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Downtown restaurant closes its doors again

By By Penny Randall / staff writer
August 31, 2004
After three years of serving hungry diners in downtown Meridian, Cafe Latt has closed its doors. Saturday was the last day for the restaurant which opened under new management in October 2001.
The cafe, operated by Nate and Amanda Williamson, was part of a downtown revitalization effort by both the public and private sectors.
The Williamsons have two young daughters and say they plan to spend more time with them.
Over the last three years, Cafe Latt had become a popular lunch destination for downtown employees and private parties. Several local clubs also held their monthly meetings there and the restaurant was home to The Gypsy Lounge.
Before opening a business in Meridian, Nate Williamson owned a Starkville-based restaurant and bar named "Cheers" from 1997 until May 2001. Williamson leased the building that housed Cafe Latt on 22nd Avenue from local businessman David Purvis, who operated Cafe Latt from May 1998 to April 2000.
Purvis said the space is available for lease.
The restaurant employed 12 people.

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