Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Local business Sugar Ray's Sweet Shop (224 W. Capitol St.) launched a GoFundMe page on March 26 asking for donations to help keep the store open.
The page states that the candy shop is in crisis following two break-ins, street closures due to major construction downtown and a lack of Internet access for the business. The store is seeking to raise $20,000 through the GoFundMe campaign.
Jessica Davenport opened Sugar Ray's in the Cohen Brothers building in downtown Jackson on Valentine's Day in 2017. The shop offers products such as jellybeans, gummies, truffles, gourmet chocolates, old-fashioned sodas and more.
Sugar Ray's posted a message on its Facebook page on Feb. 22, 2018, stating that the store would only be open for events, citing an influx of events and finished construction at the back of the building.
For more information, visit Sugar Ray's Facebook or the GoFundMe page. To book an event, call 601-213-6292. Check out the Jackson Free Press' previous story about the business at http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2017/apr/19/downtowns-sweet-restoration/.
A previous version of this story identified Elizabeth Augustine as the owner of Sugar Ray's. Augustine is in charge of Sugar Ray's social media, and the owner is Jessica Davenport. We apologize for the error.
Que Padre Opens in Former Jaco's
After six months, the downtown Jackson food scene once again features a Mexican restaurant with the opening of Que Padre (318 S. State St.), a new business located inside the former Jaco's Tacos location.
After initially posting on Facebook that it was closing for renovations in October 2017, Jaco's Tacos announced in November that it would permanently close its downtown location after five years in operation. Que Padre opened to customers on St. Patrick's Day, Saturday, March 17.
The menu at Que Padre's features fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, chimichangas, quesadillas, Mexican pizza, stuffed poblano peppers, fried quail, grilled steak, grilled chicken breast, shrimp skewers and more. The restaurant also has $7.99 and $8.99 combination dinner specials, two-for-one margaritas and beer during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day, and offers a 10-percent discount to government workers.
Que Padre is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 601-748-4197 or find the restaurant on Facebook or Instagram.
Zeek'z House of Gyros Moving to Dogwood
Zeek'z House of Gyros, which Flowood native Sean Alexander originally opened in February 2015 in the Rankin Center retail space on Lakeland Drive, is set to reopen soon in Dogwood Festival Market after closing earlier this year. The new Zeek'z is located in the former Pie Five location at 96 Laurel Park Drive, next door to El Portrillo.
The menu at Zeek'z features souvlaki, Greek-style gyros, salads, three types of hummus including traditional, chipotle and garlic, and more.
Zeek'z also posted to its Facebook page that it is hiring cooks, servers and managers for the new location and is taking applications from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday either in-store or by email at [email protected]
For more information, find Zeek'z House of Gyros on Facebook.