D'IBERVILLE -- City officials gave the go-ahead to a new style of Korean restaurant and honored D'Iberville's own this week.
A&H Hot Pot Restaurant & Grill will open in the next two or three months in what had been Capone's restaurant at 3516 Sangani Blvd., said Cody Hornsby, who will operate the restaurant with An Van Nguyen.
The Korean barbecue restaurant, the first of its kind in the area, will be similar to those popular in Chicago, Atlanta and other cities.
Meals will be an experience, with customers helping cook some of their food on a hibachi or burner on their table. They will select from Korean, Vietnamese and other meats and choose the seasoning and vegetables they want, Hornsby said.
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The mayor and City Council approved the restaurant's application to serve alcohol.
Also during Tuesday's meeting, City Manager Bobby Eleuterius presented Anthony Wilson with an award for D'Iberville Citizen Made Good. D'Iberville High School football coach Buddy Singleton, who retired this year after 49 years of coaching, was honored with a lifetime achievement award.
Wilson, president and chief executive officer of Mississippi Power, grew up on Highland Avenue in D'Iberville, where his mother still lives.
"I was blessed to get to go through D'Iberville schools," he said. "I'm proud of my hometown," he said, and he saluted his teachers, his parents and his wife.
He started with Mississippi Power as an electrical engineer in Biloxi in 1984, moved to Georgia Power in 2002 and moved back to South Mississippi in 2015. He was named president of the company in October and CEO on Jan. 1.
Singleton became the Warriors' football coach in 1965 after two years as assistant coach, and went on to 290 career wins, 30 winning seasons and a state championship in 2002.
He left D'Iberville for seven years to coach at St. John's, then returned as Warrior coach.
"I'm a D'Iberville guy," Singleton told the audience at the council meeting. He also reminded them he served as the school's principal for a year.
"You were a brother, father, uncle, grandfather to everyone you coached," Mayor Rusty Quave told Singleton.
"Over 42 years it hasn't been a job to me," Singleton replied.