Area leaders participated in the ribbon cutting for the new Bloomo Diner recently. Front Row: Left to Right Makenzie Eubanks, Anna Bowen, Jodi Williams, Bella Eubanks, Sara Eubanks, Bailey Warren, Cheryl Wilkerson, Kassie Cox, Dennis Williams, Rhonda Williams, Janice Payne, Cameron King, Shelby Greenwood, Jackie Hester, Pam Smith, Lee Bowen. Second Row: Left to Right Rev. Billy James, Joe Williams, Michael Williams, Yescina Smith, Keith Lillis, Jerry Goforth, John King, Jeremy Chalmers, James A. Young, Greg Smith, Hannah Moore, Tim Moore
Area leaders participated in the ribbon cutting for the new Bloomo Diner recently. Front Row: Left to Right Makenzie Eubanks, Anna Bowen, Jodi Williams, Bella Eubanks, Sara Eubanks, Bailey Warren, Cheryl Wilkerson, Kassie Cox, Dennis Williams, Rhonda Williams, Janice Payne, Cameron King, Shelby Greenwood, Jackie Hester, Pam Smith, Lee Bowen. Second Row: Left to Right Rev. Billy James, Joe Williams, Michael Williams, Yescina Smith, Keith Lillis, Jerry Goforth, John King, Jeremy Chalmers, James A. Young, Greg Smith, Hannah Moore, Tim Moore

The historic Bloomo Junction has a new lease on life, thanks to new owners Dennis and Rhonda Williams who have repurposed the former grocery store and deli into Bloomo Diner featuring barbecue and a number of traditional southern items.

The couple purchased the business in April 2018 and they officially opened for business May 26 and hosted a ribbon cutting event June 1.




The enterprise is an expansion of the couple’s catering business that began sometime after they moved back to Neshoba County in 2005.

“We moved back from the Jackson area in 2005,” Dennis Williams said. “I grew up in Union and Rhonda is from Neshoba County.”

Dennis said he was originally in the automotive shop equipment business, but most recently worked at the Piggly Wiggly in Collinsville.

As part of his work there he and his wife developed a catering business. “We had a catering business that just grew and grew,” he said.

Then the door of opportunity opened for the couple when the former Bloomo Junction became available for purchase.

“We were aware of the importance of the history of the place to the community,” Dennis Williams said. “When the opportunity became available and the price became attractive we made the decision to purchase the business.”

In keeping with the history, Williams noted that the couple retained the back room of the building in much the same way it had been.

The mural painted on the wall has been retained, as have the historical photos lining the walls.

“We left the back the way it was, we did change up the décor in the front,” he said. “We removed the corrugated tin and replaced it with cedar and we changed the color of the paint. The kitchen and the flooring are the same as they have always been.”

The history Williams spoke of dates back several decades. Former Bloomo Junction owner Pam Smith, who owns City Limits in Philadelphia, said she purchased what was the former Jones Grocery and Deli in 1991 and bulldozed that structure to build Bloomo Junction.

Smith said that the store, known as Bloomo Junction Grocery and Deli was a convenience store and restaurant with tables in the back. She noted that the original structure included only the front portion. The back portion of Bloomo Junction was added in 1995. Smith said she kept operating the Junction until April 2018 when she sold the store to the Williams.

The diner is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday is barbecue night and features smoked chicken, ribs and pulled pork as possible entrees with French fries, potato salad, cole slaw and baked beans as side items.

The menu also features a kids menu.

Friday and Saturday evenings include such choices as ribeye steaks, hamburger steak, country fried steak, fried or grilled pork chops and fried or grilled chicken, fish or shrimp. Additional sides are available including corn nuggets, okra and other items.

Williams said the couple’s goal is to maintain the tradition while catering to a new generation of diners.

“I feel like we have a reputation to uphold,” he said. “We feel like we have some big shoes to fill.”

The diner also offers all of its items for takeout and Williams said that if business goes well there is the opportunity at expansion.

Currently the restaurant has 10 employees including four kitchen staff members and six waitresses.

The diner is located five miles southeast of Philadelphia on Highway 486.