The Cypress Cafe - New Owners, Same Menu of Faves
Go ahead and give a big sigh of relief: the chic cafe in the historic building may have new owners, but that's all that's changing.
-by Ana Balka
In fact, Lemoine-Raymond continues to come in on occasion to expedite, wait a table here and there, and help keep things running smoothly for this early stage of the Forstalls’ ownership. 16-year-old Sophia Forstall, a rising junior at Bay High, works with the rest of the front-of-house team, in her first job. “So far she thinks it’s ok” working for her parents, Sue says.
The café’s contemporary décor is a fun counterpoint to its stately historic home – the former Bay St. Louis City Hall, located in the heart of Old Town. Built in 1905, the building’s award-winning restoration was completed in 2011. The Cypress Café occupies the entire ground floor (which includes the city's former jail, which makes for great story-telling).
In addition to a spacious dining area, patrons can also relax under the eaves of the porch or at tables tucked beside a magnificent live oak - complete with a picture-perfect shoofly deck.
The Cypress Café is situated just a few steps from the Depot District (with its picturesque duck pond) and only a block from Old Town’s main shopping area. With its stellar combination of good food and comfortable atmosphere over the past three years, it's established itself as one of the Bay's favorite lunch spots.
Cypress chefs Toni Buhler and Sherry Prater continue to prepare a full menu of salads, sandwiches, and burgers, many of which are named for locals. Right now Sue’s favorites are the Farmer’s Salad and the Panini by the Bay. “No, wait,” she says. “The tuxedo cake. It’s made with mascarpone cheese, chocolate mousse... It’s heaven on a plate.”
And her favorite thing about owning the Cypress Cafe so far? “The look on Steve’s face when he walks in and knows it’s his,” Sue says. “He’s always been a fan of the cafe. It was his idea—he and Holly talked about it and they worked on it before I got involved.”
She laughs. “Of course I was asking if he was out of his mind when I first heard the idea, but you’ve gotta take a chance now and then. It’s such a cool little restaurant.”