In 1953, Martin Lassiter had a vision. It started out small, on the corner of Silas Brown and State Street, in downtown Jackson. He opened a small grill with his wife Kathleen. They served breakfast and lunch, and appealed to all walks of life; judges to felons, and everyone in between. In approximately 1973, Martin moved his business into the old Anthony's Steak House, located on State Street, and within four months he opened his first bar, serving beer only and brown bagging the liquor. Four years later, he acquired a liquor license and became a full-service bar. In 1976, I became a Martin's "regular" and oh the stories I can tell. There was one more move for Martin's, and it came in 1984, when it relocated to its present location, which is 214 South State Street.
Martin became ill with cancer in 1987 and sold the business to me. To this very day, we still feed and serve libations to judges and felons, and everyone in between, although breakfast is no longer served.
The libations start about noon with a handful of retired or self-employed people, or road-sales people who never work after 2:00 p.m. anyway, and once again, this is a real melting pot of people. The afternoon crowd is known as the "matinee bunch." Between 4:00 and 5:00, the matinee bunch is usually just disbanding when the 5 o'clock crowd arrives, when Martin's becomes officially referred to as the "Adult Day Care." This, again, is probably the largest melting pot of people; lawyers, judges, nurses, law officers, plumbers, preachers, etc. We have even considered actually changing the bar's name to "Martin's Adult Day Care."
The "day care" portion of the day starts clearing out around 8:30 or 9:00 (except on Friday nights). We then move into the "late night crowd" and once again it's no different from the previously mentioned (except the age group, aspiring med students, young lawyers, other hospitality wait staff ... by now I'm sure you get the picture). Late night at Martin's offers live music of all genres, karaoke, and open mike night until closing time.