Glenn Foods’ fast-casual concept, Basil’s, has opened a location at Renaissance at Colony Park.
Featuring Paninis, pizzas and salads, the 1,100 square foot eatery – with patio seating – is located in the former Maggie Moo’s ice cream shop.
Nathan Glenn, who also owns Basil’s with his father, Tim Glenn, said longtime Basil’s customers will notice new offerings to the Renaissance menu, changes Nathan said will eventually make their way to the Fondren location.
The Basil’s box ($11.95) gives diners the choice of a sandwich and a side, along with a dessert taster (banana pudding or chocolate chip cookies), sweet heat pickles and a deviled egg.
The Southern Sampler ($11.95), a staple at Basil’s Fondren, is now a “pick-three” with a choice of chicken salad, pimento & cheese, potato salad, coleslaw, three deviled eggs, sweet heat pickles or bow tie pasta.
A “quick-grab” cooler makes purchasing a dozen deviled eggs, pints of pimento & cheese, cold chicken salad, pickles or dressing easy while par-baked pizzas are vacuum sealed with instructions for a take-home meal.
A gluten-free pizza crust – made with cauliflower – will also be available.
Basil’s will offer bicycle delivery in a limited “central business district” around Renaissance in about 30 days. EatBasils.com will open online ordering for individuals, corporate catering and third-party services like Waitr and DoorDash.
Construction began in mid-January after seeing the shopping destination’s success for fellow restaurant owners.
“As we looked at it, Derek (Emerson) had brought Local 463 (to Renaissance) and Koestler Prime came in with so much success,” Nathan said. “People have been asking us to (come this direction), so it worked out to be the right time in a great space.”
Nathan cited Renaissance’s growth – a six-screen Malco movie theater is slated to open in the fall – and hotels at The Township, along with accessibility to Ridgeland and Madison, as a driving factor for the location.
Renaissance Marketing Communications Director Jan Mattiace calls the resturant “a great compliment to our restaurant lineup.”
“(Their) fresh, high-quality, fast-casual food at a good price point will be welcomed by area businesses and neighborhoods,” she said. “Nathan is a great local restaurateur who brings a lot of good energy and we love having him and his team as a part of Renaissance.”
As to the question that may be on longtime Fondren customers’ minds, the answer is “no.”
“Why would we be leaving Fondren?” Nathan laughed. “A couple of people have said that and none of it makes any sense. We’re so busy at Rooster’s and Basil’s there… 15 years in that location with hotels coming up around us; we’re busier than we have ever been and growing every day.”
Hours for Basil’s Renaissance are Monday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., extending later if there is demand.
Basil’s Renaissance is in Suite 8003 in Ridgeland. The Fondren location is at 2906 North State Street at Fondren Corner, along with sister restaurant, Rooster’s. A downtown Jackson location of Basil’s is owned by Nathan’s mother, Debbie Rankin, and sister and brother-in-law, Ashley and Michael Laskin.