Biloxi will get new restaurants, lounges



Two new restaurants and lounges are coming to downtown Biloxi.

On Tuesday the City Council approved Main Street Diner in the former Masonic Temple building at the corner of Main Street and Howard Avenue. Two spaces are being renovated into a restaurant that will serve lunch and dinner and a full-service bar with pool tables.

Also approved was Fat Crab’s Sports Bar and Grill in the former Java Joe’s coffee house at 834 Vieux Marche.

The restaurants should bring more life back into the downtown, said Councilman Bill Stallworth.

Councilman Tom Wall agreed, and said he’d like to see more entertainment and dining in the area.

In other action, the council voted to extend the moratorium on regulated use, specifically sexually oriented business, for 60 days.

Ben Chanek, who wants to open an adult novelty store near the Woolmarket exit of Interstate 10, said he came to the city to get a permit 10 days after the previous moratorium expired. “I was refused,” he said. The moratorium expired May 30 and Chanek said, “That was the only thing holding me up.”

The council also:

n Learned construction is scheduled to be completed July 1 on the boat slips at Point Cadet Marina.

n Approved a revised Planned Unit Development for The Oceans Club, with a hotel, restaurants and a water park.

n Tabled a request for a Mississippi cottage to be allowed at 345 Keller Street.

n Appointed Roy Mattina Jr. and Gary Gaston to serve on the Harrison County Motor Vehicle for Hire Commission.

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