Cafe on Main is reopening Thursday under new ownership.
Lucy York has been renovating the space at the corner of Fifth and Main for a week.
York, a six-year employee of the cafe, took ownership from Marisa Pyle, who took over the business in 2021 after her husband, Jeff Pyle, passed away.
“I started as a waitress here in 2017 and have been managing for the past two years,” York said. “… We have talked about it for about the last year but we had a lot of debt from COVID that we wanted to pay off before the transition happened.”
Past owners include Peggy Strauss, who opened the business in 2005 and then sold it to Elliot and Shannon Dismukes in 2017. The Dismukes also gave up the business in 2020 and sold it to Jeff and Steve Pyle.
Since closing for renovation, York and her team have removed a wall to open up the main dining space and repainted. She said for anyone worrying, the menu won’t change one bit and it will be business as usual.
“It’s been tiring, but it’s been a long time coming,” she said.
If Southern cuisine just isn’t your thing, this might be.
In West Point, Cinco Hermanos Taco Shop opened Friday in the old Wing King building at 6984 Hwy. 45 Alt. N.
Owner Silvestre Jaimes Delgado told me he’s happy to be open and that the restaurant has been as busy as can be.
“This has been great,” he said. “It’s very exciting and we are very happy to be here.”
I had the chance to visit the new Mexican eatery, and I have to say the chicken burrito and green chili sauce tasted just like the old Mexican cafes back home in Texas.
Hours for the business are Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the dining room and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the drive-thru, except for Friday, when the drive-thru will close at midnight.
Moving to Starkville, a recently opened wine bar, L’uva Wine Room, located next to Dolce at 509 University Drive, is getting educational with its wine list starting June 13.
Owner Robbie Coblentz said the business, which opened in late January, will start offering a wine education class for customers to come enjoy the learning experience of wines from around the world, featuring lessons from sommelier Melanie Hankins Booth on how to identify where a wine comes from based on its flavor profiles.
Coblentz said a price for the event has not yet been set, but folks can look out for more information regarding the class on the restaurant’s website and social media pages.
Moving to Highway 12, Express Care Clinic, located at 606 Hwy. 12 W. in the old Cadence Bank branch building, opens Friday, owner Greg Gowen said.
Gowen said the company started working on the former bank in 2022 and has completed everything but the landscaping, which will be wrapped up before opening.
“Starkville is a great community,” Gowen said. “We’ve got a location in Oxford and Cleveland, so similar college towns. We’re just looking to serve this community. We found a great location and really liked the city of Starkville and the opportunity that it presents.”
Finally, my friends, Strange Brew Coffeehouse will close its location in the Midtown Starkville building at 401 University Drive at the end of June.
Shift Lead Paige Beasley said the owner, Shane Reed, decided not to renew the business’ five-year lease term at that location. An exact closing date has yet to be set.
Well, folks, that’s all I’ve got for now. Make sure to check back in next week for more goings on in business.
Dispatch reporter Grant McLaughlin writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send business tips to email@example.com.
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