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Hattiesburg Restaurateur Opening New Restaurant, Reopening Capri

Robert St. John, a Mississippi restaurateur who owns the Purple Parrot and Crescent City Grill in Hattiesburg, will begin bringing another of his Hattiesburg restaurants, Ed's Burger Joint, to Fondren later this year. Photo courtesy Wier Boerner Allin Architecture

Robert St. John, a Mississippi restaurateur who owns the Purple Parrot and Crescent City Grill in Hattiesburg, will begin bringing another of his Hattiesburg restaurants, Ed's Burger Joint, to Fondren later this year. Photo courtesy Wier Boerner Allin Architecture

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Photo courtesy Wier Boerner Allin Architecture

Robert St. John, a Mississippi restaurateur who owns the Purple Parrot and Crescent City Grill in Hattiesburg, will begin bringing another of his Hattiesburg restaurants, Ed's Burger Joint, to Fondren later this year. The restaurant serves burgers, shakes, homemade frozen pops and more.

St. John plans to use a remodeled former service station that once housed Butterfly Yoga, which closed in 2017, as part of Ed's. The building will also have rooftop seating and a rooftop bar.

Additionally, St. John will reopen and remodel the Capri Theatre in Fondren, which has been closed since 1985. The renovations will include a new projection system, reclining seats and a full bar, a release from Visit Jackson says.

The reopened Capri, which will have the only movie screen in Jackson, will screen both first-run and classic movies, host live music shows and more. The theater will have seating for 170 people and a 40-foot screen.

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Photo courtesy Wier Boerner Allin Architecture

St. John will also open a 10-lane bowling alley called Highball Lanes beside the Capri. The alley will feature a restaurant that will serve the cuisine of Crescent City Grill and a cocktail bar. St. John will also open a tiki bar called The Pearl next to the bowling alley.

Construction will begin in late 2019 and finish by mid-to-late 2020. Wier Boerner Allin is the architect for the $13 million project.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that the Capri would be part of the Ed's building. The restaurant and theater will be two separate buildings, and Ed's will have the rooftop seating and bar. The bowling alley will also be beside the Capri on the Fondren strip.

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