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Jesse Houston is Back with New Restaurant

Chef Jesse Houston

Chef Jesse Houston and Ray-Scott Miller, president of Miller Hospitality.

Chef Jesse Houston, the founding chef at Saltine Oyster Bar and a nominee for a James Beard Award for Best Chef South, will lead Jackson’s newest culinary project: Fine & DANDY.

Houston arrived in Jackson as part of the original cast at Parlor Market. He went on to open Saltine Oyster Bar in 2014 where it was named one of Bon Appetit’s “Best Restaurants” and one of Southern Living’s “Best New Restaurants.”

After parting ways with Saltine at the end of last year, Jesse had mentioned multiple times that he had something “in the works.” A press release made it official today.

Ray-Scott Miller, president of Miller Hospitality says of Jesse Houston: “He has this crazy ability to make forward-thinking food approachable.”

Around here, Jesse’s food is both beloved and renowned – while always breaking the mold of “Mississippi usual.” His creative twist on dishes and ingredients likely stem from his travels around the country, and recently the world. Followers of Jesse on on Instagram have watched him both cook and eat all manner of fare from his recent stint in Tulum, Mexico to his extended trip to Japan and Vietnam.

The Fine & Dandy concept “will be an upscale burger restaurant with a lighter, more progressive take on American classics” according to their press release. It will be located at The District at Eastover, the new mixed use development located along I-55 north between the Fondren and Eastover neighborhoods.

We know one thing. If Jesse Houston is making a burger, we want that burger. More on this story as it develops. The restaurant is slated for a fall opening – hopefully in time for Jackson Restaurant Week.

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