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Minding Your Business: New Macon restaurants opening up in coming weeks

James Duncomb, the owner of Tropical Flava Caribbean Restaurant on Houston Road, was hoping to open his new Ingleside Avenue location this week, but he’s had to delay it.

Duncomb, who’s opening in the former Ingleside Village Pizza location, said his crews are still working on the kitchen, and he’ll know in about two weeks what day he’ll be ready for customers.

The interior of the building has been completely redone, and work on overhauling the kitchen has taken longer than expected.

Bon appétit, Ingleside Avenue. This block should be the envy of the entire midstate, boasting the area’s finest pizza and best Caribbean food.

Like many people, I’m eagerly awaiting the opening of another restaurant. I talked to Macon restaurateur Cesare Mammarella last week, and he told me that Ginger Stir-Fry and Grill will likely be opening in about another month at the corner of Second and Poplar streets.

Who wouldn’t look forward to a stir fry bar where diners can select from about 25 different fresh vegetables and pick from an assortment of rice, noodles, 14 different sauces, salmon, shrimp, beef, chicken or pork?

There are some other surprises on tap planned at Ginger, but Cesare made me promise not to reveal those.

What I will say is that this spot is going to take downtown Macon to another level.

Speaking of Ginger

Ginger Michelle is opening at 10 a.m. Friday in its new north Bibb County location near the Publix on Bass Road.

I checked in with store owner Grace Anderson on Thursday to see how her move is coming along.

“It’s been hectic,” she said. “It’s a mess right now, but we’re opening tomorrow.”

Anderson closed her First Street location in downtown Macon last week.

Anderson bought the store five years ago. The style of the women’s boutique was established by the store’s former owners.

The new location will fit her style more, she said.

“We went with a modern antique look. ... We created it from the ground up.”

While the store is opening Friday, Anderson said she has a more formal grand opening set for Friday, July 13.

To contact business editor Harold Goodridge, call 744-4382.

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