BUSINESS BRIEFING: Former Fresh Market Cafe opens as Japanese restaurant

djournal-generci-stockDaily Journal

NEW ALBANY – New Albany welcomed a new Japanese restaurant over the weekend – Yamato Steak House of Japan.

And it’s in a familiar spot – it’s the former Fresh Market Cafe, which opened in mid-June.

The restaurant was closed on Nov. 30 and was rebranded to “better meet the needs of the local community.”

Along with fresh sushi, Yamato also serves Japanese hibachi steak, chicken and seafood. It has a full-service bar.

The location is 302 State Highway 30 W in New Albany. The phone number is (662) 539-0880 or (662) 539-0881

Hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

The Fresh Market Cafe in Tupelo still is open.

Toyota Mississippi builds nearly 160,000 Corollas

BLUE SPRINGS – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi is cranking out the Corolla, the world’s best-selling car.

According to figures compiled by trade publication Automotive News, the plant in Blue Springs built 157,947 Corollas last year. That’s an increase of nearly 22 percent from the 129,602 built in 2012, the plant’s first full year of production.

Toyota Mississippi built its first car in October 2011. Its original annual production capacity was 150,000 vehicles.

The plant will begin exporting Corollas to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in April.

Shipments will begin in April, and Toyota said it expects to ship about 7,500 in the region this year.

Tupelo Craft Beer Festival tickets going on sale Feb. 3

TUPELO – Last month, it was announced that this year’s Tupelo Craft Beer Festival was being moved to Fairpark in downtown Tupelo, and to a later date, on March 22.

Tickets officially go on sale Feb. 3 at 9 a.m., according to the website for the festival.

However, a limited amount of pre-sale tickets are available on the website at Type “tcbf2014” where it asks for a promotional code at the bottom of the page to get $5 off general admission.

Otherwise, general admission tickets are $40 each, while designated driver tickets are $15 each.

Also, there is a special $85 ticket for March 21 diner at Kermit’s Outlaw Kitchen, or KOK.

In addition, hotel-and-festival admission packages also are available.

Click video to hear audio