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.
Now that bankrupt Furniture Brands International has completed the sale of most of its assets to KPS Capital Partners, it’s time to wind down what’s left of the company.
To that end, Furniture Brands is now FBI Wind Down Inc.
Former FBI chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary Meredith Graham, 41, is leading FBI Wind Down as it closes its books and ties up loose ends. She’ll be paid her base salary of $286,000 on a pro-rated basis. She’ll be employed up to six months.
KPS completed its $280 million purchase of Furniture Brands on Nov. 25, getting Lane, Broyhill, Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, Maitland- Smith, Henredon, Hickory Chair, Pearson, La Barge and Lane Venture.
KPS put all of the brands under control of a new company, Heritage Home Group, which has assumed Furniture Brands’ former website.
Lane Furniture Industries employed about 1,400 people in Northeast Mississippi prior to Furniture Brands’ Sept. 9 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. It’s not known how many remain employed at Lane or at the other brands. However, KPS said it would offer employment to most of the employees of the brands.
Also as a result of the KPS purchase, Ralph Scozzafava, the former CEO of Furniture Brands, and Vance Johnston, its former CFO were ousted from the company. Also let go were the presidents of Lane and Hickory Chair.
In addition, the former board of directosr for Furniture Brands – Ira D. Kaplan, Ann S. Lieff, Aubrey B. Patterson, Dr. George E. Ross and Scozzafava – was let go. (more…)
We’ve had Gray Thursday and Black Friday; then there’s Green Monday. Pretty soon, we’ll have every day of week color-coded during the Christmas shopping season..
Green Monday, however, has nothing to do with buying environmentally friendly merchandise.
Here’s an explainer RetailMeNot, the digital coupon site:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have passed, but that doesn’t mean shoppers have finished purchasing holiday gifts! Fortunately for consumers, there’s still time to save some green – on Green Monday that is.
Green Monday, coined by eBay to describe their best sales day in December, takes place on December 9 this year and has become a major online shopping day. Last year Green Monday (Dec. 10) reached $1.275 billion in spending according to ComScore data and was one of the largest days for holiday shopping behind Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Green Monday sales were $854 million in 2009 and $1.133 billion in 2011.
With the finalization of Renasant Bank‘s merger with M&F Bank, the last six of nine planned branch closures will be completed by Monday, when conversion officially happens.
On Friday, former M&F Bank locations in Tupelo – on South Gloster Street, in downtown Tupelo and on West Main Street – will close for good at 5:30 p.m.
The three remaining branches in Kosciusko, Southaven and Birmingham will close on Monday. All are former M&F Bank locations except Birmingham.
Renasant had earlier closed its Oxford Square location, and M&F’s branch in Starkville and Grenada.
John Oxford, vice president of external affairs for Renasant, said all of M&F will be fully consolidated with Renaasant, including systems, products and services.
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.”
According to the National Retail Federation, there were more people than ever before shopping from Thursday-Sunday – about 2 million more this year, to 141 million – yet overall spending was down.
The NFR said shopping totaled $57.4 billion during the four-day holiday, or about $407.02 per person, down from $423.35 a year ago.
In another report, it was a successful Small Business Saturday.
According to the 2013 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, released today by the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express, consumer awareness of Small Business Saturday across the U.S. jumped to 71 percent from 67 percent during the same period a year ago. Of those aware, 46 percent said they shopped on Small Business Saturday.
With awareness up, the end result was increased spending at small businesses. This year, consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.7 billion with independent merchants on the day, an increase of 3.6 percent from a strong $5.5 billion in 2012.
As for the NRF’s report about the weekend shopping:
More than 141 million unique shoppers have already or will have shopped by the end of the big Thanksgiving weekend, up from 139 million over the same time frame last year. For those who shopped multiple times over the weekend, the survey found more than 248 million waited in line, took advantage of big discounts offered throughout the mall and shopped on retailers websites, up from 247 million shoppers last year.
According to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics over the weekend, traffic on Thanksgiving Day itself grew 27 percent as nearly 45 million shoppers, or 31.8 percent of holiday shoppers, took advantage of special “turkey day” savings offers, up from 35 million in 2012. Black Friday was the biggest day: more than 92 million people shopped (65.2 percent) for apparel, electronics and more, up from nearly 89 million last year.
The NRF did say that the results don’t necessarily mean sales will be down overall for the entire two-month holiday season. It still forecasts a 3.9 percent increase overall compared to 2012.