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Slideshow: Moving the Vanelli’s Pavilion to Veterans Park

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On Sunday, Aug. 24, Vanelli’s Pavilion found a new home – Veterans Park. We thought you might like to see the process.


Veteran’s Memorial Park Gets a New Pavilion

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TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)–Veterans Memorial Park in Tupelo got a nice addition Sunday. A piece of the former Vanelli’s Greek and Italian restaurant on North Gloster St. moved to the park this weekend.

The restaurant’s owner Voz Vanelli donated his outside pavilion to the city. The April tornado destroyed his business and one of the few things left standing was the pavilion.

The pavilion now sits near the baseball fields and aquatic center. It will serve as a reminder of the Tupelo tornado.


Preparation Underway for Moving Pavilion

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IMG_8789If you have driven past the remains of Vanelli’s on North Gloster, you’ll notice the changes. We’re carefully deconstructing the shell of the building, left useless by the April 28 tornado.

You’ll also notice over on the other side of Tupelo, in Veterans Park, work crews preparing ground over by the Neely meeting room behind the Aquatic Center. That preparation will see the pavilion from Vanelli’s after it’s torn down and reconstructed.

Vanelli’s patio – or pavilion – was not damaged by the tornado. vOz donated the structure to the city, and city leaders decided to place the building in Veterans Park for people to use for events – or just to gather.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress right here. So, come back soon and often.


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Remembering the “Old” Vanelli’s

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We grew a little nostalgic today and wanted to share with you some photographs of the original – some might call it the “old”  – Vanelli’s.