Archive for the ‘Business Closures’ Category
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.
Last night was the last for the Waffle House on North Gloster Street near McCullough Boulevard.
Crews were emptying the location this morning, laying to rest what had been Tupelo’s oldest Waffle House, which was built in 1977.
A banner facing the street announced the store closing date for today, but it was closed last night, a Waffle House worker at the site said.
It likely didn’t help that a newer Waffle House opened earlier this summer near North Mississippi Medical Center, adjacent to Dossett Big 4 dealership and Walgreen’s.
The employees who worked at the location were shifted to that location and the other one near The Mall at Barnes Crossing.
While it was scheduled to open in June, diners are now getting their smothered, covered and chunked fix and other favorites.
It’s located next to Walgreen’s, between Dossett Big 4 and the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Meanwhile, Patron Tex Mex restaurant has been closed for several weeks in the Tupelo Commons shopping center – which houses Ashley Furniture, Hancock Fabrics, Kyoto and others.
A sign posted on Patron’s front door says it is “temporarily closed” and to “come see us at Margarita’s Mexican Grill.”
A phone number for Patron has been disconnected.
Margarita’s is on North Gloster Street, in the shopping center with Dollar Tree, Bed Bath & Beyond and David’s Bridal.
The person who answered the phone at Margarita’s said he didn’t have any more information about the future of Patron.
Kenney’s Fine Picture Framing has been run by the Kenney family since 1937. Leon Kenney begin framing 75 years ago on the second floor of his home on Allen Street. His living room served as the showroom. Bob Kenney, Leon’s son said, “Framing was always kind of a hobby” for his dad. ”He was a fine wood-craftsman. ”
He gradually added on, building a studio out back that now serves as the main shop.
Leon Kenney retired from the Post Office in 1965 and begin working full time on his business. A comedian and magician, Bob has juggled being on the road and working in Tupelo until just a few years ago.
“Tupelo was always home,” he said.
Bob and other family members have kept the business running since his father’s death in 1992. This year, Kenney’s will close for good.
“I enjoy all our customers, quite a wonderful group of people but I want more time to spend on other things,” Bob Kenney said.
Cook’s Place is closing its store and focusing on its new booth inside Joyful Creations Market (previous coverage).
The store has new hours and a cash-only policy until the last day at the end of February.
Via an email:
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New York & Co. is closing its store inside The Mall at Barnes Crossing.
It will be replaced by Express (previous coverage), mall officials confirmed today.
An employee at New York & Co. today said the store will close Jan. 26. It has about eight to 10 employees.
Construction on Express is slated to start in March, with the targeted opening of May.
Monday 8 p.m. update:
Thanks to Biz Buzz reader @st8fan21 for tipping us off today that something was wrong at Back Yard Burgers.
We went by around 7:30 tonight and sure enough, the place was closed. The big sign out front says “closed” too.
No signs were posted on the doors, the drive-through speaker/menu or the drive-through window.
Not sure if this is temporary. Will check tomorrow. Stay tuned.