Restaurant Openings, Sustainable Planning


Fuego, a new Mexican restaurant, will adjoin Fire on South State St. and another new restaurant, rumored to be Mexican, will open in Fondren's Duling School.

New Restaurants
Chip Matthews, owner of the nightclub Fire, wants to bring spice to downtown every day of the week. Matthews opened Fuego, a Mexican restaurant, in the former sports bar adjoining Fire on Aug. 4. Fuego serves a variety of Mexican dishes, including steak fajitas and huevos chorizo, from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., all week.

"We're just trying to offer food to everybody in our venue and get more (use) out of our building," Matthews said.

Restaurant-goers will soon be able to take advantage of a balcony overlooking State Street, as well as music performed on both indoor and outdoor stages. Matthews says he wants to book smaller acts for the restaurant, along with open-mic nights on Wednesdays.

Fuego is located at 318 South State St., 601-592-1000.

Jackson-area restaurateur Bill Latham, whose past ventures include Char and Amerigo, is planning a new restaurant for the Duling School development in Fondren. Details on the restaurant are scarce for now, though, although rumor has it that it will be Mexican.

"All I can tell you is we've signed the lease; it's a done deal," Latham said.

City Planners Focusing on Sustainability
The American Planning Association is hosting a sustainability workshop on Friday at the Mississippi E-Center. Called "Sustainable Community Plans," the event will focus on using environmentally sustainable approaches to developing long-range community plans. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. will deliver a welcome address, and the city's Department of Planning and Development will attend.

Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. at the E-Center, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue. Call 601-979-2291 for more information. Planners, students and allied professionals are invited to attend.

The South Adds Art
Stan Leflore, owner of the The South, is transforming his antiques showroom and events space on Silas Brown Street downtown into The South Warehouse Gallery, with the help of local artist Cliff Speaks. Leflore says that his partnership with Speaks is the next step in the evolution of the events space, which hosted the Jackson Free Press' 2010 Best of Jackson party.

The two are planning an opening reception for a group show, "Art Revival," for Sept. 23. The South will continue to sell antique furniture in addition to displaying art, Leflore said.

Beginning Sept. 28, The South Warehouse Gallery will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. Call 601-968-0100 for more information.

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Yum to the Duling restaurant! My understanding is it's on the far right side of the building, in the empty space next to the Auditorium. I hear their big draw may be their specialty margaritas!



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