By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Downtown restaurant La Meson D’or will close its doors for good next week, unless there is a drastic change in business.
Owner Enrique Amador said the restaurant has been struggling for a few months as competition increased and customers spent less.
La Meson D’or will close Dec. 23 for Christmas. Amador then will evaluate whether it makes sense financially to reopen.
“We don’t understand because people say the food is good,” Amador said. “If we find a way to stay open, we will because it is what we like to do – serve food.”
La Meson D’or has five employees.
The restaurant moved from Pontotoc in November 2009. It started off at its Troy Street location with a French-inspired menu. Now, Amador describes the menu as “international” because it has French, Italian, Mexican and American dishes.
During the past few months, Amador has made changes to the restaurant, including adding a lunch buffet and increasing the Mexican items on the menu.
“We were trying to please more customers with what they were asking for,” he said.
The restaurant occupies a space that previously was home to two other restaurants – Boondocks Grill and The Rib Cage.
Amador said the location is good for his lunch business because of the downtown employees.
“But not for dinner,” he said. “It’s tough because so many people go to the mall for dinner.”
The dinner and bar crowds are good at the restaurant at times, he said.
But “it’s not consistent,” he said. “The restaurant business is tough because some people like the food and some people don’t. Some people like buffet. Some people don’t.”
He’s not sure what he will do if he permanently closes the restaurant.
“Right now, the idea is if nothing different happens from today, we close,” Amador said. “We would like to say ‘thank you’ for everybody who was supporting us.”
Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or firstname.lastname@example.org.