for the second time.


The burger joint closed originally in October 2016, but announced its reopening last January.


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