Biz Buzz: Barnhill’s restaurant closed in Tupelo after inspection

Barnhill's RestaurantBarnhill’s restaurant in Tupelo has been closed following an food inspector’s report showing 10 critical violation.

A sign on the door said the restaursnt was “Closed for repairs.

The restaurant, in fact, is closed permanently, said a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Health.

“We have been receiving complaints about the restaurant, so we made an inspection today,” said Liz Sharlot. “There were a lot of critical violations. … from improper storage to leaking pipes.”

Sharlot said the owner agreed to voluntarily shut down the restaurant to make the repairs, but later called back and said he was closing the restaurant permanently.

The report, filed today showed the buffet-style restaurant, located on South Gloster Street, was “not in compliance” for:

  • Hands cleaned and properly washed
  • Adequate hand washing facilities supplied accessible
  • Food in good condition safe and unadulterated
  • Food separated and protected
  • Food contact surface cleaned sanitized
  • Proper date marking and disposition
  • Insects rodents and animals not present
  • Hot and cold water available adequate pressure
  • Plumbing installed proper backflow devices
  • Sewage waste water properly disposed.

The Mississippi Department of Health grades restaurants from A to C. “A” is the best. “C” is the equivalent of failing, but the grade doesn’t necessarily merit the closure of a restaurant. Follow-up inspections are made, but the highest a restaurant can make is a “B” after a “C” inspection.

  • Thile

    That’s what they want you to think. All that stuff seems pretty gross, but I’m totally sure Barnhills closed because of the political climate. [SOMETHING SOMETHING OBAMA'S FAULT].

  • FrereJocques

    This is a shame, and I too have to wonder what is going on. I’ve eaten there MANY times and never gotten sick, or seen any of the unsanitary conditions they report here (although I’ve never been in the kitchen area). I really liked their food, and the prices were reasonable.

    • Steve

      I’ve never had any negative experiences there either although I haven’t been in a while. I hate to see it for the staff, especially the employees. Lots of restaurants short handed in this town though.

  • 1941641

    “but I’m totally sure Barnhills closed because of the political climate. [SOMETHING SOMETHING OBAMA'S FAULT]“.

    sounds like another Obama conspiracy theory originating right here in Tupelo, MS. I’m sure it will be investigated to find details of the source. This could be connected to the poison letters received by Sen. Wicker and President Obama. If only Mr. S.Holmes was still around to check the situation out!

    • Thile

      WELL THE ADMINISTRATION ALREADY TOOK BACK YARD BURGERS AND NOW BARNHILLS. THEY’RE TAKIN OUR FAST FOOD JOINTS SO WE CAN’T FIGHT BACK OPEN YOUR EYES SHEEPLE!!!!111!!!1!!

      • FrereJocques

        Um, I have to admit I’m puzzled. Are you serious, or is this an attempt at sarcasm or humor? What would politicians have against fast food restaurants or buffet restaurants? Why are they singling out these particular establishments? If there’s something going on, please enlighten the rest if us!

        • Thile

          No, no, nothing’s going on. Frequent contributor to the DJ comments section Steve made the claim that Backyard Burgers closed their Tupelo location because of the “political climate (an asinine reference to the Obama administration).” Several posters–including myself–pointed out that the burger joint closed due to subpar food and cheaper and better options elsewhere. Not to mention that the franchisee filed for bankruptcy in October 2012. From time to time I like to point out this moment of derp–maybe not a moment, you’ve seen his posts–to other posters. *NBC’s “the more you know” jingle plays*

  • DoubleTalk

    Any buffet in Tupelo is a target. Shoney’s breakfast bar got the ax, Barnhill’s, I see Ryans on the menue. They sell too much food too cheap at these buffet’s. People still get some value for the dollar. That’s not the Tupelo Spirit.

    • J. Turner

      I live in middle TN, and we have had ALL of our buffet style restaurants shut down. Shoneys-gone. Ryans-gone. Piccadilly’s-gone. We have one family style buffet restaurant. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts. Sheesh, they can have the greasy, fast food stuff–but dang it, leave the family-style buffets alone.

  • barney fife

    Sounds like the restaurant is being closed because the cost of the repairs / upgrades surpass the value of the business.

    • Steve

      They’d have to be losing money for them to have made this decision. Plus Tupelo is a tough town to obtain quality employees within. I hate this has happened but the hd inspection pretty much outlined the reasons. Rats and roaches will kill your business every time.

  • 1941641

    Thile:

    “No, no, nothing’s going on. Frequent contributor to the DJ comments section Steve made the claim that Backyard Burgers closed their Tupelo location because of the ‘political climate (an asinine reference to the Obama administration).’”

    “STEVE MADE THE CLAIM…”
    Well that figures. Steve alleged to be a close associate of the “Dark Side” of Tupelo crowd: Gay Haters, Liberal Haters, Obama Haters (and how), Democrat Haters, Science Haters, Immigrant Haters, Public Education Haters, Unemployment Insurance Recipient Haters, Working-Class People Haters, the whole extremist right-wing gamut of The Hated Ones.
    What is all this Hate good for? Nothing, absolutely NOTHING! As Americans, We should all be united in this struggle for survival together. Unfortunately, that is not the case, not even in some Churches where Gays are hated for their natural sexual orientation aka the Harrisburg Baptist Church. Whatever happened to the God of Love and His Church?

    • Steve

      You are one sick person. None of what you said has anything to do with how ME, or most other Christians I know actually feel. YES I said BYB demise had something to do with this political climate. Do the research. More business bankruptcies in the last 4 years than anytime in HISTORY. YOU figure it out. As far as your assertion about gays, most folks have someone close to them that is gay. I have a cousin I absolutely adore but I don’t condone her lifestyle and SHE KNOWS THAT. Other than that we have a normal relationship. YOU are the one with the problem not ME. And your view of the Church in general is demented. I feel sorry for whatever it is that caused such hatred in you. Ironic when you’re accuse Christians of being “haters” when its YOU who is spewing hate about Christians. Ironic or pathetic..take your pick. But God says I must pray for people who are lost. I don’t hate you but I certainly don’t care for your hateful attitude. And about the original premise about the business climate, could you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE learn to do your own research? If THAT happens, you won’t be her arguing with me so much. I don’t go by rumor and innuendo. I read and study to formulate my opinions. I doubt you’ve read anything but liberal web sites in your whole “adult” life.

      • 1941641

        Steve:
        “But God says I must pray for people who are lost. I don’t hate you but I certainly don’t care for your hateful attitude.”

        1941641:
        If you need to pray for “lost people” I suggest you go immediately and pray for your own “hateful,”racist, anti-Obama, AFA homophobic, pseudo-Christian self.
        And, while you’re at it, pray for God to cure your extreme false witness (lying) habit in public.

        • Steve

          But I do selfishly pray for myself. I pray that I can be wise and possess enough grace not to let myself hate someone just because they are badly behaved or even that they hate ME. That’s tough though. Loving thy “neighbor” isn’t an easy proposition. On the other hand its easy to love those that love me. I just wonder if anyone in YOUR life loves you. I pray that there is some other reason you display such hate towards others who don’t agree with you. I can honestly tell you though that my prayers are with you today. Thanks for the back and forth up til now and may God bless you and yours.

  • Steve

    Businesses fail primarily because of poor management, NOT poor employees. If you’ve got poor employees, generally the management is to blame. How would I know though. I only spent 30 years in the business. In other words, more business experience than probably anyone else here–probably more than all combined. Attack THAT! LOL You guys are too easy…and fun.

  • American Family Association

    hello. is this computer thingy wokring? can you guys hear me?

  • American Family Association

    I have it on good authority that the chicken fingers that Barnhill’s were serving had actually come from chickens that engaged in homosexual activities and other perversions of God’s law.

    The fact that this establishment is now closed serves as further vindication that the bible is 100% true and divinely inspired.

    • 1941641

      American Family Association:

      “I have it on good authority that the chicken fingers that Barnhill’s were serving had actually come from chickens that engaged in homosexual activities and other perversions of God’s law.”

      Right on, absolutely. Reliable sources reported late this afternoon that these homo-chickens were from a supplier in another state that supplied chickens mainly to Tupelo-based restaurants and fast food chains and also included the bigie Tupelo chicken server, Chic-Fil-A. Man oh man, perverted chickens. Does that include Roosters and Hens? Gays and Lesbians? What a violation of God’s Law, an Abomination. But, you know, there are two things in this world that Preachers Love more than anything else, and fried chicken is one of them!

      • American Family Association

        I have personally watched the Chic-Fil-A chicken houses during their time of breeding. Absolutely zero homosexual activites were observed in this holy chicken temple. The owners of Chic-Fil-A take great pride in instilling core Christian values in all of their chickens, right before they slaughter them.