Sweet Peppers Deli Franchise Systems represents over 20 years of experience in the food service industry, with six other successful restaurants among its partners. John, Bernard, and Myrrl Bean have created Harveys restaurants in Columbus, Starkville and Tupelo, Mississippi, the Grill at Jackson Square in Columbus, and the Central Station Grill in Starkville. Partner, Robin Fant created Starkville’s Bulldog Deli, the prototype for Sweet Peppers Deli. Robert Fort, the remaining partner, has worked with the Bean family restaurants since 1985.

In the mid-1990s, both the Beans and Fant were looking independently to expand. They decided to pool their resources, and opened the first Sweet Peppers Deli in Columbus in 1997.

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See how it all began with Bulldog Deli, and learn how Sweet Peppers Deli grew from a partnership between two successful North Mississippi restaurateurs.

Executive Team

Meet the Sweet Peppers Deli officers and some of our key corporate staff.