The former Bumpers Drive-In on South Gloster Street, which has been closed “for renovation” for quite some time, is now being renovated after all.
Crews have taken down the awning of the former restaurant, owned by Jackie’s International out of Canton.
Sunny Sethi of Jackie’s said the old Bumpers will be transformed into a Fresh Market Cafe. It has a location in Brandon near the Ross Barnett Reservoir, and Sethi said it is a concept that has taken off.
“it’s Southern cooking with a modern flair,” he said. “For example, it’s not just meatloaf – it’s applewood-smoked bacon-wrapped meatloaf.”
The restaurant, which will employ 25 to 30 people, should be open in 45 to 60 days he said.
It will be a sit-down facility, but will also have a drive-through for, as Sethi put it, “moms on the go.”
“Everything will be freshly made every day,” he said.