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Bryant Visits Hub City For Business Ribbon Cutting

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Governor Phil Bryant makes a visit to the Hub City to help announce the grand opening of a new business on hardy street.

"It was about a 10 month process and we added all of this," said Robert St. John, owner of The Branch, his latest restaurant. 

"We do lunch and dinner there, cocktails and small plates at night," he said. 

It's located right next to the Purple Parrot Cafe he owns.

"We've been in business here 25 years,"he said.

St. John says the renovations cost about $1.3 million.

"It was an investment to the community," he said

Gov. Bryant said that's an investment that creates jobs.

"Robert has over 200 employees," he said.

Bryant said it's important to celebrate milestones like these especially on the 8 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

"Eight years today," he said. "The Gulf Coast and South Mississippi have really been restored and we're on the offense and we're growing new businesses like The Branch here today."

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    I am a Digital Journalist here at WHLT. My earliest dreams about becoming a reporter started at 4-years-old. I can remember growing up as a child pretending to be an anchor and making my younger brother
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