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Thursday, April 17, 2014

John Currence

City, OFD crack down on 2 Square restaurants

During a special meeting of the Oxford Board of Aldermen Monday, the board agreed to send a letter to three Square restaurants informing them that they need to either build a second exit or keep their capacity down to 49 or face sanctions for violating state fire codes. (December 7, 2011, Page 2)

Some alarmed by fire code inspections

While few violations were found on the Square, city fire inspectors were double checking occupancy levels at many restaurants and bars on the Square on Thursday night. These inspections are expected to continue through the weekend. There are questions from business owners, however, about the frequency and randomness of the checks. (October 14, 2011, Page 1A)

Game day at Ole Miss

Guest columnist Loran Smith of Georgia gives an outsider’s perspective of the game day experience at Ole Miss as he talks about trips to Oxford for games and about the friendships he’s made over the years with members of the community. (September 23, 2011, Page 4A)

Sunday alcohol sales uncorked

The first test of Oxford’s expanding alcohol sales on a select-few Sundays will be this weekend on Mother’s Day. Sales will be allowed in restaurants from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (May 6, 2011, Page 1A)

Eating ‘green’ easier

During Oxford’s Green Week, area restaurants are presenting foods that are considered “green” because are bought locally and/or are grown organically. Eating green is being highlighted as part of the Green Week activities. Read about “green” food in today’s EAGLE. (April 18, 2011, Page 1A)

Downtown Grill to be Bouré’s new home

After a three-year search to find Bouré a new home, its owner, chef John Currence, has teamed up with businessman Stefano Capomazza to purchase the building that has housed the popular fine-dining establishment, the Downtown Grill, for his restaurant. (February 8, 2011, Page 1A)

Oxford refrain

Sometimes we need an outsider, a visitor to our community, to remind us how special it is. Loran Smith, who’s held a number of positions at the University of Georgia during a career thats earned him a spot in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, gives us one of those reminders in a guest column he wrote after another delightful visit recently. (February 4, 2011, Page 4A)

Some Sunday sales set for Oxford

The state board approved Oxford’s request for Sunday sales after holiday and home football weekends on Monday. The first Sunday will be May 8 for Mother’s Day. (February 1, 2011, Page 1)

Tough times forces Yocona in Exile to close this weekend

After 15 years of serving eclectic, but always delicious dishes, the Yocona In Exile restaurant — previously Yocona River Inn — will close its doors this weekend.

Yocona in Exile was opened in Abbeville after a fire in the spring of 2009 destroyed the original restaurant, Yocona River Inn. Osborn relocated her restaurant and renamed it when she reopened it a year ago in Abbeville. The new restaurant gave the downtown area of the tiny town a spark of new life. (December 2, 2010, Page 2A)

Local chefs, farmer work together to present fanciful meal

Outstanding in the Field is described as “a roving culinary adventure,” a kind of restaurant without walls. The founders of this moveable feast promote the use of local produce in local meals prepared by local chefs to be enjoyed by local foodies.

Roughly 150 people took part in the special $180-per-ticket dinner which celebrated not just the chef who prepared the meal, but also the farmer and the fields that helped produce the meal.

As people drank a glass of Riesling, they watched as chef John Currence walked through the garden, selecting peppers, radishes and other vegetables to help add to the meal. (October 8, 2010, Page 1B)

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