Popular Southern food restaurant Tupelo is closing this weekend

Sunday is the last day of service.

TupeloAt Tupelo, chef Rembs Layman serves “comfort food with a Southern drawl’’ — and a slightly lower profile. 1193 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-868-0004. tupelo02139.comPictured: Etouffee at Tupelo.
Southern restaurant Tupelo will close on Sunday. –The Boston Globe

Fans of Tupelo, a Southern food restaurant in Inman Square, received disappointing news on Tuesday night when Tupelo announced on Facebook that the restaurant will serve its final meal on Sunday, October 7.

In a subsequent post, Tupelo expressed appreciation to its customers and staff:

“The last supper: fried chicken, oyster po’boys and those creamy cheddar grits. Come to Tupelo by October 7th before we close our doors for good! We would like to thank our wonderful customers and most of all, our dedicated staff who made the place the special place that it has become.”

Responding to a Facebook comment asking why Tupelo was closing, the restaurant responded that it was “very difficult to find staff.”

Mike Walker and Renee McLeod opened the Cambridge Street restaurant in 2009, serving fried chicken, gumbo, blackened catfish, and ribs, along with popular brunch offerings. The space will close after one last brunch service, with fried chicken and waffles and buttermilk biscuits among the final dishes coming out of the kitchen.

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Representatives from the restaurant did not immediately respond to requests for comment.