Soulshine Pizza Factory to Replace Varsity Grille

18 Nov

After just over a year in business and numerous attempts to woo customers (a complete menu overhaul, an expanded patio, lunch specials, wing/taco/crawfish nights, an attempted location in Tupelo, etc.) Varsity Grille is closing at the end of November.

Soulshine Pizza Factory, with locations in Jackson and Ridgeland, Mississippi, will be opening up an outpost in place of Varsity Grille and will bring some healthy competition to nearby Old Venice Pizza Company.

Opinions on the closing of Varsity Grille or the addition of another pizzeria? Post your comments here.

7 Responses to “Soulshine Pizza Factory to Replace Varsity Grille”

  1. olemissreb November 30, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    It wasn’t Mellow Mushroom, it was a copy called Bodega which is essentially what Soulshine is as well.

  2. bill November 24, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    I bet Mellow Mushroom is kicking themselves for not being the first stoner-pizza concept in Oxford…

    • Stephanie November 29, 2010 at 7:53 am #

      Mellow Mushroom was here and closed.

  3. Joey November 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Shanna, have you tried China Royal on University? Haven’t been there in a while but it’s head and shoulders above anything else in Oxford. Great wonton soup among other things.

  4. Bob November 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    I agree with Shanna – Varsity was as lackluster as it gets – it was even boring walking past the joint.  I thought the large smoking deck would carry it, as it did for it’s predecessor Pearl Street Pasta.  So this is kinda “Man-Bites-Dog, Stop the Presses!” News: “Restaurant Having Expansive Smoking Deck Closes on the Square”.  I didn’t think that was possible, as convenient smoking trumps all else.  Witness the successes of Rooster’s upstairs, Burgundy Room, CG-Bar, Proud Larry’s, the “Mexican Prison Yard” of The Library Bar, and HighPoint Coffee. 

    I also agree that Soulshine Pizza looks like more of the same “shovel-full of undercooked casserole pizza schlock”. No finesse or nuance whatsoever.  How boring, how trite, how unsatisfying.  

    Now, what is unusual about Soulshine Pizza is that their online menu has Music Links on it (lower right hand corner). Now that’s a first for Pizza!  Stop the Presses!  Groove to Widespread Panic as you decide how many Pineapples to put in your BBQ Aldredo Ranch Pizza latrine. 

  5. Shanna Flaschka November 18, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    To be honest, I never bothered to try Varsity Grille, since the concept was so been there/done that. I’m willing to give the pizzaria a try, even though a menu that loaded means it’s unlikely to be a real brick oven joint, which is what we really need. But then again, if we’re talking about needs, let’s get a real Chinese restaurant here!

    • Stephanie November 29, 2010 at 7:55 am #

      Oh…I miss Ruby Chinese!

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