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Tupelo has one new restaurant opening, but another one’s future is unknown.
The Ole State Grill is the newest addition, and a soft opening is planned Friday.
But the one we’re wondering about is Eli’s BBQ Grill. It’s been closed for more than a week, and we don’t know why.
First, a little more on the Ole State Grill. It’s going In the former The Bakery location on North Gloster Street .
As you might have guessed, the restaurant’s name is a mashing together of Ole Miss and Mississippi State. And inside, there’s an Ole Miss Rebels/Hoddy Toddy wall and a MSU Bulldogs/Hail State wall for those of you who want to pick a side. There’s also a bar, but it will be for beer only. The permit awaits, however.
The Ole State Grill will serve All-American fare like freshly made burgers, phillies, patty melts, salads, fries, cole slaw, baked beans, desserts, etc. On Friday and Saturday nights, wood-fired steaks will be sold as well.
Entertainment is planned during the week as well, from live bands to karaoke.
Hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 11 to midnight.The phone number is (662) 690-1111.
Althouse has 15 years of restaurant industry experience, having worked previously at IHOP, D’Casa and Stafford’s Barbecue.
Some barbecue items will be added later, Althouse said. For now, the focus is on getting the restaurant open and seeing what diners like and want.
And now for the restaurant we’re not sure about: Eli’s BBQ Grill on West Main Street.
The restaurant was closed last week and hasn’t opened this week. No sign on the doors or windows, nobody’s answered the phone and theres been no word from management/owners about what’s happening.
Back in October, we told you that Earnest B’s Barbecue was going to open in the former Romie’s Barbecue/Rib Shack location.
The building, at 206 Troy Street, now has a sign for Earnest B’s, and the restaurant is scheduled to open in the next couple of weeks.
Earnest B’s, a longtime and popular fixture in Amory, has some tasty Texas-style ribs from what I hear.
Also, Earnest B’s likely is making a permanent move to Tupelo. Asked if that was indeed the case, he said he was concentrating on getting the Tupelo restaurant open and would have both restaurants open for some time.
Murphy Express is open on the corner of West Main and Maynard streets in Tupelo, having had a soft opening in Friday. A grand opening is planned in the next week or two.
And it seems there might be a bit of a price war going on. Earlier this morning, it was selling gas at a whopping low (for Tupelo anyway) $2.58 a gallon, according to MississippiGasPrices.com.
Biz Buzz drove by moments ago, and it’s back up to $2.78. That’s a pretty wild price swing. And of course, the Dodge’s Store and J’s Store also are at $2.78. The Kroger at Crosstown – at least for now – was at $2.86.
The Murphy Express store manager said the store, open 24 hours a day, will have the lowest prices on beer, cigarettes and gas in Tupelo. Works for me.
The store employs 13 people.
Two pilots of the American Barnstormers Tour were at Tupelo Regional Airport with their biplanes this morning to get the word out that they’ll be back in town Wednesday and Thursday to offer rides. Not for free, however – they’re $70 per passenger.
The two planes are vintage 1929 aircraft that have been fully restored.
One is a Curtis-Wright Travel Air (the blue one), and the other is a New Standard Model D-25.
David Mars pilots the Curtis-Wright through Vintage Air Tour from Jackson, while Ted Davis is the pilot-owner of the New Standard through Biplane Rides of America.
“We’re here to keep aviation history alive,” said Mars. They’ll be in Russellville, Ala., this weekend, but were swinging through Tupelo and Oxford today.
They plan to be back in Tupelo Wednesday and Thursday, offering rides around noon until about 6 each day..
Well, we’ve got another: JP’s. It’s going in the location that was most recently Fusion 205. Before that, it was Gloster 205.
And no, let’s not get it confused with the former JP’s nearby – Jefferson Place.
The new JP’s is named for co-owner Janet Patterson, whom many of you may know as the former manager at Romie’s Barbecue, which closed recently.
Patterson hopes to open JP’s on Oct. 26. The food will be basic All-American fare – sandwiches, burgers, steaks, etc., but Patterson said the food will be more reasonably priced.
There will be a full bar – three of them, in fact – along with a game room for adults with a ping pong table and electronic dartboards.
The 8,000-square-foot place has room for entertainment, too, and some of the walls are being removed to give it a more open feel. And
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, then reopen in the evenings from 4 p.m. to close. Saturday hours will be 4 p.m. to close. It will not be open on Sunday.
JP’s has a Facebook page as well
Chopstick, the new Chinese and Japanese restaurant is opening this week, either on Wednesday or Thursday.
I stopped by the restaurant in the former China Garden location on Industrial Road (and before that, it was IV’s, if you’ll recall), and the interior has gotten a nice renovation. Most of the booths have been taken out in the dining room and replaced by tables, giving it a more open floor plan.
The owners are Haiwei Zhou and his wife, Nancy. You may remember Haiwei – he was most recently the manager at Mount Fuji, and he’s been in the restaurant business for quite a few years. Nancy also has restaurant experience, having worked at China Capital and Kyoto.
Anyway, the restaurant has a buffet, but you can also order off the menu, which has a selection of – you guessed it – Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Yes, that means there will be sushi. And stuff from the hibachi grill.
Hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A lunch buffet will be available daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The phone number is (662) 842-1688 and the fax is 842-4528.
We saw some chatter over the weekend that Romie’s BBQ closed.
Indeed, we drove by the building just a few minutes ago, and a sign posted on the front door said:
Thank you for your support
Romie’s BBQ is now closed
Come see us at Romie’s Grocery 804 W. Jackson St.”
We just spoke to owner Rob Lesley at Romie’s Grocery, who said that an expanding catering business led to the move.
“We might revisit it again one day (the BBQ restaurant) but it’s been good for us,” he said.
However, there’s only so much Lesley can do, and running two restaurants and a catering operation made for a hectic life.
“We had to look at what we could give up, and there’s only one of me to go around,” he said.
As for some of the favorite menu items from Romie’s BBQ, Lesley said, rest assured, some of the more popular items will be making their way to Romie’s Grocery, including the BBQ egg rolls, BBQ nachos, turkey BLT and the Cuban sandwich.
“Well be incorporating some of them into our plate lunch menu,” he said.
As for the building itself, Lesley said he’s already gotten interest from others interested in opening another restaurant.
“I think something will open up eventually,” he said.
Romie’s BBQ opened at the now-closed Troy Street location in 2011, after spending nearly two years on Green Street in what is now Simply Sweet by Margarete.