Tupelo businesses eager to feed football fans

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – It’s not too late to get food for your Super Bowl party today. The key is to call in your orders early.
Todd’s Big Star and Papa V’s are running specials on cooked slabs of ribs and other deli items. The deadline for orders is 1 p.m. at Papa V’s. Terryle Hughes, the store’s general manager, said walk-in orders will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. The store opens at 6:30 a.m.
Todd’s said pre-ordering helps, but the deli will have plenty of extra cooked items for walk-in customers.
Todd’s and Palmer’s also have stocked extra chips, dip, meat and grilling items.
Todd’s is open today from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., while Palmer’s is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Home Chef Market has added specialty barbecue sauces and glazes for Super Bowl parties. The store in the Crye-Leike Plaza on North Gloster Street is open from noon to 4 p.m. It’s also making sausage and cheese platters, but butcher Seth Copeland said customers should call to check availability.
In the same shopping center, Lost Pizza is preparing for extra carry-out orders of pizza and wings. The locally owned restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Stores also have bulked up their cold beer quantities. In Tupelo, beer sales are allowed beginning at 1 p.m. on Sundays. That’s not the case for liquor stores, which are closed on Sundays in accordance with state law.
Pizza Doctor normally is closed on Sundays, but the Gloster Creek Village business is open today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will deliver pizza, hot wings and salad within Tupelo’s city limits.
Little Caesar’s also is open today, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. It is running a $5 special on carry-out pizzas.
In addition, the country’s big three pizza delivery companies – Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s – are taking orders. The chains are all running day-long specials on pizzas.
Hunter Brown at Domino’s on South Gloster Street said the rush will start around 3 p.m.
“Beginning of the third quarter, it starts leveling off,” he said.
He recommends that people with larger orders, such as for church functions, should call early. He also suggests online ordering if the phones are busy.
The store stops taking orders around 1 a.m. Monday.
“The more the drivers are on the road, the happier they are,” he said, adding that customers usually are better tippers today.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com