A new restaurant being built in downtown Bay St. Louis will feature high-end Asian fusion cuisine, sushi, and a rooftop bar with cocktails and water views.
- by Lisa Monti
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Soon, residents and visitors won’t have far to drive to satisfy their cravings for sushi. An Asian-fusion restaurant is under construction at 108 Court Street, and the owners plan to open by next summer.
The as-yet-unnamed restaurant will be managed by Jourdan and Lloyd Nicaud and Wesley Newell. Jourdan Nicaud has already hired two sushi chefs ahead of the planned June 2024 opening of the restaurant.
The two-story restaurant is owned by Richard and Mary Martin Roth, who have developed several projects in New Orleans. Kane Construction is the contractor on the project.
Jourdan said the food and drink menus will offer customers unique choices featuring top-quality ingredients such as bluefin tuna and a variety of caviar. There will be some traditional sushi offerings, but most dishes will be Asian fusion. “Our goal is to be a higher-end Asian restaurant that does sushi,” he said.
Appetizers will cost around $15 to $30, and sushi rolls will range from under $10 to $25.
Chef Field Nicaud of Field’s Steak & Oyster Bar on Main Street will also head the kitchen on Court Street. The Nicaud brothers and their sushi chefs are rounding out a menu for the new restaurant that will feature fresh local ingredients in dishes such as tempura oysters, crab-fried rice, and buns stuffed with soft-shell crab.
Customers will also be able to cook pieces of Kobe beef on hot lava rocks at their table.
The rooftop bar will serve Asian-inspired cocktails such as lychee martinis and several kinds of sake. Bar customers will be able to order from the restaurant menu.
“The goal is to have something that the area doesn’t already have,” Nicaud said. “We are very, very excited about it.”
The first floor, which will have a small bar, will seat 60 guests. The rooftop bar area, which will be open all year, will have around 40 seats. When the weather turns, the rooftop area can be closed off and warmed with heaters.
Nicaud said the restaurant will be open five days a week for dinner only. Carry-out service will also be available.
The Nicauds own the two Fields locations in the Bay and Ocean Springs, the Bacchus on the Beach venues in Pass Christian and Ocean Springs, The Deck TexMex spot next to Bacchus in the Pass, and The Rooftop in Ocean Springs.
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