Angele Mueller’s New Orleans-style restaurant will be hosting the Doo Vays on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m.
The band will perform at Tallahatchie Gourmet as guests enjoy the delicious food and drink specials the restaurant has to offer. Band nights are very popular at the restaurant and reservations are encouraged. The band members (Richie Burnette and Keith Collins) are looking forward to bringing the restaurant live music and dancing.
While still new to Oxford, Tallahatchie Gourmet has been in business since 2004. The restaurant made its Oxford debut in April of 2017 when the owners of Neilson’s, Patty and Will Lewis, offered TG’s owner, Angele Mueller, their department store’s lower floor. Mueller has always had a passion for preparing great food and making people feel at home. Hosting bands is one way to draw people into the restaurant.
“Tallahatchie Gourmet is doing extremely well but there is always room to grow,” said Angele Mueller. “The Oxford community has welcomed me with open arms. All the businesses love to help and support one another.
“The Oxford community is such an amazing support system. I love to host bands at the restaurant because it gives everyone a chance to let loose, have fun, and eat some delicious food.”
“Tallahatchie Gourmet has increased the foot traffic in my store immensely,” said Sarah Smythe, owner of Lagniappe-Oxford. “People leave the restaurant and walk over to look around. Additionally, I love being able to run across the street to order a great lunch or have a place to direct my customers when they visit Oxford.”
“I love working at Tallahatchie Gourmet for a lot of reasons,” said John Grady Burnett, a senior business management major from Jackson, Miss. “In addition to our great food and drinks, we have a terrific staff of college students and young people. It’s a great job to have in Oxford as a student.”
Tallahatchie Gourmet has already hosted several bands, and so far, it has been a great success. Depending on the success of upcoming bands, Angele plans to make band performances in her restaurant a regular occurrence.
The Doo Vays band features vocalist/drummer Keith Collins, and Richie Burnette, who plays guitar and keyboard. Richie and Keith have performed in bands for many years. Richie was one of the founding members of the band Solid Gold, formed in 1974. Keith joined the band in 1979. They have performed in many southern states through the years and at Ole Miss many times.
After 40 years of performing and over 1,000 gigs, Solid Gold disbanded in 2014. Closing one door seemed to open another as Richie and Keith formed the Doo Vays in January of 2015. Richie and Keith stay true to their roots, playing music of the 60s and 70s. Their playlists are largely inspired by movie soundtracks such as “Animal House,” “The Big Chill,” “Stand by Me” and “My Girl.”
Tallahatchie Gourmet much to offer the Oxford community: from an extensive catering menu, delectable lunch and dinner menus, convenient pick-up dishes, family-friendly game nights and a friendly atmosphere and staff, Mueller hopes she can bring a taste of her home of New Orleans to Oxford and make every guest feel at home at Tallahatchie Gourmet.
By Katherine Edmonds
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