Mary Jo's Opens

Meridian, Miss. Meridian's newest restaurant opened its doors Wednesday, about five weeks after winning a Food Network reality show.

Mary Jo's Hot Tamales opened at Bonita Lakes Mall's food court.

You may recall Mary and Thomas Jordan competed and won the first episode of Food Court Wars. That win got them a spot at the mall rent-free for a year.

The Jordans say things were great for their first day, with large crowds on hand throughout the day.

"We've been overwhelmed," said co-owner Mary Jordan. "We've been so happy and so joyful. Meridian has really come out to support us and we appreciate you, Meridian."

This was the restaurant's soft opening. The Jordans are planning an official grand opening later, when they have some of the kinks in their operation resolved.