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Diversity in cuisine: Embracing the exotic

Picayune is a city of limited options when it comes to dining out.

If you are a fan of fried seafood, fast food burgers or chicken then you are in luck if you want to stay close to home.

But when burgers, chicken and seafood have been on the menu for far too many outings many people will drive to a surrounding area to find dining variety.

Tuesday, the council approved a motion to allow a new restaurant to sell beer and light wine. 

While that is not news in and of itself, the news lies in the fact it will tentatively be a sushi restaurant.

Not everyone has a palate for sushi. 

It’s especially evident in Picayune, given the fact that a previous sushi restaurant had to close its doors more than a year ago when the format failed to draw in enough customers.

The previously mentioned business tried changing their format to Vietnamese cuisine before closing their doors for good.

Another business that tried to appeal to local taste buds was an Indian restaurant on Miss. 43 north.

The business featured many exotic dishes in a buffet style, but didn’t last very long.

While it’s true that not all fried seafood places survive in the Picayune area, they seem to have the types of dishes people in this area are willing to purchase.

It’s time for this area to perhaps become a bit more adventurous when it comes to exotic food. 

In order for our tax dollars to truly stay at home, this city has to embrace the different kinds of businesses that would not only keep county residents close to home, but also bring people in from surrounding areas.

Only then will the tax revenue increase within our city to not only curb the inevitable ad valorem tax increases, but provide more city services.