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Ole Biloxi Schooner closed downtown

Ole Biloxi Schooner has closed its downtown location in a restored 1940s building at 871 Howard Ave., Biloxi, across from Nativity BVM Cathedral. The Band Perry members said they'll miss visiting the restaurant when they're in town.
Ole Biloxi Schooner has closed its downtown location in a restored 1940s building at 871 Howard Ave., Biloxi, across from Nativity BVM Cathedral. The Band Perry members said they'll miss visiting the restaurant when they're in town. Sun Herald/File

Ole Biloxi Schooner has closed on Howard Avenue in downtown Biloxi and owner Joseph Lancon says he will reopen his D'Iberville restaurant in late summer or fall.

That restaurant, Schooner North, was on Mississippi 15 near Lamey Bridge Road in D'Iberville. Lancon said his family will be back with the most popular dishes such as crab po-boy and seafood platter, but he plans a smaller menu.

He opened the D'Iberville restaurant in 2014 and closed it last summer when MGM Park opened a block away from his Ole Biloxi Schooner.

"I just thought that was going to revitalize downtown Biloxi," he said. But groups of regular diners stopped coming on weekends because of the parking and he said, "I just wasn't getting enough business from the ball games."

Lancon said he was in Biloxi for 31 years, including 20 years on the Point.

"I was completely happy there," he said, but Hurricane Katrina demolished that restaurant and several other buildings he owned and he opened on Howard Avenue.

"That was a temporary location after Hurricane Katrina wiped out my other three restaurants," he said. It was the only building he had left after Katrina.

"It was great in the beginning," he said. "I think it just ran its course."

With several hotels coming to downtown Biloxi, he believes business will pick up in that area, but not for him.

"It's time to move north," he said.

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