By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – After five years of giving their all, the owners of Whiteside’s Restaurant closed the doors for good on Monday.
The restaurant at the corner of Daybrite and South Green was a popular gathering spot for breakfast and lunch for a variety of customers, many of whom worked at nearby businesses and factories.
Co-owner Donna Whiteside said the combination of a still-sluggish economy, taxes and high gas prices all contributed to the closing.
“We gave it our best, and we really miss our customers,” she said. “We just had to cut our losses.”
She said with the higher gas prices and people having to choose between gas and food, she understood their decisions to cut back on eating out.
And with the rising costs of food adding an additional burden, it was just too much to overcome, she said.
Signs on the doors said, “Due to the economy and Uncle Sam, Whiteside’s is closed. Thanks for 5 years of serving you the best we could.”
The Whitesides own the land and the building as well as the equipment. Donna Whitesaid said if they can’t sell the building and land, they’ll try to sell the equipment first.
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