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The location opened in January 2013.
We had heard there was a sign on the doors recently that said it was closed for the season.
But it’s now gone for good, and the space is available for lease.
Those two franchise locations opened in 2012.
Tutti Frutti, which was founded in California in 2008, has more than 580 locations in the U.S. and worldwide, including Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Tahiti and Mexico.
We told you a couple of weeks ago that Grady’s is opening on the corner of Daybrite and South Green, and it looks like it will open during Spring Break week.
Biz Buzz stopped by the restaurant yesterday, and the owners were working in the kitchen, getting things set up. The building still needs a little paint and trim on the exterior, they said.
Out front is the famous bull that adorned the original Grady’s, which happens to be this very same spot.
The location was most recently Jed’s Gumtree Cafe, and before that, Gumtree Cafe. It’s also been Spencer’s and Whiteside’s.
The bull – which has seen better days – will stay outside, welded to a trailer, so it’ll be tougher to take it and say, put it on the roof of the high school.
As a reminder, the new Grady’s won’t be quite like the old Grady’s 10-cent Hamburger place. Instead it will offer a daily lunch buffet from which diners can choose and entree and vegetables.
Here’s what we said a couple of weeks back:
Some of the old family recipes will be employed, including its country fried steak, bone-in pork chop sandwich, homemade mustard relish and sauces and vegetables. A southern food buffet line will be in place like the other restaurants that have been there. And of course the hamburger, but rest assured it won’t be selling for 10 cents.
The frame on the new Firehouse Subs in Tupelo finally started going up this weekend.
The restaurant is on West Main Street, next to the ATT store, and across the street from Anytime Fitness, Wendy’s and Starbucks.
Franchise owner Chris Stephenson, who opened his Oxford Firehouse Subs in 2011, said Friday that he’s hoping to get the restaurant open by late spring/early summer – that means late May/early June.
The restaurant is expected to seat about 60 people and employ about 20 full- and part-time employees.
The Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain has more than 730 locations in 39 states and PuertoRico. In Mississippi, there are locations in Biloxi, Flowood, Hattiesburg, Oxford, Starkville, Hattiesburg and Southaven.
First, Ms. Ruth’s in Verona is back!
You’ll remember she closed in December, is back by popular demand, it seems. Here’s an email that’s been sent:
Ms. Ruth’s long-time, loyal customers have spoken and Ms. Ruth listened. They told her they missed three things – her wonderful tasty food, the interesting atmosphere of her Verona location, and always seeing their friends when they went to eat at Ms. Ruth’s in Verona. Well all that has been taken care of with the re-opening of the Verona location last Friday.
There is a whole new wall of Elvis memorabilia and new lower pricing and food service. Plus now she open at 7 a.m. and offers a full cooked-to-order breakfast. And has added salads, hamburgers to the lunch menu, and a Mexican burrito bar is coming soon.
Dine in or carry out Monday – Friday, lunch served 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Slowly but surely, Firehouse Subs is getting its store built in Tupelo.
You’ll remember it’s been a long work in progress for the project (click here for previous coverage), but the restaurant will sit on the former Dixie Gas site on West Main Street, sandwiched (pun intended) between the AT&T store and West Main Church of Christ.
When we last spoke to franchise owner Chris Stephenson, he said it would take 4-5 months once construction began to have the store open. So, if that’s still the plan, it will be late spring/early summer before Firehouse Subs is open, and not April/May as originally stated.
But you never know – if construction picks up, it could open by then. We’ll check in with him ASAP. It’s lunchtime as I write this, and probably not a good time to get him on the phone at his Oxford location.
Wingstop is building stores in Northeast Mississippi, with Tupelo and Starkville on the list first, followed by Oxford.
We spoke to John Albriton, who has the franchise rights to develop the area, and he’s looking to build in those cities, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., plus two more in places yet to be determined.
In Tupelo, the Wingstop will be at 2590 West Main Street, at the corner of Thomas and West Main. You probably remember it most recently operating as a Verizon store.
Albriton is opening bids Thursday for construction, and if things go according to plan, construction will begin March 3.
He said it’s too early to determine a construction timeline right now but should know more Thursday.
Wingstop was founded in 1994 “with the idea of serving the ultimate buffalo-style chicken wings and providing a superior guest experience at an exceptional value, every day,” according to its website.
More from Wingstop:
We’re the Wing Experts, and that means we keep the sole focus on saucing and tossing wings, boneless wings, strips and Glider sandwiches that are cooked-to-order and served piping hot in your choice of 10 savory flavors. Thanks to that dedication to quality product, we’ve sold over two billion wings!
From national taste tests, ‘best of’ reader polls and industry rankings, Wingstop continues to win rave reviews.
As we continue to expand, we hold true to the original concept that our fresh, made-to-order wings and chicken remain the only center of the plate item on the menu.
Kilgore’s Supermarket, which has been around since at least the early 1970s, is starting a major renovation.
Modern, efficient LED-lit coolers and freezers will replace the old ones on the sales floor.
But the bulk of the work won’t be seen by customers. New cold prep areas in the back of the store and an expansion in the warehouse are part of the project.
The facade of the building also will be renovated, but that’s secondary to the work inside.
And if you’ll recall, Kilgore’s became a part of Food Giant last year, but retained its name.
READ MORE in Saturday’s Daily Journal.