Homegrown: Bar-B-Q by Jim

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal Jim Beane expanded the restaurant six years ago and tripled the seating capacity.

Thomas Wells | Daily Journal
Jim Beane expanded the restaurant six years ago and tripled the seating capacity.

Jim Beane didn’t plan to be a full-time restaurateur, but it happened 20 years ago.

The owner of Bar-B-Q by Jim in Tupelo, Beane started barbecuing with his brother-in-law, Mike Sprading with the Tupelo Hog Roasters.

“Then I started cooking for some friends for free, and then i started catering,” Beane said. “I bought this place 21 years ago, and after more than eight months of work, I opened in October 1993.”

The restaurant, across from the BancorpSouth Arena and adjacent to the former Greyhound bus station, is a popular stop for hungry diners. Plate lunches as well as a menu are available.

Barbecue – pulled pork and ribs – of course arerestaurant’s top items. But catfish, smoked chicken also have grown immensely in popularity.

Beane and his wife, Barbara, also run Cotton Boll Catering, which has its own high-volume kitchen attached to the restaurant.

Jim Beane says surrounding himself with talented and dedicated employees – including a son and daughter – has been key to the operations’ success.

“This isn’t just Bar-B-Q by Jim – it takes all of us working together,” he said.

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Owners: Jim and Barbara Beane

Est. 1993

Address: 203 Commerce St., Tupelo

Employees: 12

Phone: (662) 840-8800

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Website: www.bbqbyjim.com

Facebook: Bar-B-Q by Jim, LLC

Quote: “We try to do our best to serve good food and good portions.”