Shoney’s future looks grim in Tupelo

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The long-anticipated renovation of Shoney’s apparently won’t happen.
Workers on Tuesday used tarps to cover all the signs at Shoney’s on North Gloster Street in Tupelo.
The restaurant at 706 Hillcrest Drive has been “temporarily closed” since May 13. A sign was posted at the time inside the door saying the restaurant was closed for renovation and would reopen soon.
Tuesday was the first time crews have been seen on the property since May.
The restaurant’s phone number also has been disconnected.
Workers with the sign company said they were told to cover the signs because the restaurant is permanently closed.
The workers covered the signs on the building, by the entrance and facing the North Gloster Street/McCullough Boulevard intersection.
Shoney’s Corinth location also closed in May and the signs were taken down then. Its phone number also has been disconnected.
Tupelo and Corinth both have been removed from Shoney’s location list on its website.
Shoney’s corporate office in Nashville has not commented on the restaurants’ future since a May news release, which said the company planned to renovate the Tupelo location.
Officials didn’t return requests for information Tuesday.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com