New ownership announced for Hal & Mal’s

Published: Oct. 26, 2022 at 2:26 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - An iconic downtown restaurant and bar now has new ownership.

Malcolm White is announcing that Hal & Mal’s has been sold to Damien Cavicchi and Mary Sanders Ferriss Cavicchi after owning and operating the restaurant for thirty-seven years.

“I want to thank all of our longtime customers and friends and supporters. I know you’re not going away, and we’re not going away either. We would not have been able to have succeeded here without, you know, people who believed in us, like what we did, who came when we had events,” White said.

The couple will take over the establishment on November 1, according to a news release.

“Hal & Mal’s has been much more than a business for all these years,” White said in a statement. “This is our family legacy, and this transition isn’t one we have taken lightly. We believe the treasure that is Hal & Mal’s is in good hands with Damien and Mary Sanders.”

White said the transition is “an investment in the preservation of Hal & Mal’s legacy.” The establishment has been an anchor of downtown Jackson’s life, but White says the bitter-sweet transition is good for the downtown area.

“I’m 71 years old. And, you know, how long did I want to continue being the day-to-day hands-on operator, I had to think about the impact of COVID-19. And getting through that crisis, which we did. And this idea that none of the family wanted to carry it on left me with so few odd options, that it was kind of a no-brainer, you know, that it’s either me or someone else.”

While there may be some different products and new additions, the Cavicchi’s say when you walk into Hal and Mal’s… it’s still going to bring back the same old memories.

“We want Hal and Mal’s to be the Hal and Mal’s that everybody loves and that people have grown up with, that I came to in college. With that and kind of moving into new generations, there’s always changed but we want the change to speak to the current brand,” Mary said.

“Everybody that you meet in Jackson has a story about Hal and Mal’s and that is, you know, something that we want to continue for, you know, the current generation and for future generations as well,” Damien said.

The couple are recent owners of Campbell’s Bakery in Fondren. Damien recently served as director of culinary operations and executive chef at the Country Club of Jackson.

Mary is the owner of Ferriss & Company, a Jackson-based interior design, and branding development firm.

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