New restaurant pays homage to owner’s father

Dennis Seid | Daily Journal Homer's Steakhouse Diner, at 825 West Jefferson, will seat 50.

Dennis Seid | Daily Journal
Homer’s Steakhouse Diner, at 825 West Jefferson, will seat 50.

By Dennis Seid

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Homer’s Steakhouse & More is expected to open later this week at 825 W. Jefferson St., a familiar spot.

The location most recently was home to Shanti Yoga, but before that, diners knew it as the former location for Park Heights, as well as for Bistro at Park and Tiger Lilly Cafe.

Homer’s owners, Tom and Kerri Horton, have a combined 50 years of restaurant experience, and they think the location is ideal.

“We fell in love with the place as soon as we saw it,” Kerri Horton said.

The restaurant is named for Horton’s father, the late Dr. Homer Horton, a founder of Tupelo Anesthesia Group. He was a lover of steaks, Tom Horton said.

The restaurant initially will open for dinner only, from 4 to 9:30 p.m Monday-Thursday and from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

The phone number is (662) 260-5070.

The restaurant will seat 50 diners, but there is a banquet room that could be opened later, the Hortons said.

On the menu are steaks, of course.

Prime rib, New York strip, ribeye … just about every cut is available, and not limited like the selection at other restaurants, the Hortons said.

Some seafood also will be on the menu, and other items are being tweaked.

And Tom Horton, who will be running the kitchen, knows a thing or two about steaks. He’s been a kitchen manager for restaurants like Houston’s in Memphis and Copeland’s, and he was involved with Doe’s Eat Place when it was open in Tupelo.

According to Tom Horton, one of the items on the menu at Homer’s will be a version of Dr. Horton’s favorite, what his son calls the “Homer cut” or the “glutton cut” – a two-inch ribeye.

“He used to buy his meat from Todd’s (Big Star), and he’d always ask for the Homer cut,” Horton said with a laugh.