- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The owner of a longtime Jackson restaurant is seeking resort status for his business and would consider moving away if he doesn’t receive the permission to have more leeway with his businesses’ alcohol sales and hours of operation.

Malcolm White of Hal & Mal’s restaurant tells the Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/21vLmjN ) that he agrees with the city this week granting new Cathead Vodka distillery resort status, but he doesn’t want the city to leave his restaurant out if the designation is approved for other businesses.

“I feel certain we can find a place to do business where we would be appreciated and included in a progressive plan for the future,” White wrote in a Facebook post. “You are welcome for 30 years of carrying the weight!”

White said Wednesday he was ranting in the Facebook post and had no plans to move, but he said that in the future if the city doesn’t include Hal & Mal’s in the resort designation and if it is cost prohibitive to buy the restaurant building from the state and renovate it, his family would consider moving somewhere else.

City Council President Melvin Priester Jr. said an item will be placed on the council’s next meeting agenda to discuss a resort status designation for Hal & Mal’s and other businesses.

Mike Davis, with the city economic development office, said Hal & Mal’s and another restaurant could be included in the next phase of a resolution to declare a parcel of property as a resort status area.

While resort status would allow businesses to operate 24 hours a day and sell alcoholic beverages, the city would still regulate actual hours of operation under its ordinances.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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