First Look: Humble Taco rendering released

The first renderings Shafer Zahner Zahner of Humble Taco, which is expected to open this spring on the corner of Jackson Street and Highway 182.

The first rendering has been revealed of a new fast casual restaurant coming to the corner of Jackson Street and Highway 182.

Humble Taco is expected to open late this summer and will have a facade and name inspired by the Humble Oil Company that operated a service station at the intersection dating back to the 1930s.

The restaurant will be operated by Eat Local Starkville, which is owned by Starkville attorney Brian Kelley and chef Ty Thames.

Kelley said Eat Local Starkville is hoping to open the new eatery in August.

“We want to preserve as much of the history of the building as possible,” Kelley said. “It’s one of the few remaining art deco service stations in the state from the 30s and we want to keep its original character.”

Kelley and Thames will also bring Restaurant Tyler general manager Hunter Smith into the mix for the new restaurant.

Humble Taco will add an estimated 30 new jobs to the area.

The group is currently working with Shafer Zahner Zahner architects and Jamison Fry Interior Design for the renovation and restaurant design.

The restaurant will feature the service station's garage doors in their original location, which will open onto a large patio dining area complete with a bocce ball court.


Thames said Humble Taco plans to offer something Starkville does not currently have, with both a unique restaurant space and a colorful, locally-driven menu.

Thames, a native Mississippian, studied at the New England Culinary Institute before returning to open a restaurant in Starkville with Kelley, who was his college roommate.

He previously said Humble Taco will blend together the flavors of the south with the flavors of Mexico and utilize local farmers for meats and vegetables, including a local source for corn to make made from scratch tortillas.