By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
Terry Gurley grew up in the restaurant business, so it wasn’t a surprise when he opened a restaurant in Guntown with his wife, Barbara.
Gurley’s Restaurant will celebrate 11 years in business this September.
The restaurant is known for its home-cooked Southern-style food. Cornbread is made fresh daily, as are the fried pies and fried chicken.
Popular items include fried fish, steak, fried oysters, grilled chicken, fried chicken livers, hamburger steak and scalloped potatoes.
Lunch customers build and customize their own plates, creating a meat and two vegetables or any other alternative they want.
“That’s the reason we’ve got such a variety because people like a lot of different things,” Terry Gurley said. “We just try to give people a great meal for a nominal price.”
The Gurleys have learned to be quick, so employees from nearby businesses, such as Toyota supplier Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi, can get in and out during their lunch break.
The owners spend a lot of time at the restaurant – Terry normally gets there at 6 a.m. – but they have other jobs, too.
Barbara Gurley works as a switchboard operator in Tupelo and Terry Gurley raises cattle on their farm just outside Guntown’s city limits.
“We spend our money here,” Terry Gurley said. “We make our money here. It doesn’t go anywhere else. We look for local support because we spend our money local.”