High Cotton Kitchen to offer Southern comfort food on Clarksville Street in Paris


Article from The Paris News 

by Mary Madewell

A 9,000-square-foot restaurant with a seating capacity of more than 300 is scheduled to open in Paris soon, but it first needs investors to the tune of about $200,000 or more.

High Cotton Kitchen, the dream of longtime Paris residents Richard and Regina Lee, will feature a family atmosphere with the owners’ take on Southern comfort food prepared from scratch.

Located at 1260 Clarksville St., the interior trim comes from a house built in the 1860s punctuated with vintage and reproduction metal and print advertising signage with antiques and hundreds of vintage framed vegetable and fruit crate labels and black and white photographs from the late 1800s through the 1960s.

Outside dining will be available on a large front porch, side deck and back deck. A large back yard where patrons can enjoy cornhole, horseshoes and outdoor ping pong inside privacy fencing, dividing the area from the parking lot.

For the past two years, the owners have been testing menu items by serving folks in their home.

“We estimate around 100 different people have sampled a good bit of our menu,” Lee said. “We will offer classic Southern comfort food from scratch using only the finest, freshest meats and vegetables than can be found with locally sourced farm to table as much as possible.”

Offerings are to include everything from burgers to chicken fried steak to smoked chicken thigh sandwiches to southern lemon chicken; and from specially grilled steaks to smoked salmon and panko crusted white fish served on a bed of dirty rice, plain or fancy, Lee said.

Hand smoked salmon croquettes will be a specialty along with stuffed pork chops, smoked pork roast and pulled pork sandwiches. A daily selection of 12 vegetable options will include bacon wrapped green beans. Featured desserts will include key lime pie, best of class bread pudding, chocolate cream pie, mason jar banana pudding served warm along with a tunnel of fudge cake.

“We will offer craft fountain sodas made with pure cane sugar and no artificial colors or flavors,“ Lee said. “Everything will be a great value with nice sized portions and moderate prices, which means guests will never leave hungry.”

Investors sought for new Paris restaurant


Article from The Paris News 

by Mary Madewell

A large and unique family dining adventure for Paris and the surrounding area is about $200,000 — and the end of the coronavirus virus pandemic— away from becoming a reality.

“We are out of money,” owner Richard Lee said about the opening of High Cotton Kitchen, 1260 Clarksville St.

Lee and his wife, Regina, purchased the former Paris Junior College alumni center and a couple of adjoining lots off 12th Street NE, and they have spent the past two years remodeling, furnishing the building and installing a high tech kitchen.

“It’s bad; I mean really bad, financially, for us right now,” Lee said. “We are needing investors of any size to help us finally get open. We need to raise a minimum of $200,000 — $70,000 to finish the last bit of construction, landscaping and parking lot striping, and $130,000 for operating capital.”

The Lees are offering investment opportunities with $10,000 or less yielding a 9% return payable in 12 months; from $10,001 to $30,000 at 10%; $30,001 to $50,000 at 11%; $30,001 to $60,000 at 12%; $60,001 to $74,999 at 13%; and $75,000 or above at 16%.

For those who want to show support for the restaurant, Dr. Kyle Jones has started a GoFundMe page at

High Cotton Kitchen is expected to bring roughly 70 new jobs to Paris and will have a positive economic effect in the area.

Paris man wins battle against coronavirus


Article from The Paris News 

by Mary Madewell

Local businessman Richard Lee, 56, survived Covid-19 after six days in an isolation room at Paris Regional Medical Center.

He was one of the 20 people to receive an antibody test Thursday during a practice run for the city’s coronavirus testing scheduled this week. 

“I really believe that Dr. Lav Singh saved my life,” Lee said about the health care center’s infectious disease specialist. “He gave me hydroxychloroquine with a couple of antibiotics, and within a couple days I felt much better.”

After an earlier trip to Plano, Lee said he became ill March 22 with what he thought was the flu. Four days later his wife, Regina, came down with what the couple thought was the same thing. She immediately took Tamiflu and within seven days she was back to normal, he said.

“My symptoms, however, did not go away,” Lee said. “I didn’t leave our bedroom or bed except for bathroom visits until April 2 when I could barely walk. Regina took me to get a Covid-19 test at a clinic a friend of ours has. They immediately checked my (oxygen) saturation level at 76 to 80, and sent me directly to the hospital.

“If I had not gone to the hospital when I did, I probably would have been dead by morning; I was so sick,” Lee said, adding he was in the hospital six days. “I checked in on Thursday and they got me hooked up to oxygen pretty much instantly. Friday morning, Dr. Siingh saw me and got me started on hydroxychloroquine and other antibiotics. By Sunday morning, I was starting to feel a little better, and by Wednesday I was released with oxygen.”

Not able to see her husband the entire time he was hospitalized was horrifying, Regina Lee said.

“I would call to talk to him but because he had that oxygen mask on his face, I could not really hear him,” she said.

Still on oxygen, Lee said he is weak but is getting stronger every day. Thursday’s antibody test showed he had long-acting antibodies, however, his wife tested negative for having the virus.

Dr. Singh weighed in on hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus immunity.

“There are double blind control studies being performed in multiple hospitals in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and elsewhere,” Singh said. “We will know the effectiveness of this drug after the studies are published.”

Singh said the research on antibody protection and immunity to the coronavirus is still out.

“We do not yet know about antibody protection such as how much (antibody concentration) we need, or how long we will be protected,” the physician said.

“We all still need to be very cautious even if you are IgG (antibody) positive. Continue to take proper measures including hand washing and social distancing until further data becomes available.”

Richard Lee said his experience left him with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and thankfulness to God.

“I felt His presence and comfort, and so many people, including my church family at Leesville Baptist in Bagwell, were praying for me and my family,” he said.

Lee and his wife are owners of High Cotton Kitchen, 1260 Clarksville St., scheduled to open in the near future, depending on family finances and the coronavirus pandemic, Lee said.

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