"This is the vibe"

Welcome to Ethel Mae’s! Where the vibe is always right and the atmosphere makes you feel like family. Take a seat and make yourself at home. Our Neo-Soul menu is full of flavor a has some of favorite southern eats. Everything is made to order and made from scratch. Ethel Mae’s provides a big city vibe in the eclectic, progressive city of Tupelo, also known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley and home to Rae Sremmurd. Her craft cocktails and love people provide a great opportunity for networking and socializing.

Ethel Mae’s…  where re we serve vibes and food for neo-soul!

Ethel Mae's

Story

Ethel Mae Gates Tubbs was born September 11, 1950 to the late Ethel Lee Gates. She was born and raised in the Shake Rag Community. In the Shake Rag Community her mother, Ethel Lee Gates, owned a café called Gates BBQ that was located on Tolbert Street. So, as you can see, Demetra got her entrepreneurial spirit, love for cooking, and serving others from not only her mother, but grandmother as well.

Ethel Mae was a one-of-a-kind woman who taught her daughter, Demetra Tubbs Sherer, all that she knew about being hospitable and entertaining others. Growing up they always had guests at their house. Ethel Mae was always cooking and providing a good time to everyone that entered their home. Ethel Mae is where Demetra got her love for people and treating others the way she desires to be treated. Ethel Mae’s love language was providing amazing food and loving others. Demetra wanted to bring those same qualities to Ethel Mae’s Restaurant.

In 2005, Demetra lost her mother in a tragic car accident along with her baby brother Nathan and Aunt Vada. The restaurant in not only in memory of her mother and grandmother, but in honor of her family.

- Demetra

Ethel Mae's

Story

Ethel Mae Gates Tubbs was born September 11, 1950 to the late Ethel Lee Gates. She was born and raised in the Shake Rag Community. In the Shake Rag Community her mother, Ethel Lee Gates, owned a café called Gates BBQ that was located on Tolbert Street. So, as you can see, Demetra got her entrepreneurial spirit, love for cooking, and serving others from not only her mother, but grandmother as well.

Ethel Mae was a one-of-a-kind woman who taught her daughter, Demetra Tubbs Sherer, all that she knew about being hospitable and entertaining others. Growing up they always had guests at their house. Ethel Mae was always cooking and providing a good time to everyone that entered their home. Ethel Mae is where Demetra got her love for people and treating others the way she desires to be treated. Ethel Mae’s love language was providing amazing food and loving others. Demetra wanted to bring those same qualities to Ethel Mae’s Restaurant.

In 2005, Demetra lost her mother in a tragic car accident along with her baby brother Nathan and Aunt Vada. The restaurant in not only in memory of her mother and grandmother, but in honor of her family.

- Demetra

Event Space

Ethel Mae’s isn’t just a restaurant, we’re also an event space. Whether you have an award ceremony, a baby shower, birthdays, meetings, or anything that might need a nice space, we can accommodate you.

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Makin' em Laugh

Ethel Mae's

Join us at Ethel Mae’s on March 4 for two comedy shows! The shows will be hosted by Comedian Chestnut and will feature Ms. Arkansas and Henry Coleman.

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Giftcard

Looking for a great gift to give? We’ve got you! An Ethel Mae’s giftcard is the perfect gift. One of our team members will be glad to assist you! 

Reserve Your Seat

Ready to get your table? For $20 per person, we can hold your table for you.
(amount applied to tab upon arrival)

Get a

Giftcard

Looking for a great gift to give? We’ve got you! An Ethel Mae’s giftcard is the perfect gift. One of our team members will be glad to assist you!