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New restaurant will serve ‘the biggest burger in Tupelo’

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Biz Buzz has been wondering what’s going on with the shell building in front of Kilgore’s Supermarket  and Walls Bargain Center on South Gloster Street in Tupelo, and now we know:

It’s the future home of Super Demario’sSuper Demario's

The owner is Demario Brookings, said the drive-thru restaurant will serve “the biggest burger in Tupelo,” along with other menu items like chili cheese fries, hot wings, regular fried wings, fried fish and other fare.

It also will serve breakfast, with a variety of items. Brookings is working on the menu now, and says his restaurant is expected to open in early May.

“It’s set up to be a drive-through at first, and we’ll be adding some outside seating later,” he said.

Hours are expected to be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and he plans to serve breakfast all day, not just in the morning.

“And if you want a burger at 8 a.m, we’ll do that, too,” he said.

The building is in its third location in two years. It moved to is current site from the corner of West Main and Lumpkin, and previously it was on South Gloster near McAlister’s Deli. At that spot it was Chips and Salsa, a Mexican restaurant, and before that, it was briefly Peggy’s Place and Guthrie’s. The building originally was a Krystal years ago.

Written by Dennis Seid

April 15, 2014 at 8:36 am

Homer’s Steaks and More in Tupelo adjusts hours

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Homer’s Steaks & More at 825 W. Jefferson in Tupelo has adjusted its hours, opening an hour later during the week

Homer's Steaks & More is in the bottom right of the building.

Homer’s Steaks & More is in the bottom right of the building.

and staying open a little bit longer.

The restaurant opened earlier this month, and its new hours are Tuesday-Thursday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, Homer’s is open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The restaurant, which was closed on Sunday, also is closed now on Mondays.

Owners Tom and Kerri Horton have a combined 50 years of restaurant experience.

The phone number is (662) 260-5070.

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April 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Sonic to move on South Gloster in Tupelo, have double drive-thru

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You may remember about a year ago Biz Buzz revealed that the Sonic on South Gloster Street in Tupelo was moving a

Sonic near the South Gloster/Cliff Gookin intersection will move to this site near McAlister's Deli on Gloster. Construction is expected to be completed by August.

Sonic near the South Gloster/Cliff Gookin intersection will move to this site near McAlister’s Deli on Gloster. Construction is expected to be completed by August.

little farther north on Gloster, in the old Chips and Salsa/Peggy’s Place/Guthrie’s Chicken site in the parking lot adjacent to McAlister’s Deli.

Well, I drove by this morning, and Mark Welch with Jaco Foods in Columbus, which owns the franchise, was surveying the site with some Sonic corporate folks.

Welch said he hopes to break ground in mid-May, with construction taking about 90 days.

“So, we’re looking at opening sometime in August,” he said.

Welch said the project is a $1.5 million investment, and the relocated restaurant will feature double drive-thrus, a first in the area. There will be nine standard parking bays as well at the site.

Here’s the site plan:

Sonic site plan



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April 10, 2014 at 10:55 am

New restaurant moving into former Barnhill’s in Tupelo

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A new restaurant will be opening later this year in the former Barnhill’s Buffet restaurant site in Tupelo.

The former Barnhill's on South Gloster Street in Tupelo closed last summer.

The former Barnhill’s on South Gloster Street in Tupelo closed last summer.

Opening in its place will be … drum roll, please … Super Hibachi Buffet.

As its name suggests, it will serve Japanese and Chinese food. And did I mention there will be a buffet? The owners also own the Hibachi Buffet in Columbus.

But they’re not sure exactly when they’re opening. It will take several months to renovate the building, and they’ll be replacing everything inside. However, they’re hoping to open in the fall. It just depends on the work that’s needed to gut everything.

If you’ll recall, Barnhill’s on South Gloster Street  was shuttered last July after the state Department of Health found 10 critical violations. While the agency doesn’t have the power to shut down restaurants, it does allow them to fix those issues.

The Barnhill’s owner initially agreed to fix the problems, but later opted to close the restaurant instead.

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April 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Clarification: Only one Abner’s location files for Chapter 11

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Only one location of Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders,  filed for  Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. Abner's logo

It was reported earlier today that the entire chain had filed for bankruptcy, but founder Abner White said only one – the original location in Oxford – is affected by the filing.

The company, which was founded in 1993 by White, a former Ole Miss football player, has two locations in Oxford and one each in Brandon, Starkville, Tupelo and Cordova, Tenn.

The owner/operator of the first location, Abner’s Inc, filed Chapter 11 with the Mississippi Northern Bankruptcy Court on March 28, according to court documents.

White, in an email, wrote: “This is an issue that ONE location in Oxford has to work out, and will! No other Abner’s are a part of this bankruptcy.”

Abner’s Inc. listed assets between $1 million-$10 million, with  liabilities in the same range.

Among the creditors listed are BancorpSouth in Tupelo, Community Trust Bank in Madison and accounting firm Horne LLP in Lucedale.

A creditors’ meeting is scheduled for May 9 at 11 a.m at Oxford City Hall.


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April 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

Update: Southern Quality Meats in Pontotoc to close in June, 110 affected

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Southern Quality Meats in Pontotoc will be closed, officials announced today, with its operations merged into its sister 546Y_sqm_logo-1facility in Albertville, Ala., which is operated by Albertville Quality Foods.

SQM was established in 1962.

The move affects 110 employees, and the plant will close between June-3-17, officials said.

In a statement, SQM said:

This was an extremely difficult decision because of the impact it will have on our Mississippi employees and their families and the surrounding communities,” said Jerry Wilson, CEO.  “After careful consideration, we have determined that this action best supports our ongoing business strategies and enables us to provide the highest quality product to our customers.”   

State, county, and local officials, as well as SQM’s employees, customers and suppliers were informed earlier today of the planned plant closing.  Read the rest of this entry »

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April 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Tupelo Farmers Market named one of South’s best

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Deep South Magazine has named the Downtown Tupelo Farmers Market one of the 10 best in the Southtupelo-farmers-market

Says the magazine about farmers markets in general:

The farmers market has been boosting local economies and providing consumers with the freshest local produce since the Great Depression, when roadside stands began popping up all over the country. The South boasts some of the best farmers markets in the country, and most are set up in both major cities and small communities by May. Next time you’re wondering what to cook for dinner, stop by one of these great Southern markets and pick out something that was most likely picked just hours before.

And here’s what it said about Tupelo:

File photo | Daily Journal

File photo | Daily Journal

A Mississippi Certified Certified Farmers’ Market, this one in the home of Elvis Presley offers locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, plants, herbs, dairy products, breads, pies, cakes, pastries, pickles, jams, jellies, preserves and smoked meats. Located on South Spring Street by the railroad tracks, Tupelo’s market opens May 17 and continues through October 25. (A fundraiser dinner for the market, Feast for the Farmer, is scheduled for May 16.)

For the complete list on Deep South Magazine‘s website, click here.

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April 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm