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Six New Experiences 2016 Brought Tupelo


2016 brought a lot of new to the All-America City, far more than just the six things we’ll list here. However, we have to start somewhere! If you feel like we’ve left out a crucial new experience in Tupelo (surely we have), head on over to our MyTupelo Facebook page or Twitter account and let us know! Otherwise, let’s begin.


1. Authentic Italian Neapolitan Pizza came to town.

2016 in Tupelo welcomed the opening of Anthony’s Neapolitan Pizza, an authentic Italian wood-fire pizza experience you have to taste to believe. Anthony’s can be found downtown on Troy Street, but we’re guessing you’ll smell the prosciutto and mozzarella in the oven before you see it.


2. Tupelo tested your escape skills.

Escape Rooms were all the rage in 2016 and show no signs of slowing down in 2017, as escape rooms opened up all over the nation, Tupelo welcomed two escape room businesses of its own. If you don’t know what an escape room is watch the video below from Deadbolt Escape Rooms, we have a feeling once you do you’ll want to check them out as well as try Paradox Escape Rooms too!


3. Downtown and Elvis really connected!

2016 saw a true transformation of Downtown Tupelo that connected it to the Elvis Presley Birthplace as well. The completion of the Elvis Presley Birthplace Trail in July ended a project that was over a year in the making, brought about wider and renovated downtown sidewalks, new bike lanes, lighting fixtures, crosswalks, you name it, all of which made Downtown Tupelo even more beautiful and connected it to the Elvis Presley Birthplace in East Tupelo!

downtown tupelo broadway street

(Photo found on Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association’s Facebook page.)


4. We lifted our forks on Jackson Street!

Forklift opened in 2016 on Jackson Street and quickly found its way into our hearts. The restaurant is led by chef and owner David Leathers, and features fun and creative twists on classic southern dishes.


5. Downtown quenched its thirst.

The long awaited opening of The Thirsty Devil squeezed its way into Tupelo’s 2016 as well! This bar has tons of TV’s, a great atmosphere, some rock n’ roll on most nights and a killer lunch menu to boot!

thirsty devil sandwhich beer and motocycle

(Image from The Thirsty Devil Facebook page.)


6. Tupelo welcomed back an old friend.

When Papa Vanelli’s was destroyed in a tornado in 2014, it left a hole in the town that was yearning for one more famous Greek salad or slice of pizza from Papa. Tupelo couldn’t have been happier to welcome back Papa Vanelli’s in the form of Vanelli’s Bistro, when the Italian and Greek restaurant opened its doors in a new form downtown in 2016!

vanellis bistro exterior entrance


We’re almost positive we’ve left out some things, so comment on our MyTupelo Facebook page and let us know what you loved about 2016! #MyTupelo