Fingers crossed, the owners of Old Cuevas Bistro at 111A Main Street in Bay St. Louis will be open in the next few weeks. Having missed the summer crowds, they want to be able to welcome Cruisin’ the Coast crowds in early October.
“We’re trying desperately to open before Cruisin’ the Coast,” said co-owner Toni Strickland.
But even if they don’t open in time for Cruisin’ week, Strickland and Cassandra Timmons know there’s plenty of pent up appetite for their restaurant’s return.
“Every day we’re down there, we have people come in and ask when we’re going to open,” said Strickland. All they can say now is the date is still up in the air.
Construction work is ongoing and the floors should be finished next week. Then the painting will begin and equipment can be installed. There’s still no power but they’re hoping to get it hooked up soon, said Strickland. She described the scene as “crazy,” with all of the activity going on.
Meanwhile, hiring staff is under way and details are being worked out. This much we know: the menu will be basically the same as it was when the restaurant was open in Pass Christian. It’s been closed since a fire destroyed the historic building last year.
Something new at Old Cuevas Bistro will be the deli which will sell takeout food only. Meats, specialty cheeses, homemade chicken salad, fresh baked bread, signature salads and dressings will all be available. “People on boats at the harbor or at the bed and breakfast can come by and grab some late night snacks or desserts,” Strickland said.
The new Old Cuevas Bistro will have a full bar that seats 15. Hours will be Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m for brunch only.
More details as they become available.