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Mink’s on Tap

19 Jan

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There’s a new bar in town, inside Mink’s on The Park, the deli and sandwich shop located at 904 College Hill Road next door to Bikini Beer.

Open each night (except Sunday) until at least 10 p.m., often later, according to Mink’s co-owner Amy Donnelly, the bar offers many of the same craft beers you can find next door at Bikini Beer as well as six beers on tap, including Torpedo, Andygator and Magic Hat #9.

To find out more, call Mink’s at 662-259-2263.

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The Shak Set to Reopen

22 Dec

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Fans of The Shak barbecue restaurant at 10 Thacker Road will be happy to hear that the restaurant is scheduled to reopen under new ownership on the weekend of January 11.

The original look and feel of the former restaurant will remain the same, but plans are in place to improve upon the existing menu.

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Lamar Lounge Expands Menu

15 Sep

After a few weeks of burgers only at the recently opened Lamar Lounge at 1309 N. Lamar, the menu has expanded to include items such as shrimp etouffee, beer-battered gulf shrimp, and a blackened chicken sandwich.

While the burger has been a favorite among many Lamar Lounge patrons, the additional offerings are sure to attract those looking for some variety.

Check out the full menu above or call 513-6197 for more information.

Local Wing Contest

15 Jul

Do you like hot wings enough to attempt an eating contest?

Frank & Marlee’s is now running a contest in which contestents are challenged to fully devour 12 hot wings in 15 minutes (the first two must be consumed within the first three minutes and contestants can’t drink anything during the challenge).

All winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a Frank & Marlee’s T-shirt, their photo on the Wall of Fame and challenge wings are free (those who fail to complete the challenge will be charged $10 for the wings).

A side note: Frank & Marlee’s has also started promoting its Taco Tuesdays with a choice of mahi mahi, fried shrimp, beef n’ cheese, and veggie tacos for $1.00 every Tuesday.

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Yocona Cravings Keeping You Up at Night?

15 May

There’s some exciting news for fans of Yocona River Inn/Yocona in Exile. While the restaurants may be closed, former owner Paige Osborn has been recruited for a new gig as executive chef/general manager at Doc’s Table at 14 S. Main Street in Water Valley, MS. You can find her serving up favorites such as steaks, catfish, and yes, even her infamous bread and butter.

Owned by two Oxford-based podiatrists, Craig Williams and Michael Whitmore, Doc’s Table opened at the end of last year. When the new restaurant began to struggle in April, the owners called in Paige to help them turn things around.

Check out the menus (there are three) and note the serving times for each; Doc’s offers different menus on different days and at different times. For more information, call the restaurant at 662-473-0279.

UPDATE 8/21/12: Doc’s Table has closed.

Sunday Sales Anniversary

13 May

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of select Sunday alcohol sales in Oxford. The Oxford Eagle recently ran an article summarizing how the Sundays have affected restaurant sales, crime and more. Check out the full article below.

Sunday Alcohol Sales Concludes First Year

BY Melanie Addington

Mother’s Day is here again, which means Oxford has reached the first anniversary of its law allowing Sunday alcohol sales on select holidays and game-day weekends.

During this first year, little has changed — except, possibly, a few more tax dollars in city coffers. While crime has not gone up, tax collections have. Sunday sales of alcohol may be one reason why the local food and beverage tax is up 14 percent this year. “We have not had any major law enforcement problems created by Sunday sales,” Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said this week. “It seems to be a calm crowd on Sundays.”

But Alderman-at-large John Morgan said Sunday sales may be playing a part in an increase in the food and beverage tax. “I don’t know if you can attribute it to Sunday sales, but it appears that we are up 14 percent year-to-date on the food and beverage tax,” Morgan said. “That’s a significant amount, if you ask me.”

Some places on the Square will remain closed this Sunday, such as City Grocery and Ajax, while others are planning specials for Mother’s Day, such as Roosters, which will be offering $6 martinis and staying open later than usual on a Sunday. “We normally close at 3:30, but we will stay open as late as they let us,” owner Scott Michael said.

Other restaurants which typically are open without alcohol sales on Sunday like the uptick in sales. Chili’s on West Jackson Avenue has enjoyed the extra sales days and noticed a positive impact. “Absolutely, it definitely has made an impact,” manager Jennifer Smith said. “We haven’t sold as much as you might think, though. I am not sure a lot of people are aware.”

Smith said Chili’s has 2-for-1 specials every day they can sell alcohol and this Sunday is no exception. Hours for alcohol sales Sunday are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The measure allowing Sunday alcohol sales was approved in 2011 by the Oxford Board of Aldermen and then the state approved the local measure. The law allows local restaurants to serve alcohol on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and home football weekends. Valentine’s Day is also a special exception when it falls on Sundays.

Additional info from follow-up article 5/14: Mayor Pat Patterson was against the Sunday alcohol sales, and while he admits it may have increased some tax revenue, he has no intention of increasing sales to all Sundays or increasing bar hours. “The board and I agreed on a compromise and I’m not in the least bit interested in changing it,” Patterson said. “I’m not in favor of extending alcohol sales on Sunday or extending bar sales under any circumstances.”

Locker Room Closes

21 Apr

After less than six months, it appears that Oxford’s Locker Room Sports Bar & Grill has closed. There has been no activity at the restaurant for more than a week and all phone numbers associated with the restaurant have been disconnected.

If anyone has any details about the closure, you’re invited to comment here or contact me at liz@eatingoxford.com.

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