By Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Ms. Ruth’s Diner in Verona is set to close next week for good.
The Southern restaurant will serve its last buffet lunch Nov. 21, according to owner Ruth Bramlett.
Fans of Ms. Ruth’s can still get their fix at Ms. Ruth’s Express, which is inside Gloster Creek Village in Tupelo. Bramlett’s daughter, Johnette, runs the daily operations at the Tupelo restaurant.
While the Verona location has an all-you-can-eat buffet, the Tupelo restaurant charges per item.
Ms. Ruth’s has earned a reputation for Southern comfort food. The restaurant serves favorites such as banana pudding, barbecue chicken, cobbler, pie, chicken strips, salmon patties, fried chicken, ham and dressing, hamburger steaks, greens and mashed potatoes.
Ruth Bramlett said business has slowed down this year. Her daughter thinks a number of factors contributed, including the economy, construction on South Gloster Street and new restaurants opening.
In addition, Johnette Bramlett said it’s tough to have an all-you-can-eat buffet because you never know how much to cook.
Her mother said the presidential election also factored into her decision.
“Obamacare went in,” she said. “I’m not having any employees.”
Ms. Ruth’s Diner, at 307 College Ave., will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the next week. After Thanksgiving, it will be available by reservation for holiday parties and catering events.
Ms. Ruth’s Express in Tupelo is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It also offers catering and casseroles-to-go.