Tumpie House is 20 years old and its owners are ready to bring back some history and tradition.
DUBLIN, Georgia — Tumpie House, a steak and seafood restaurant, was named after Tumpie Clark who lived in the house before it became a restaurant.
Albert Clark and Tumpie lived in the house in the 1960s. Tumpie was an excellent cook and the restaurant has many of her memorabilia on the walls.
The restaurant closed 2 years ago, and Brandi Shay and her husband are taking over from the previous owner, Jimmy’s brother.
“Unfortunately things had to change for a little while,” Shay said. “But the community is waiting and they’re ready, and keeping it in the family and passing it on. We’re very happy to try again and make it work.”
The walls are lined with Elvis posters, old photos, tools, and other artifacts that showcase the restaurant’s rich history. Shay says Elvis was Tumpie’s favorite singer.
“Everything you see here here means something, it’s not just displayed up there,” she said.
Shay says customers keep coming back for the great steak and other quality food items.
“People come here for something different, for great steak, seafood that goes well with it, and unique finds,” she said.
She says the restaurant is very important to her and she wants to make its former owners proud.
“All we can hope for is another twenty years, to bring back what was originally here, to keep the quality as good as Linda and Wayne had it, what the community expects, and to maintain that tradition,” she said.
She and her husband are looking forward to welcoming the community back and hoping everyone will come out for a bite to eat.
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