The Mysterious Charms of Helen’s Kitchen

July 29, 2015

In a small Mississippi town, one restaurant run by one woman
holds pretty much everything — and everyone — together

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ast year, toward summer’s end, the mayor of Columbus, Mississippi, got cross with the publisher of the town’s daily newspaper. The mayor had voted himself a $10,000 raise and the publisher, in an open letter printed in the Commercial Dispatch, chastised the move as selfish and short-sighted. The mayor responded with a public letter of his own, painting the publisher as ill-informed and negative minded. In Columbus, population less than 25,000, City Hall is across Main Street…