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Something distinctive is coming to the former Frets building in downtown Pascagoula

What’s coming to the former Frets building in downtown Pascagoula is a new, distinctive bar called The Jury Room, with space for a retail shop and apartment.
What’s coming to the former Frets building in downtown Pascagoula is a new, distinctive bar called The Jury Room, with space for a retail shop and apartment. klnelson@sunherald.com

This new business is designed to bring people into downtown Pascagoula at night.

The Jury Room, Deliberations and Libations, isn’t going after the courthouse lunch crowd. It will be open after hours as a distinctive bar — unique to Pascagoula — offering more than 100 bourbons and whiskies, along with reasonably priced beer and wine and craft beers, owners say.

It will have competitively priced drinks, and there will be happy hour specials, but The Jury Room will offer high-end liquors.

It is not designed to intimidate, owners say, but rather give customers a place to try something new.

Rather than live music, there will be five televisions.

The Jury Room is in the former Frets space on the corner of Delmas Avenue and Canty Street, set amid law offices and restaurants downtown, a block from the county courthouse.

City planners praised the concept early in the process saying: “It’s a very cool project, and we’re very excited about anything to get downtown and Delmas more dining- and entertainment-oriented.”

Owners Ramsay Taylor of Moss Point and Parker Pugh of Pascagoula both have experience in the field as seasoned businessmen. Taylor has three Tay’s Barbeque stores based in Pascagoula and Drinx Wine and Liquor Warehouse in D’Iberville. Pugh owns the Dairy Queen in Pascagoula and three in Mobile.

This bar “will give you a chance to trade up,” Taylor said this week. “You may get Glenlivet 12-year-old at most bars in town. The Jury Room will offer Glenlivet 15-year-old and 18-year-old. And we will have 65 bourbons.”

The talk around town started in March when the pair applied for a liquor license for a business at 702 Delmas Avenue in downtown Pascagoula. And as the months passed, downtown pedestrians watched as the Frets facade transformed.

The name and logo have yet to go up on the building, but The Jury Room has its own Facebook page with more than 500 likes.

The distinctive black and white logo for the bar is dominated by an elegant white R on a field of black.

It also will be part of a mixed-use space in downtown. Next to the bar will be a 1,300-square-foot retail space for rent and an apartment suite in the back.

Keep an eye out for an opening in late August.

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