Food & Drink

Is Glory Bound Gyro Co. coming to the Coast?

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 Jessica Boehmer enters items on the computer at the bar in the Glory Bound Gyro Company.
RYAN MOORE/HATTIESBURG AMERICAN Jessica Boehmer enters items on the computer at the bar in the Glory Bound Gyro Company. Ryan Moore/Hattiesburg American

A Southern Miss student who commutes from D'Iberville said he wants a place to get a good gyro on the Coast, so he and his brother took action.

Jacob Diaz and his brother Josh Diaz are circulating a petition to bring the popular Hattiesburg Greek fusion restaurant Glory Bound Gyro Co. to South Mississippi.

"It's just something different," Jacob Diaz said, "there's nothing like that down here. When you go to Glory Bound, it's the atmosphere."

Jacob Diaz said the funky gyro joint is family-friendly and there is always good music playing. He said the atmosphere is comfortable, making it a great spot to pop in for a quick lunch in between classes.

He said he often went to Glory Bound for $5 student day and for $5 gyros on Thursdays.

The restaurant is owned by Chris McDonald and William Taylor. On the Glory Bound website, McDonald and Taylor said their menu puts a Southern twist on Greek cuisine. In the first year it was open, Glory Bound sold 68,000 gyros.

Jacbo Diaz's favorite, the Comeback gyro, has seasoned hamburger meat topped with pepperjack cheese and wrapped with lettuce, onion, bacon and Glory Bound's Comeback Sauce.

Melissa Ramsay of Bay St. Louis said she signed the Diazes' petition because she ate at Glory Bound often and wants one closer to home.

"It had a really fun atmosphere, awesome food and good drinks," she said. "I find myself wanting it often, and there's just not anywhere around here to enjoy that type of food and atmosphere."

Ramsay's favorite is the BBQ Chicken Gyro -- rotisserie-seared chicken topped with feta cheese and barbecue sauce.

Brian Lamar of Woolmarket has never eaten at Glory Bound, but he signed the petition because he said the Coast needs more lamb options. Lamar, a native of Monterrey, Calif., said he's used to fresh Mediterranean food, which a rare offering on the Coast.

"I want to see more diversity in cuisine here," he said.

Taylor got wind of the petition on Facebook on Thursday night, and he said on Facebook he will give Coast customers what they want. Taylor could not be reached for comment Friday.

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