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Longtime Southern Restaurant in Inman Square Will Close This Weekend

Tupelo cited difficulty finding staff in a Facebook post

Tupelo in Cambridge
Tupelo in Cambridge
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Popular Inman Square restaurant Tupelo is closing its doors on Sunday, October 7, after nearly a decade in business. The restaurant announced the closure on its Facebook page, with “deep regret,” noting that there would be one final brunch service that day. A separate post suggested some classic dishes for customers’ “last supper” at the restaurant: fried chicken (one of the best versions in town), oyster po’ boys, and creamy cheddar grits.

In response to patrons questioning the closure, Tupelo wrote that it’s been “very difficult to find staff.” Staffing has become a major issue for restaurants nationwide over the last few years.

Owners Renee McLeod and Mike Walker opened Tupelo in 2009, serving cuisine inspired by the South with touches of New England: sautéed chicken livers, pimento cheese, fried chicken, Cajun gumbo, and lots more. The restaurant has been a popular brunch destination over the years and also hosted a variety of events, such as weekly “cheap date nights.”

McLeod also runs Petsi Pies, which shuttered its East Cambridge location in August but remains open at a Somerville location near Porter Square and a Cambridge location near Harvard Square. A cafe and baking supply shop will take over the East Cambridge Petsi Pies space this fall.

Eater has reached out to Tupelo for comment and will update this post if new information becomes available.

Note: October 7 is also the final day to say goodbye to Brasserie Jo, closing at the Colonnade Hotel in Back Bay after 20 years.

Tupelo in Cambridge’s Inman Square Is Closing [BRT]
A Worker Shortage Is Forcing Restaurants to Get Creative [WP]
East Cambridge Loses a Source for Pies [EBOS]


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