Customers line up for Cook Out on 18th Avenue North Wednesday afternoon in Columbus. The fast food restaurant officially opened Tuesday, offering hamburgers, barbecue, fries and more. This is the Golden Triangle's second Cook Out location with the Starkville restaurant opening in 2016. Photo by: Mary Pollitz/Dispatch Staff
May 2, 2019 10:35:35 AM
Cook Out in Columbus is open and busy.
After nearly two years, the long-anticipated fast food restaurant opened its doors Tuesday at 503 18th Ave. N.
By Tuesday afternoon, cars were lining the parking lot with customers ready to order burgers, fries, shakes and more. This is the Golden Triangle's second Cook Out location with the Starkville site opening in 2016.
In July 2017, Cook Out purchased the old Immanuel Church and demolition began October 2018. The fast food chain, which started in North Carolina, has more than 200 franchises nationwide.
Cook Out's hours are 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturdays.
This weekend is Market Street Festival, so get ready to shop till you drop. The city's 24th annual downtown festival will showcase more than 225 arts and crafts vendors, food, live music and activities from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
After the Market Street Festival starts to dwindle down, Huck's Place, 121 Fifth St. S., will host a benefit for Zachary's.
Early Sunday morning, the downtown restaurant had a kitchen fire that badly damaged the restaurant, causing it to close until the damage can be restored. The benefit will be from 7 p.m.-midnight and the cover is $10. If you're still out and about Saturday night, head out to Huck's for a good cause supporting the local downtown staple, Zachary's.
Over on Highway 45, Lex Jackson, owner of Jackson Square Storage, has added an additional 104 climate controlled units behind the former Reed's location, 2013 Hwy. 45 N.
Jackson said interested customers can rent units online at https://jacksonsquarestorage.com/
Over in Starkville, The Home Store Furnishings opened its doors today. Located next the Umi on Highway 12, the furniture store will be open Monday through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Home Store Furnishings is a full-service furniture store that expanded from Starkville's Mattress Store and More, which was located in the former Blockbuster and closed April 24 in preparation of the store's expansion.
Josh Moorehead, the store's general manager, previously told The Dispatch the store will employ 10 to 15 people.
More good news for Oktibbeha County, C Spire announced in a press release the company is installing residential fiber services in more than 800 homes in areas surrounding Starkville.
"Residential Fiber is a game-changer and this revolutionary technology promises to boost home values, broaden entertainment opportunities, help expand the local economy and improve the quality of life for everyone in Oktibbeha County," Ashley Phillips, general manager of C Spire Home Services, said.
The fiber optic services will include gigabit speed internet access and customers will see higher internet speeds. The new fiber optic services will be along Poor House Road, South Montgomery, Atkinson Drive and South Ridge Road.
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