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Blind Tiger at Harrah’s has one more leap before work begins

A rendering of the Blind Tiger restaurant with indoor-outdoor dining and decks, which will be built on The Great Lawn south of Harrah's Gulf Coast.
A rendering of the Blind Tiger restaurant with indoor-outdoor dining and decks, which will be built on The Great Lawn south of Harrah's Gulf Coast.

A second Blind Tiger is just one hurdle away as plans for the new restaurant on the beach at Harrah’s Gulf Coast will go Thursday to the Biloxi Architectural and Historical Review Commission.

The original Blind Tiger in Bay St. Louis opened in 2013 and serves fresh food and cocktails in a casual waterfront setting. Its open-air layout was designed to showcase the beauty of the Bay’s Harbor Marina and provide diners with a coastal town experience.

The Biloxi restaurant will replicate that theme, with large windows and decks designed to provide views of Deer Island and sunsets. Entertainers also are in the plans.

Harrah’s Gulf Coast and Blind Tiger chef and owner Thomas Genin formed a partnership to build the restaurant and add to the amenities at the casino resort. They hope to break ground in the coming weeks after the commission approves the designs and developers submit final plans to the city.

“We believe that the lighthearted personality and laid-back atmosphere of the Blind Tiger will resonate with our guests and further our mission of encouraging grownups to play,” said Jonathan Jones, general manager of Harrah’s Gulf Coast. “By opening the Blind Tiger, we’ll be giving guests yet another place to indulge in regional Southern fare while relaxing and having a great time with friends and family.”

Genin is known for using fresh local ingredients in his appetizers and entrees listed each day on a chalkboard menu. An additional menu that will update daily will feature dishes made with fresh seafood and meats of the day.

“The heartbeat of our operation is quality,” Genin said. “By developing a menu that only features creations made daily with local resources, we’ve been able to grow the Blind Tiger into a respected local restaurant and brand that embodies everything great about our coastal region. We never compromise on fresh — it’s our commitment to our guests and fellow businesses in the community.”

Parking will be available at the restaurant south of U.S. 90 and in the parking garage at Harrah’s, where guests can use the west crosswalk that connects the resort’s outdoor pool deck to the new restaurant.

Harrah’s Gulf Coast has seen millions of dollars in improvements over the past two years. A $14 million total hotel renovation was completed this year and the new restaurant will be the first permanent structure built on the resort’s 10.5 acre waterfront space since the opening of The Great Lawn in 2014.

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