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If you’re thinking about going out in the rain and cold to eat tonight, be careful. Meanwhile, here are restaurant inspections around Northeast Mississippi done Nov. 26-Dec. 5.
The state Department of Health regularly inspects restaurants and food facilities. The facilities are graded from A to C. “A” is the best. “C” is the equivalent of failing, but the inspection isn’t bad enough to merit the closure of the restaurant.
- LEE COUNTY: (Baldwyn) Pizza Factory, Twenty Mile Fish Lake (Mooreville) Mooreville High School, Mooreville Elementary, Two Sisters; (Shannon) Griggs Grocery’s Deli, J&G One Stop; (Shannon) Smokey’s; (Tupelo) Papa Vanelli’s Pizzaria, Captain D’s – North Gloster, Palmetto Quick Stop, Sprint Mart #49, Newk’s Express Cafe, Mt. Fuji, Don Julio, Japanese Express,
- LAFAYETTE COUNTY: The Skate Place, Taqveria El Milagro, Taqueria El Milagro Bar, Oak Hill Stables, Carter’s Place, Harmons
- ALCORN COUNTY: Rienzi School, Corinth High School, Alcorn Central Elementary, Alcorn Central High, Glen School, Biggersville School, Kossuth School, Cafe Mike’s, Country Cottage, Kossuth Elementary, Tab & JoAnn Concession, Corinth Elementary, Grandmother Iron Skillet Kitchen, JT’z Read the rest of this entry »
A lot of you have been watching the progress on Earnest B’s Barbecue in downtown Tupelo, and I’m happy to report that the restaurant is having its grand opening on Tuesday.
The restaurant, located at 206 Troy Street in downtown Tupelo, will be open Monday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will be closed on Sundays
Earnest B. Morgan and his wife, Cicely, are the owners.
And yes, they have closed their old Amory location after a great five-year run.
Earnest B. at first wanted to keep both restaurants going, but decided he would be spread a little too thin to keep it up. So, he’s all in with the Tupelo location, which is the former spot of the Rib Cage, and most recently, Romie’s Barbecue.
Earnest B’s specializes in Texas-style ribs, which means it’s a combination of the dry rub, the smoke and the special sauce, “Momma’s Sweet Heat” barbecue sauce, which was developed by his mother.
The restaurant will serve beef, pork, hicken, turkey, nachos, sides and other items you would expect.
No beer or alcohol will be served. Morgan is a pastor and said the focus of the restaurant is “family, food and fun.”
We’ll have a more extensive interview in Saturday’s Daily Journal. But we wanted to get the initial news out now to ya.
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.
Applebee’s is adding 100,000 tablets to every table and many bars at its nearly 1,900 locations by the end of next year.
Customers will be able to add food and drinks to their existing orders, play games and pay for their meals at their seats.
Chili’s started adding tablets this year to its nearly 1,300 locations and should be finished by the first half of 2014.
According to BusinessWeek:
For now, at least, the computers won’t take over for human employees. Applebee’s says it’s not changing staffing levels in restaurants as the tablets are installed.
Applebee’s chose a startup named E La Carte, largely because of its Silicon Valley pedigree. The company came through the Y Combinator accelerator program, and Intel is a major investor. The tablets run on the Android operating system.
The Tupelo Craft Beer Festival‘s second run will be held at a later date and a different location than this year’s inaugural event.
The festival will be held March 22, three weeks later than it was this year. Also, it will be held in the Fairpark District instead of Veterans Park.
Matt Leff of Rhizome Productions, which is putting together the festival for the second straight year, said this year’s event was a success, even though attendance was short of the 1,500 he had hoped for.
“This was our first year, craft beer in Mississippi was a fairly new concept, it had snowed the day before. … all in all, it did well,” he said.
Veterans Park is an ”underutilized site,” and moving the festival to downtown Tupelo in Fairpark was ideal.
Leff said the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association approached him about moving the event to Fairpark, an idea he favored.
“We wanted to go there last year, but due to some scheduling conflicts we weren’t able to,” he said. “We also had to prove ourselves. … and I think we’ve done that.”
Debbie Brangenberg, the executive director of DTMSA, said having the Tupelo Craft Beer Festival to Fairpark, is a “perfect fit for downtown.”
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday and earlier deadlines, we’re giving you the food inspections report a couple of days early, The inspections were filed from last Friday through today.
The state Department of Health regularly inspects restaurants and food facilities.
The facilities are graded from A to C. “A” is the best. “C” is the equivalent of failing, but the inspection isn’t bad enough to merit the closure of the restaurant.
The following Northeast Mississippi facilities were inspected between Nov. 22-26. The facilities are listed as they are in the MSDH system, even if there are typos.
LEE COUNTY: Old W Fish & Steak
LAFAYETTE COUNTY: Tiena El Carreton, BP 334, Blue Bunnie BP 334
ALCORN COUNTY: Subway #15568 (N. Harper Road, Corinth), Qaulity Inn, Ginger’s, Sweet Pepper’s
CHICKASAW COUNTY: Sonic Drive In (Okolona, Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home, M&M Mart (Okolona)
CLAY COUNTY: Hoovers Bakery, Cathy’s Restaurant, Chad’s Cafe, Anthony’s Good Food Market, Cafe Ritz
ITAWAMBA COUNTY: Pizza Hut, Dynast 78
MONROE COUNTY: (Amory )Kentucky Fried Chicken, Golden Living Center, Pizza Hut, El Rey Mexican Restaurant, Gilmore Memorial Hospital/Morrison Healthcare
OKTIBBEHA COUNTY: Zaxby’s, Mugshots Grill & Bar, Vickers Personal Care Home, Days Inn & Suites
PRENIISS COUNTY:Wheeler Grocery, Baldwyn Mini Mart
TIPPAH COUNTY: City Avenue Catering (Ripley)
Huddle House (Amory), Mi Hacienda (Starkville), Blue Mountain BP, Food Giant #272 (Ripley)
T Mart (206 Hwy 278 East, Amory)
If you missed it in today’s Daily Journal, here’s a story about restaurants open on Thanksgiving. If you’re outside Tupelo, be sure to check with your local favorite eatery. Just didn’t have time to call everybody in Northeast Mississippi, so we concentrated on where a lot of folks will be shopping on Turkey Day.
- The Hilton Garden Inn will serve breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. – but it won’t serve lunch or dinner.
- At the Summit Center, serving a Thanksgiving meal has been a tradition, and owner Jimmy Pappas expects several hundred people to enjoy turkey, fried catfish, pork medallions, ham, roast beef, soups, salads and desserts.
- For some Greek, Italian as well as some Thanksgiving fare, Vanelli’s is open all day.
- Woody’s is again serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with ham, roast turkey, deep fried turkey, vegetables, breads and desserts.
- Todd’s Big Star will be open, and its deli will have turkey and ham among its choices. The store is open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- Dodges, Cracker Barrel, Ryan’s, Waffle House, Huddle House and IHOP are open with regular hours.
- Most fast-food restaurants will be closed, but all McDonald’s locations are open 24 hours.
- Sonic on West Main Street will open at 3 p.m., while the location on North Gloster Street opens at 9 a.m. and stays open until 3 a.m. Friday.
- Pizza Hut on West Main Street is open at 4 p.m., but other locations are closed all day.
- JP’s Funky Little Shack opens at 4 p.m., as does Applebee’s and Subway locations.
- Some stores at The Mall at Barnes Crossing will open at 8 p.m. – the mall itself opens at midnight – and some food court restaurants will open as well. Sbarro, Peppers Express and Steak Escape will open at 8 p.m., while Chick-Fil-A and Magic Wok open at midnight.