Food & Drink

24-hour breakfast in a local cafe returns to downtown Biloxi

A local cafe that serves breakfast 24/7 is coming to downtown Biloxi for the first time since Hurricane Katrina closed the doors on the popular Mary Mahoney’s cafe.

How many of you remember Fill-up with Billups, the gas stations that populated Southeastern states in the 1950s and 60s? Fill-Up with Billups cafe will honor the look of those old gas stations, complete with signature logo and fire-engine red booth seating.

Upstairs, a speakeasy with signature drinks will be open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. It also will be available for private parties of up to 80.

Family member Guy Billups III is teaming with Coast restauranteurs Jourdan and Lloyd Nicaud to open the unique cafe on Feb. 20. Billups opened in late 2017 on The Square in Oxford.

“In Oxford, it’s been a raging success,” Jourdan Nicaud said. “We’re excited to bring back Fill-Up with Billups. There’s definitely a need for breakfast in this area.”

This will be Nicaud’s seventh restaurant. He also owns four Bacchus locations, Charred in Ocean Springs and Hotel Pass Christian.

The cafe menu is unique, featuring a “grit bar,” variations on Eggs Benedict called “Hangover Part I-IV,” huge cathead biscuits, four waffle dishes, including a cinnamon roll waffle; and traditional plates with eggs and all the sides.

The menu also features a daily lunch special.

Expansive decks with additional seating surround two sides of the two-story building across from the Beau Rivage on U.S. 90 and MGM Stadium on Caillavet Street. The cafe is painted in signature Billups reds and blues.

Billups’ owners hope to attract residents who have missed a 24-hour local cafe, shift workers from casinos and casino patrons who want to venture out for a meal or signature cocktail.

Nicaud said Billups will employ 30 to 40 servers and kitchen staff.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

How to apply

If you are interested in working at Fill-up with Billups as a server or kitchen staff member, apply in person from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, at Bacchus Biloxi Beach, 1775 Beach Boulevard.