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Renovations happening for Ole Miss hotel to open a bar

December 28, 2019 GMT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A bar will be opening inside a hotel on campus at the University of Mississippi.

The university received state approval for resort status for the Inn at Ole Miss, and that allows the sale of alcohol.

The Oxford Eagle reports that the current McCormick’s cafe inside the hotel is being renovated. The 2,000-square-foot (186-square-meter) indoor and outdoor space will feature a bar handcrafted by Ben Napier, an Ole Miss alumnus He and his wife, Erin, costar of the HGTV show “Home Town.” They live in Laurel, Mississippi, and frequently visit Oxford.

In July 2018, the Mississippi Department of Revenue’s Alcohol and Beverage Control division approved the University of Mississippi’s request to be qualified for resort status at the hotel and conference center. In December 2018, the Lafayette County Supervisors approved the university’s request for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and the Pavilion to have resort status.

The football stadium began selling alcohol for the first time Oct. 19 during the Ole Miss-Texas A&M game, and beer sales have continued at the Pavilion during basketball games.