By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Bumpers Drive-In restaurant on South Gloster Street, which was closed almost two years ago for renovation, is finally getting its makeover.
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 in Tupelo, which will employ 25 to 30 people, should be open in 45 to 60 days, Sethi said.
Fresh Market Cafe will be a sit-down facility, but also will have a drive-through for, as Sethi put it, “moms on the go.”
“Everything will be freshly made every day,” he said.
As for the other Bumpers location on West Main Street, which also closed in August 2010, Sethi said the company owns the property and hasn’t decided what to do with it yet. He said Jackie’s bought the adjacent property next door to improve access to the site.
Renovating the Bumpers location on South Gloster and reopening it remains the priority.
“We’ll do major changes to it, and it will be unique for the area,” Sethi said.