Biloxi’s latest restaurant Mugs for the camera

Mugshots Grill and Bar, a $4 million investment employing about 50 people, opened for business this morning on Main Street in downtown Biloxi, a signal of what Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich says will be a banner year.

Gilich and Councilmember George Lawrence were the first customers at the 7,000-square-foot restaurant, which adds a decidedly sports-oriented flavor to its former Edgewater Village location, where burgers were a huge draw.

“We’re definitely excited about this new addition to our growing downtown lineup,” Gilich said. “The Mugshots folks already made a significant investment just next door with ‘Patio FoFo.’ Then, of course, Southport opened several weeks ago around the corner on Howard Avenue, and we’re anxiously working to help Le Cafe Beignet open across from Half Shell, in the old Biloxi library on Lameuse Street.

“These are just a few signs of the things to come in downtown Biloxi, and we’ll be seeing more in 2018.”
Video: See the Mugshots opening this morning
City Desk: Hear from owner Ron Savell


Oscar Renda: More paving completed, road closures pending

Oscar Renda Contracting has completed a new round of paving on sections of Division, Strangi, Alley and Murray streets, but weeks-long road closures are in the works for after the first of year when new sewer lines are installed on Porter Avenue and Querens Street south of Division Street.

Project Superintendent John Cowart, in this month’s video update, published today on the city’s YouTube channel, also reports that Center Point Energy has finally begun relocating a gas line on Division Street, which has held up installation of a sewer line on Division Street between Reynoir and Nixon streets.

After the first of year, a closure of six to eight weeks is planned for Porter and Querens while workers install new sewer lines. 
Video: See this month’s status report


Oyster Ball Drop to ring in New Year

A menagerie of Biloxi culture and history will come together to usher in the New Year on Sunday, Dec. 31 when the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum hosts its annual Oyster Ball Drop.

Guests at the Point Cadet museum will find live music by the Blackwater Brass Band, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, party favors, and at midnight the big Oyster Ball will drop from the top of the museum.  A factory whistle also will sound to ring in the New Year, with, of course, fireworks. As guests depart, beignets and coffee will be served.

The affair begins at 8:30 p.m. and runs through 12:30 a.m. 

Admission – 21 and older only – is $50 a person or $90 a couple. Call 228-435-6320 or to make reservations or to email click here.


News and notes

Weekend preview: Beauvoir: The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library hosts ChristmasTime at Beauvoir, Beau Rivage has Christmas on Ice and the legendary Brenda Lee is at the IP. See the complete weekend lineup by clicking here.

Holiday schedules: Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the Christmas holidays. Pickups of garbage, trash and recycling will be a day later than their normal pickup days the week of Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The moving mayor: Monday is traditionally the meetings-laden day for Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, with staff and innovation team meetings to kick off this week, but this week included even more. See a gallery of a few of the gatherings by clicking here.