Krystal Coming to Oxford

krystal logoIt was just a rumor a couple of years ago. Now the Krystal rumor has been confirmed.

After getting a tip from Eating Oxford fan Jerrod Ham on Twitter, we traced the info back to Exxon on Highway 6 to confirm that the station got the OK on July 18 to add a Krystal burger restaurant to the gas station.

No completion date has been released as of yet, but you can follow the progress on the Oxford Exxon Twitter page here.



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Cellar Undergoes Remodel

cellarHave you been by the Cellar recently? For those wondering, it’s the lower-level bar of The Levee, which was, for a short time, called McCarthy’s Irish Pub, and then changed back to the Cellar.

Turns out the bar is currently undergoing a remodel, so we checked in with executive partner/co-founder/manager Seth Klein for the inside scoop. How long has The Cellar been open and why have you decided to remodel?

Seth: The bar itself has been around since 2007, but in early 2012 the decision was made to venture away from the Cellar theme and it was turned into McCarthy’s Irish Pub. After much deliberation, we decided that McCarthy’s was not a good fit and we wanted to bring the Cellar back due to the success it had previously. Therefore, we decided it would be best to give the bar a whole new look and feel instead of just changing the name. What changes will be made during the remodel?

Seth: The entire bar is undergoing a remodel. We are adding new flooring and seating as well as making multiple changes throughout, which will help bring the feel of an upscale martini lounge to the historic Oxford square. How long will the remodel take?

Seth: About one month. The remodel is scheduled for completion in early to mid-August 2014. Will The Levee be affected at all?

Seth: The Levee will not be affected. The Cellar is closed until the remodel is complete, but the Levee is open for business as usual. Will the menus at the Cellar change after the remodel?

Seth: Yes. The overall goal is to focus on great martinis and great cocktails. Our martini menu and specialty drink menu will offer a wide variety of new and exciting beverages to enjoy. We plan to use fresh juices and fruits as well for many of the drinks we are adding to our menu. We also have plans to add new beers, some of which will be catered to customers trying to live a little healthier. We also plan to add a bunch of great items to our food menu.


July 17-19: Oxford Blues Fest

blues fest flyerThe 5th Annual Oxford Blues Fest will incorporate Blues and BBQ, which is right up our alley! Organized by our friend Darryl Parker, the same person who’s been giving Oxford a Craft Beer Festival for the last couple of years, this time around, we’ll have even more music and more food!

Mark your calendars and check out the lineup…

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Meet ’N Greet with Jeff Jensen
VIP ticket holders for Thursday will get to taste an assortment of Blues Food, as referenced from various blues songs in the Museum.

Blues Concert 7-10:00 p.m.
paid admission
The Jeff Jensen Band

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
Blues Panels
free to the public
noon-1:00 P.M. Blues Visual Artist Panel
1:15-2:15 P.M. Blues Scholar Panel
2:30-3:30 P.M. Blues Musicians Panel

Blues Concerts
paid admission
4:10 P.M. National Anthem
4:15–5:15 P.M. Libby Rae Watson
5:30–6:30 P.M. Eric Hughes Band
7:45–8:45 P.M. Redd Velvet
9–10:00 P.M. Tas Cru

Blues and BBQ
paid admission
noon–12:45 P.M. 3 Hour Tour Featuring Effie Burt
1–1:45 P.M. The Zediker Boys
2–3:00 P.M. Silas Reed & Da Books
3:15–4:15 P.M. Zach Tilotson & Cameran Kimbrough Duo
4:30–5:30 P.M. The Blues Doctors
5:45–6:45 P.M. Cadillac Funk
7–8:00 P.M. Joe Shelton
8:15–9:15 P.M. Mr. Sipp




UM Healthy Cooking Class

healthy cookingCheck out the healthy cooking classes being offered at the University of Mississippi inside Lenoir Hall Foods Lab.

Two sessions are left on the schedule–July 19 or July 21-22. Each session is $125 and includes food, equipment and supplies.

Register via email at or call 662-915-8662.


July 15: Southern Foods Done Light

tims class flyerTickets are now available for the second Eating Oxford Institute class: Southern Foods Done Light with Tim Woodard

In this class, Tim Woodard, owner of Little Easy Catering, will show you how to make some of the same food he serves inside his popular restaurant, imparting all of the delicious flavor you want, but with less fat and calories than the typical southern fare.

Sample several menu items as Tim walks you through the process of preparation and provides tips and ingredient swaps for lightening up your favorite dishes.

The class will take place at the Oxford Activity Center (corner of Molly Barr and Price St.) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15. Tickets are $35/pp and include food and beverage.

Purchase Tickets

Visit the Facebook Event Page

***Eating Oxford Institute is a series of food-centric classes, held monthly, and hosted by, in partnership with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the Oxford Park Commission.

“The Eating Oxford Institute is a wonderful opportunity to engage with smart instructors in a fun, relaxed environment–to acquire new cooking skills and advance one’s nutritional awareness.”
Robert Saarnio
Director, University Museum & Historic Houses
University of Mississippi

4th of July Festivities Around Oxford

4th flyerIf you decide to take a break from the backyard grill this coming weekend, Oxford has a lot of activities to keep you busy. Check out the below calendar supplied by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.

Schedule of Events
Thursday, July 3rd

  • 7-10 p.m. Firecracker Bash, presented by Leap Frog
    • Venue: The Lyric
    • Entertainment: Bouffants
    • Casual Dress
    • Silent Auction & Door Prizes
    • Mr. and Mrs. America Contest
    • Ticket prices: $25
    • For ticket information contact Teresa Adams, Director,, 662-801-7978

Friday, July 4th

  • 7:30 a.m.: “Stars & Stripes on the Square” 5K Classic to benefit the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society Join our facebook page!
  • 8:30 a.m.: Fun Run
  • 9:30 a.m.: LOU 4th of July Children’s Parade on the Square, lineup begins at 9 a.m. by Something Southern.  Click here for a Parade application.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: PMQ Pizza Magazine’s Slice of Americana Pizza Competition **new this year** (at the Powerhouse)  Click here for more information.
  • 4 p.m.- Nightfall: Activities in the Grove at Ole Miss
    • Activities include: Children’s Area, Music, Petting Zoo, Pony rides, Train Rides, Bounceys, Face Painting, Balloons.  Refreshments will be available.  Click here for a Vendor application. Deadline is Friday, June 27th.
  • 6 p.m.: Independence Day Ceremony in the Grove honoring our local service men and women
  • 6:30 p.m.-Nightfall: Grove fun continues with regional live music
  • 9 p.m. (Nightfall): Fireworks Presentation over Oxford-University Stadium-Swayze Field.  Premium Stadium Seats Available for $2 each, no coolers please.  Gates to stadium open at 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be available.

The LOU 4th of July Committee is presented by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.


New Restaurant Replaces Bistro Burger

england dans smallHave you spotted the new sign on the now closed Bistro Burger at 2580 West Jackson Avenue, Suite 30?

Looks like a restaurant called England Dan’s Char-Steaks & Grill is planning to open in the spot.

From what we saw today, there’s a few weeks to go before opening, and we’ve been unable to locate contact information for the new owner, who we believe is named Mike Salts.

If you have any information, contact us at and we’ll help spread the word.


July 4: Slice of Americana Pizza Competition

slice of americanaLove pizza? Love music? Love to have fun?

The Slice of Americana Pizza Competition, a pizza-making contest with live music, fun and games is coming to Oxford on July 4th.

Scheduled as part of the 4th of July celebrations in Oxford, the event is open to the public and will be held at The Powerhouse from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

The winner of the pizza competition (a couple spots are still open!) will win a free trip to Italy with the U.S. Pizza Team to compete in the World Pizza Championships in 2015.

A panel of expert judges will choose the overall winner while a People’s Choice award will also be presented (translation: you get to taste the pizzas!).

Competitors include Wholly Stromboli of Fort Lupton, Colorado, Bada Bing! Pizzeria of Springfield, Ohio, Lost River Pizza Co. of Nashville, TN, Master Pizza of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Vito and Nick’s of Chicago, IL, Palo Mesa Pizza of Arroyo Grande, CA, Monye Bello Pizzeria of St Louis, MO, two competitors from Nima’s Pizza of Gassville, AR, 5 Points Pizza of Nashville, TN, Paninos Pizzeria of Illinois, Pure Pizza of Charlotte, NC, Pizza Dock of Fredericktown, OH, Domino’s Pizza of Oxford, MS and Tre Amici of Oxford, MS + 4 more spots remain that could be filled! Come eat their pizza for America!

Click HERE for more information and tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event.


Class Wrap-Up: Juicing for Health and Energy

IMG_5027Our first class in the Eating Oxford Institute series was held Wednesday night at The Powerhouse.

Attendees learned the benefits and techniques of juicing from Melody Sharp, owner of Living Foods (formerly Local Flavor).IMG_5096

Melody showed the difference between styles of juicers, how to get the most bang for your buck out of fruits and vegetables, tips for any fruits that need to be peeled/cored before juicing, and more.

The class sampled fruit and vegetable juices, participated in questions and answers, and all departed with a full-size juice, recipe card and coupon.


We loved having Melody share her knowledge at a fun evening of culinary learning!

Check out the great write-up by LaReeca Rucker in today’s Oxford Eagle, too!

Don’t miss next month’s class, Southern Foods Done Light, taught by Tim Woodard on July 15 at the Activity Center. Details Here.


***Eating Oxford Institute is a collaboration between, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, and the Oxford Park Commission.

(Thank you to Giana Leone IMG_5021of the Daily Mississippian for sharing her photos from the event.)

Jelly Belly Tasting Contest Thursday

hollis eventsHow well do you know your Jelly Belly flavors? Could you identify them while blindfolded?

If you answered yes, call or stop by Holli’s Sweet Tooth to sign up for Thursday’s Jelly Belly Tasting Contest.

The contest kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

Entry is $3.00, but bragging rights are priceless.



Calendar of Classes for Eating Oxford Institute

juice for flyer 2Will we see you at our first Eating Oxford Institute Class this Wednesday, June 18? Ticket sales end Tuesday night. Secure yours here.

The Oxford Citizen ran a story last Friday about our upcoming classes. In case you missed it, here’s a rundown so you can mark your calendars…

Wednesday, June 18: Juicing for Health with Melody Sharp from Living Foods (formerly Local Flavor)

July 15: Southern Foods Done Light with Tim Woodard from Little Easy Catering

August 5: Kid’s Shopping/Cooking Class with Sunny Young from Good Food for Oxford Schools

September 16: Holiday Flaming Desserts with Roland Schnider from Locals

October 7: Easy Flatbreads with Chef Lee Craven from Tu Country Catering

November: TBA

December (day TBA): Know Your Champagnes with Kevin Brooks from The Wine Bar

***Eating Oxford Institute is a collaboration between, Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the Oxford Park Commission.

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Coming Soon: Mesquite Chop House

mesquite chopThe Courthouse Square Historic Preservation Commission recently approved an application to open a Mesquite Chop House at 1001 E. Jackson Avenue.

The application, submitted by Blake Tartt III, who is currently completing construction of a Starbucks on W. Jackson Avenue, would involve adding a one-story addition to the rear of the building as well as various exterior modifications for accessibility and outdoor seating. View the full plans/application here.

According to historical records, the building once served as office space for lawyer and author John Grisham during the 1980s and early 1990s.

Mesquite Chop House is a steak and seafood restaurant with locations in Memphis, Germantown, and Southaven. They are part of the River City Management Group of restaurants, which also includes Spindini, Rum Boogie Cafe, and others.

Juicing Class: June 18

juicingEating Oxford Institute Kicks Off This Month!, in partnership with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and Oxford Park Commission is offering monthly food-centric classes starting in June.

The first class, Juicing for Health and Energy, with Melody Sharp, owner of Oxford-based Living Foods (formerly Local Flavor), will be held Wednesday, June 18 at The Powerhouse from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25/pp

This class will begin with a short primer on the benefits of juicing fruits and vegetables, as Melody illustrates how juicing can increase energy and improve overall health and mood. Attendees will sample juices as Melody reveals her top tips for combining fruits and vegetables to create tasty combinations. All ticket holders will leave the class with a full-size juice and a coupon toward another juice at Living Foods.

Seating is limited to 40 people. Secure your tickets here. Members receive a $5 discount on all classes. Email for more details.

Contact with any questions.


Coming Soon: Wingstop

wing stop picA sign for an upcoming Wingstop restaurant recently went up on the Kiamie’s Coin Laundry at 1518 Jackson Avenue (big thanks to Antonio Barragan, owner of Bim Bam Burgers for letting us know, and providing the photo!).

Construction will likely take a few months, as the franchisee is also opening locations in Tupelo and Starkville, with Oxford being the final one scheduled for completion.

The Dallas-based Wingstop restaurant chain was started in 1994 and now has more than 600 locations offering regular and boneless wings with a choice of 10 flavors and a number of sides. See the Wingstop website for more information and a complete menu.


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