Monday, May 28, 2018

Matchbook Monday

It's time for Matchbook Monday.  Some real gems of Jackson's past are posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section as you enjoy these blasts from the past. Readers can email copies of any old matchbooks to

The first matchbook is one of the many incarnations that took place at Main Harbor.

Lamar Street in downtown Jackson saw its share of restaurants over the years.   This matchbook is from one of the four restaurants operated by the Grillis family on Lamar Street.

Remember the Holiday Inn Downtown?

Last up is a matchbook that is definitely non-PC.   Thanks to the reader who submitted this matchbook. 

It opened in January 1946 as shown in this page from the Clarion-Ledger.

It closed 40 years later.


Anonymous said...

The Holiday Inn Downtown had a really good luncheon buffet at one time.

That was THE place for meetings......years ago.

Anonymous said...

“Well Equipped,” indeed.

Anonymous said...

The Liberty Grill was a time capsule and had never been renovated. Great counter and booths, good food, perfect for a lunch break. It was demolished along with the entire block, to make room for a proposed tower. Guess the developers cut and ran, so now it's just a flat nothing. Asshole developers.

Kingfish said...

Looks like a great place to whack somebody.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what happened to animals that murdered Amy Clayton of Tupelo.

Anonymous said...

“Boll Weevil Lounge” is an outstanding name

Anonymous said...

Interesting article on the Jackson budget. That was when the whites were in charge. And then they all moved out and started pointing fingers at the land the left. Perfect article.

Anonymous said...

There used to be a dinner play theater at the Reservoir. I vaguely recall it was built like a big red barn but can't recall the name.

There were many decent restaurants in downtown Jackson 'back in the day'. Does anyone recall a cafeteria style restaurant on the ground floor of the Barnett building that served hot southern style food and perfect biscuits? My husband's grandmother ran it for years till she retired. She used to fry bacon early every morning while the biscuits baked because she said the smell of the bacon and hot biscuits brought people in to eat breakfast.

Thanks for the memories, KF!

Anonymous said...

Barn Dinner Theater

SoufSide Weezy said...

@9:59 PM they’ll just blame it on the “Dim-o-krats”.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I wonder what happened to animals that murdered Amy Clayton of Tupelo.


JANUARY 24, 1990



A man serving life in prison for the 1986 murder of a Tupelo woman who went missing after going jogging has died at a hospital in Cleveland.

Randy Bevill, 58, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at 2:10 p.m. at Bolivar County Medical Center, where he was transported from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman’s hospital for treatment.

Bevill, #25816, was tried and sentenced twice for the July 31, 1986, murder of Amy Clayton, 18, of Tupelo, in Lee County.

Anonymous said...

10:03am I know this feed is about a matchbook but thanks for sharing that. I'm not a lawyer but it looks like the death penalty for him was thrown out because he wasn't read his Miranda rights. Good grief. I'm glad we are no longer feeding and housing this miscreant.

Louis LeFleur said...

To all but The Liberty Grill, blah, blah, meh. (Not really, but just don't really have anything to say.) I didn't "discover" Liberty Grill till 1984 when I first started working in the downtown area. Had known about pretty much all the other downtown places most of my life, but Liberty was a special treat. By then there was no table service, at least not for lunch. Not sure about breakfast service style, but they were only open for breakfast and lunch those last couple of years. Asked an old friend who ran a business across the street for many years, before it too had been made a parking lot years earlier, and he had very found memories of the place and its owner, Mike Iupe, from back in the day.

Anonymous said...

The Barn Dinner Theatre at the Reservoir was also known as Le Barn Rouge Theatre back in the early 1970s.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy these posts. Brings up great memories even though it reminds me how old I am.

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