Biz Buzz: A movie theater in Madison? Yes, please!

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Dana Kibbey, owner of Ricky D's and Retro Cinema, plans to open a new restaurant and movie theater in downtown Madison this fall. Photo by Dianne Yost

Dana Kibbey, owner of Ricky D’s and Retro Cinema, plans to open a new restaurant and movie theater in downtown Madison this fall. Photo by Dianne Yost

By Dianne Lively Yost

It’s ding dang HOT y’all! And I ain’t just talkin’ ‘bout the weather! That’s ‘cause my hot, hot, hot pepper patch is flat ROCKIN’ it out of the garden! Lord have MERCY! Momma and I have flat out done ourselves this summer! That means we are all set to WIN, WIN, WIN this year’s 9th Annual Madison Chili Cook-Off! It ain’t never too soon to start preppin’ for this international event that’s held right here at Town Park! It’s slated for Saturday, Oct. 5! Y’all call the City of Madison at 706-342-1251 x208 for more intel! But, beware: Momma is mad. She’s motivated. And, the peppers this year are PERF! We’re goin’ for the gold! Oh and Momma’s already sewin’ her Hot Off The Presses Pepper Suit! Look out!

That’s right y’all! Fall will not only bring us the Chili Cookoff! We’re fixin’ to get our very own movie theater! Hey! We’ll be able to catch a bite to eat along with a movie right smack here in Madison! I’m talkin’ all ‘bout Ricky D’s and Retro Cinema located at 138 East Jefferson St., in downtown Madison! Right so I just met up with owner Dana Kibbey to get the scoop! Ok so Dana says the front part of the building will be the Ricky D’s restaurant servin’ casual fare (more on that in a future column) and the middle part of the building will be Retro Cinema which will feature classic movies as well as some really cool documentaries along with speakers. The back part will be the wine bar! Yes! They will be servin’ beer and wine durin’ movie showings! I flat can’t wait! Anyhow, Dana, who previously operated Retro Cinema in Washington, Ga., flat knows what she’s talkin’ ‘bout and plans to open the new Madison business this Fall! I cannot wait!

Rinnnng. Rinnnng. Rinnng. Hold on y’all. Hey Ricardo! What? We’ll be there with bells on for sure! Ok so that was Ricardo of Ricardo’s Kouzzina located at 271 West Washington St., in downtown Madison! He wanted me to tell all y’all that beginnin’ this Sunday night from 6 p.m. til 9 p.m. Ricardo’s will be groovin’ to some fantastic LIVE MUSIC! Yes! Hey and this Sunday night will feature local musicians Garrett Gardner, Ben Shytle and Mitchell Blanton! WOW! I flat can’t wait!

Hey y’all! Don’t forget to check out this week’s Rutledge Rooster below! Y’all need to get over there and do some local shoppin’! LilyBeth’s has the cute, cute, cutest ever brand spankin’ new Rutledge T-Shirt with the zip code on the back! I flat love it! They come in a bunch of colors! Plus you can find cool, felt-covered, college-themed soaps PERF for back to school. Yesterdays Café in Rutledge is flat happenin’ y’all! All August long you can pop over for supper and get one appetizer and two entrees for only $18.93! Now that’s a yummy deal if there ever was one! And, don’t forget The Famous Caboose in Rutledge is always happenin’! Hey and Neighbor’s Market in Rutledge has fantastic specials! This week it’s chuck roast for only $3.15 per pound! Momma get out the crock pot!

Did somebody mention The Caboose? Yes! Now The Caboose has two locations! It’s flat open y’all! Hey and did you know you can get you a locally grown burger from Verner Farms at The Caboose? Well shoot fire! Go get you one! The new Madison location of The Caboose is in the old Tequila Express at 270 W. Washington St.

Oh My Gosh! I almost forgot! Ok girls! Mark your calendars! Women In Business is kickin’ off Wednesday, August 21 at noon at Ricardo’s Kouzzina! This event is sponsored by The Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce! There is limited seatin’ so please call Shey Daniel at the Chamber at 706-342-4454 to reserve your spot! Cost of the luncheon is only $10.95 (entrée plus a drink) and our guest speaker is gonna be City of Madison Planning Director Monica Callahan who will talk ‘bout all the cool new developments happenin’ in Madison! Y’all don’t want to miss this fabulous gatherin’ of local women! Hey and Women In Business is gonna start meetin’ monthly alternatin’ between a luncheon format and after-work event at a variety of Morgan County restaurants! So get out there! Support your Chamber! Support your LOCAL restaurants! Support Women In Business! That’s it for the Buzz on Biz this week! Y’all remember: Be sweet to Momma! Treat yourself to a LOCAL SHOPPIN’ SPREE! And, we’ll be back next week!

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