Sponsor Spotlight - November 2018
- story by Lisa Monti
A dozen years ago, the Mockingbird Cafe started out as a bright, welcoming spot to meet for coffee and conversation in the midst of post-Katrina cleanup. Soon after opening in a historic building with a unique three-sided porch, the cafe became known as the community’s comfortable living room.
The coffeeshop maintains its homey feel but has become so much more. It’s known as a go-to dining spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch (and later for special events).
It’s also a favorite venue for live entertainment, revolving displays of art and a destination to enjoy wine and craft cocktails along with camaraderie.
She and the dedicated Mockingbird team led by longtime managers Laura Hurt and Whitney LaFrance have succeeded in making everyone feel welcome, well fed and entertained.
Schwabacher says, “Our Mockingbird team gets it—we are all ambassadors of Bay St. Louis.” She adds that the Bird’s success is also due to her supportive partner Rebekah and her tireless work.
So it’s no surprise that fans range in age and interest. Students from nearby schools come in search of an afternoon treat. Runners and bike riders meet up post-workout for a cold beer and a bit. Families and friends file in for a lively weekend brunch gathering.
Special event nights also draw big crowds, spilling outside and on to sidewalks for Second Saturday and the seasonal Mr. Atticus Night Market, coordinated by Aryana Ivey, on the last Friday of the month.
To keep things fresh and interesting, the ‘Bird remains a work in progress. The hugely popular brunch service was added a couple of years ago and it’s been a runaway hit thanks to a talented and creative kitchen crew led by Robin Hayes.
The signature Mockingburger shines on the lunch menu, along with
the Summer Garden Burger, sandwiches, salads and the Frittata of the Bay.
Some recent refinements include an expansion behind the bar area to make the friendly service even more efficient. The ‘Bird also recently added libations - craft cocktails and wine - to its offerings. Brunch options include a flight of mimosas - the classic strawberry and watermelon - and the appropriately named Tequila Mockingbird plus dynamite Bloody Marys.
And to make your day run a bit more smoothly, customers now can order coffee, tea and cold drinks online so it’s ready for pickup when you get to the counter.
110 South Second Street
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Order coffee drinks online
Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Open later for special events