Monday, January 7, 2019

Matchbook Monday

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Anonymous said...

To this day. I don’t understand why Keegan’s didn’t make it. Great building and location. Did the food suck and the owners not realize ot?

Anonymous said...

The old Keegan's location is weird. For some reason, it's an afterthought even though it's on a high-traffic road (Old Canton) and close to a second one (Lake Harbor). Several restaurants have died there, including a Mexican place. When does a Mexican restaurant ever go out of business???

Anonymous said...

The old Keegan's was sandwiched between the back of the Kroger and the back of apartment complexes. The food was good but it is a huge building. I think they overbuilt. It's a Hispanic church now.

Anonymous said...

I don’t recall “M&Ms” in Banner Hall. Did Mark Shapley sell that business and sue the new owner later?

Anonymous said...

Colours was great food. That's where I got acquainted with Monday's food and it's still good today.

Wasn't there a former Playboy Playmate from Jackson who bartended there for awhile?

Anonymous said...

Keegan's was a Jaco's Tacos for a bit. I went there twice and it seemed busy, but they closed rather suddenly. The location must be snake bit. The proof will be in the current tenant.

I mean a church seems to be able to survive ANYWHERE. If that church fails, then it has to be the location.

Anonymous said...

Why Tom Lambing closed Times Change is a mystery. That was a great place, and was always busy.

Anonymous said...

KEEGANs! Thank you Fish, been trying to remember what was there. Keegan's, then Jakes, then Tequilas, then Jacos Tacos. Cursed location, along with the old Deja Vu spot.

Anonymous said...

Is that Oddjob?

Anonymous said...

Jacobs just never seemed to hit it as a restaurateur. Keegan’s has decent food but service was lackluster from day one. Never ate at the seafood place that followed, but it came and went. Two places in Maywood were busts, as well. He still around town?

Anonymous said...

2:00 Pm

Missy Cleveland was the April 1979 Playboy Playmate of the month who worked at Colours.

Anonymous said...

Tom Lambing was a good chef but a full blown sociopath. He claimed to have an MBA from Univ of Indiana and be classically trained, neither of which was true. He faked his disappearance not once but twice while he was running Times Change and finally skipped town owing much money after the failure of his last restaurant in Jackson, ETC. He left his wife and child without a trace and resurfaced a year or so later in Orange County, CA. I read a puff piece interview with him in an Orange County local magazine when he was the chef at a place called Decanters. He used his real name but told a wildly confabulated story that he had owned a very successful restaurant in New Orleans which had been shut down by Katrina. Sadly, Tom killed himself in CA about a decade ago. A talented but troubled man.

Anonymous said...

Love it, 1:13!

Anonymous said...

For those of you who remember Missy Cleveland...this is public record.
On April 15, 2000, a filing cabinet allegedly fell on Cleveland while she was
managing apartments for Stonegate Apartments in Clinton, Mississippi. She filed for
disability benefits with the Commission for a closed-head injury and mental injury. While
her claim was pending, Cleveland died of a drug overdose. And her mother, Becky Hodges,
pursued a workers’ compensation claim for Cleveland’s estate. Hodges later filed an
amended petition to controvert, seeking death benefits for herself as Cleveland’s dependent.

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Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

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Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

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