Izzy opens her cafe
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Izzy opens her cafe

Following a whirlwind soft opening last month, the new Izzy’s Cafe, owned by Isabel Pateritsas, marked a grand opening June 5 with a ribbon cutting by the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce. A descendent of the Nichols’ family, known for their stewardship of the Owl Cafe in its early years, Pateritsas, shown snipping the ribbon…

Cold day, hot ribs, warm hearts
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Cold day, hot ribs, warm hearts

It was cold, a little rainy, not the best day for an outdoor event. But that didn’t stop the backers of the Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department from coming out Saturday for the 23rd annual charity rib cookoff. And it didn’t stop the nine competing teams from taking their tastiest shot at the $1,000 top prize,…

Black history festival outdoes itself
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Black history festival outdoes itself

By most every measure, the 20th African-American History Festival lived up to its anniversary status last weekend. Blessed by sunny skies, and running like clockwork in the hands of organizers H’COLA (Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola), the festival brought out a huge crowd and a robust number of booths.  The local nonprofits and government…

Chef Sampler celebrates changing dining scene
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Chef Sampler celebrates changing dining scene

There’s been a lot of changes in the dining scene on the Forgotten Coast in the three years since the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce last hosted the Chef Sampler. Since 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic first put a serious crimp in the styles of dining spots, and shuttered the Sampler, there’s been closures and…

Butts and Clucks makes sure to ‘GetChewSum’
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Butts and Clucks makes sure to ‘GetChewSum’

As the 30-person crew from the Simple Alien TV production crew were packing up their gear after a weekend of filming an episode for season two of BBQ USA set to appear this summer on the Food Network, they were asked a simple alienating question. Are any of you vegans? K.C. Napper sheepishly wafted up…

High Five partners to open craft brewery
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High Five partners to open craft brewery

High Five Dive Bar is going into the craft beer business, partnering with an established Jackson County brewer with ties to Franklin County. On Friday night, bar owners Becky and Ronnie Jones announced that they had teamed up with Brian Walker, owner of Southern Fields Brewing in Campbellton, to produce their own local Coastal Soul…