- Story by Lisa Monti
The Bay St. Louis beachfront is on the verge of getting a new restaurant at the busy corner of South Beach and Court Street.
Developer Sean Anthony plans to build a two-story building with balcony seating on both floors to take advantage of the beach breezes and views, with a tucked-away corner for more intimate dining. The building will accommodate 125 diners and have bars on both levels with space for special events. The previous owner’s plans to build a condo-hotel on the property a few years ago fell through, and the land was divided into three lots.
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The Bay Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved the site plan at its Jan. 26 meeting. The City Council voted its approval of the project at its Feb. 2 meeting.
As the developer and landlord, Anthony has the lease tenant secured, and the project is in the final stages of concept and menu development. He would not reveal any more details.
Anthony did promise that the new restaurant will offer something different to guests in Old Town, where restaurants and bars are packed in and around the historic downtown, especially along Main Street and Beach Boulevard. One thing the new restaurant will have in common with its neighbors is that customers will have to use public lots and the city’s nearby garage for parking.
Anthony, who is from Pass Christian, said, “We want this development to be a good addition to this great community.”