McDonald's Reopens in Downtown Biloxi
by Keith Burton 5/5/08
Ever since hurricane Katrina, restaurants along the beach highway have been few. The busy road was filled with all types of places to eat before the hurricane and now some are coming back with more on the way.
The latest to rebuild is McDonald's in Biloxi's downtown area. The new restaurant near the Hard Rock and Beau Rivage casinos opened last week and as you would expect, it is a bit higher off the ground.
The new Biloxi McDonald's is the first in that city to be rebuilt. The company's other store near Edgewater Mall is also expected to return eventually. McDonald's has rebuilt many of its restaurants that were destroyed by Katrina. Their restaurants in Waveland, Pass Christian and Long Beach reopened last year.
The new restaurant in Biloxi has an entirely different look. The former McDonald's was built in a modified bank building. The new structure is conservatively modern and seems to fit well architecturally in its location immediately east of the Biloxi Town Green.
More restaurants are coming to the Beach area in Biloxi. Hooters is rebuilding near the former location on the Biloxi Strip. The long-closed White Pillars Restaurant will reopen. That restaurant has been closed since the early 1990's. Its historic columned building survived Katrina's storm surge.
Waffle House has been busy throughout the Coast rebuilding their beachfront restaurants. The latest is their store on the Biloxi strip in the same location as their previous beachfront location near where the former Ruby Tuesday's was located. Several restaurants are nearing completion at Edgewater Village Shopping Center, they include an upscale Italian restaurant and a buffet.
Just as reminder, the first restaurant to reopen on U.S. 90 after hurricane Katrina was Mary Mahoney's in Biloxi.