Agreement reached on new downtown eatery

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A new restaurant is on its way to Fairpark.
The Tupelo Redevelopment Agency on Wednesday reached an agreement in principle to sell a prime piece of real estate on Main Street to Slow’s Eateries LLC.
The group’s attorney is drawing up a contract with Slow’s Eateries, which is owned by Johnny Robbins, owner of Papa V’s in Fairpark, and his brother, Ben.
The Robbins brothers are expected to close on the lot where an Oby’s restaurant originally was planned. It’s next to the Renasant Center for IDEAs and across the street from the Hilton Garden Inn.
TRA bought the land back from Oby’s for $265,800 nearly two years ago after the former owners didn’t develop the land within a set time period.
Johnny Robbins said the proposed business will be a sit-down, casual restaurant with a sports bar atmosphere. It will be two stories and about 6,000 square feet. Initial plans call for it to have a small stage for live music, he said.
He’s already hired an architect.
Robbins is working on a franchise agreement with a well-known Mississippi based restaurant. He hopes to finalize the deal and announce the name soon.
“I’m very confident that it’s going to take place,” he said. “It’ll be something that everyone will enjoy. It’ll be fixed up nice.”
Once the deal closes, it will be the first time in two years that TRA has sold land in Fairpark. The last time was for the St. Jude Dream Home.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com