It may be a few months, but a new restaurant is coming to Columbus.

Felipe Hernandez, owner of Mi Hacienda, is renovating the former Logan’s Roadhouse on 18th Avenue North for his new Mexican restaurant. Renovations are already underway for Hernandez’s new venture, but he is not ready to announce an estimated opening date yet.

Hernandez does not have an official name for the restaurant, but he confirmed it will serve a Mexican style cuisine. Don’t worry, folks. Mi Hacienda on Highway 45 will remain open, as this venture is entirely separate.

“It’s a huge building, so we are excited about this location,” Hernandez said. “… We thought Columbus needed a different kind of Mexican food. We have a good crowd at our current location, but we figured out that this building was available. It’s going to be a little bit different than (Mi Hacienda). …We will pick out the best dishes from Mi Hacienda and we will incorporate more seafood, pasta and some other things.”

In 2020, Logan’s Roadhouse closed down in Columbus, leaving the prime real estate vacant since its closure. Hernandez added he hopes to have a clear opening date by summer, so keep an eye out for restaurant updates!

There’s some bad business news in East Columbus. As of March 11, the East Columbus Little Dooey location officially closed.

After 15 years, the barbecue spot on Alabama Street served its last customer. Owner Jonathan Parnell confirmed the restaurant’s closure to The Dispatch, but he said the Highway 45 location will remain open. Parnell cited an employee shortage as the reason for his decision.

“We didn’t close because we didn’t have the business there, because we did,” Parnell said. “ We closed to downsize so we weren’t burning out all of our good employees. … We’re just going to take all our best employees and put them in one restaurant.”

Moving to Starkville, a new pizza parlor is open.

Marco’s Pizza, 385 College View Drive, officially opened on Monday. The pizza chain location offers pizzas, calzones, cinnasquares, wings, salads, subs and more.

The chain was founded in the late 1970s and now has more than 1,000 locations nationwide. You can check out the new pizza in Starkville Monday through Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight.

Former Dispatch reporter Mary Pollitz writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send tips to [email protected]

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