By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Downtown Tupelo restaurateurs are discussing creating a restaurant week in September.
Blair Hughes, owner of Park Heights in Fairpark, hopes to have a week in September full of food specials and good times.
She met last week with the restaurant subcommittee of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association to flesh out the idea. Romie’s Barbeque and Papa V’s Deli also were represented at the meeting.
The owners discussed how other cities conduct their restaurant weeks. Some have a set price that all participating restaurants adhere to, while others have participating restaurants offer a special for the week.
Some restaurants also involve charities, with a nonprofit organization getting a monetary donation at the end of the week.
Hughes and her group are investigating what will work best for the downtown restaurants, which vary dramatically in price and in style of meal.
“The whole purpose of having a restaurant week is to promote the restaurants downtown and to let people know that we have restaurants downtown,” said Daphene Hendricks, the marketing coordinator for Main Street, at the meeting Wednesday. “This is a start of promoting downtown Tupelo as a dining destination.”
Downtown Tupelo is home to a growing number of restaurants. They include Atlanta Bar amp& Grill, Bar-B-Q by Jim, Cafe 212, the coffee shop inside Main Attraction, Fairpark Grill, The Great American Grill inside the Hilton Garden Inn, Mrs. Robinson’s Grill, Nautical Whimsey, Papa V’s Deli, Park Heights, the Stables, A Taste of Soul and Tea for T’Arts. Level 3 in the former Benjamin’s location is temporarily closed after a fire, but plans to reopen in March. Plus, Mugshots hopes to open this December in Fairpark.