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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.
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.
Little Caesars has Aberdeen and Amory on its radar for potential locations, and is seeking an entrepreneur interested in making them a reality.
“We would like to see stores in Aberdeen and Amory because both markets are ideal for development,” said Dan Ducharme, director of franchise development for Little Caesars. “We’ve had strong growth in the last 10 years and want to branch out to smaller areas where the workforce can appreciate our product,”
Nation’s Restaurant News ranked Little Caesars the fastest growing pizza franchise in the U.S. in 2012. In Northeast Mississippi, the company has franchise locations in Tupelo, Starkville, Columbus, Corinth, Booneville, Oxford and Holly Springs.
Privately held Little Caesars is the third-largest pizza chain in the U.S., trailing only Pizza Hut and Domino’s. Last year, Little Caesars pulled in $2.9 billion in sales. Overall, the company is the 19th largest food-service chain in the country, according to NRN. McDonald’s tops the list with $35.6 billion.
Detroit-based Little Caesars has opened some 450 in the past two years and has nearly 3,700 stores nationwide.
The estimated initial investment required per franchise location ranges from $221,290 to $653,540 for a standard Little Caesars carry-out location.
Our thanks to our sister publication, the Monroe County Journal for some of the story info.
Thanks to Daily Journal Corinth Bureau reporter Lena Mitchell for the news that Corinth is getting two new restaurants – Popeye’s and Cracker Barrel.
• While there have been no official plans submitted, Cracker Barrel has received a variance for a big sign for its proposed restaurant in Corinth.
Cracker Barrel will be located at 1900 Highway 72 W, which is just east of the Highway 45/Highway 72 interchange, on a former mobile home lot. Details are still sketchy at this point as to when it might open, how many it will employ, etc.
• The other new restaurant in Corinth is Popeye’s – or should we call it by it’s new official name, Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen?
Anyway, the restaurant is being built near Highway 72 and Cass Street, near Arby’s and across from Wendy’s. No word on its opening, employment, etc. yet, but we’ll pass it along when we get the details.
Magnolia BBQ & Fish has opened its third location – but it’s not in Tupelo.
Owner Daniel Rogers has opened a restaurant in Birmingham. He had a soft opening on Saturday and is having a grand opening this weekend. If you’re ever in Birmingham looking for a taste from home, the restaurant is located at 1709 N. 4th Avenue. The phone number is (205) 704-4378.
In Tupelo, Magnolia’s original location is at 1800 Briar Ridge Road. Magnolia No. 2 is located at 1500 E. Main Street.
The phone number is (662) 704-4378.
And, plate lunches have been added to the menu at both locations, if you want something other than barbecue or fish.
We mentioned a few weeks ago that JP’s was opening in the former Fusion 205/Gloster 205 location, and we can tell you that it is
It’s official name is JP’s Funky LIttle Shack.
There’s a $6 lunch special available that includes a grilled cheese on white or wheat, plus chips or homemade tomato soup and a fried cheese donut (yes, you read that right). You can add a burger patty, ham, fried green tomato and other items to the sandwich for an additional charge.
There’s a menu of appetizers and sandwiches, plus entrees, salads, kids menu and desserts
It’s open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., then reopens for diner Monday-Thursday for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight. On Saturday, it’s open from 4 p.m. to midnight.
The phone number is (662) 842-7205.