TUPELO – Three new restaurants in the All-America city are set to open in a span of three weeks.
Bim Bam Burgers & Wings, Taziki’s Mediterranean Grill and Mugshots Grill & Bar will be introduced to the food and dining scene in Tupelo, starting May 11.
That’s when Bim Bam Burgers has it soft opening, said manager Barry Carroll. It will be open daily at 10:30 a.m. and managers will determine a closing time later.
“We’re fully staffed, but we’re still taking applications,” he said.
Bim Bam, based in Oxford, is taking over the spot that was once Atlanta Bread Company on South Gloster Street.
Applicants can go to the restaurant, where the beer taps were being installed on Wednesday.
Some interior renovations have been done, including a new bar that will seat 10 people. Eight patio tables will be placed outside as well, Carroll said.
Overall, more than 40 tables will seat more than 100 people in the restaurant. Seven TVs also will be installed.
“We’re ready to get it open,” he said.
• Taziki’s will be the next restaurant to open May 26.
It is located in the Kings Crossing shopping center, between Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Sports Clips.
Zell Long – who heads the Boys & Girls Club in Tupelo – her son, Jason, and Tyler Stroud will be business owners in the venture.
Zell will be vice president and secretary of operations and her son will be president.
She’ll also stay on with the Boys & Girls Club.
The Tupelo location will be the largest in the Taziki’s system so far, seating about 100 people. It will employ 20 to 30 people and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hiring has begun, and applications are being accepted at the store from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Taziki’s is a Mediterranean restaurant. The company has nearly 50 locations in 14 states. The Tupelo location will be its first in Mississippi.
• The third eatery to open will Mugshots Grill & Bar in the Fairpark District on Main Street.
It will have a soft opening May 29 and have its grand opening June 1. Business hours have not been determined yet.
Owner Johnny Robbins said he’s eager to finally open the restaurant, which has been in the works for more than two years.
Mugshots, founded in Hattiesburg more than 10 years ago, has 12 other locations.
The Tupelo restaurant will seat more than 200 people, including seating outside for 60-80 people on the wraparound patio. There also will be a fire pit outside, and it will be covered.
Robbins pointed out that the restaurant is built with reclaimed brick from a textile mill in North Carolina, along with reclaimed wood and tin from a cotton gin in Louisiana. Other reclaimed wood and barnyard wood is throughout the building, which has high ceilings and lots of glass.
One of the highlights is the copper and wood bar, which also sports copper gutters. It also will have 36 taps for craft beers.
And to entertain fans, two dozen televisions will be installed at Mugshots, including one by the fire pit.
Applications also are being taken at the location for the next six to eight weeks on weekdays. Some 40 cooks will be needed along with 55-60 servers, Robbins said.