Council members say 'No' to Point Cadet Waffle House

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Point Cadet casinos trumped Waffle House in a showdown before the Biloxi City Council Tuesday. City council members voted five to two against a zoning change Waffle House needed to build a new restaurant.

The company wants to build a new store at the corner of First and Myrtle Streets in East Biloxi.

The issue quickly turned into a mini public hearing at the afternoon meeting as council members heard from two casino attorneys, an attorney for Waffle House, an executive from the restaurant chain and the general manger of Golden Nugget.

"There are no restaurant options down there, other than casino venues," Waffle House Attorney Robert Schwartz said. "And again, there's certainly nothing wrong with casino restaurants. We're not in opposition to the casinos. Likewise, I don't think they have any realistic reason to be in opposition to Waffle House. We live in America. Free market economy system."

"If those two casinos were not there, would they build that Waffle House there?" Golden Nugget Attorney Britt Singletary asked. "The answer, of course, is 'No.' I think the highest producing Waffle House in the country is right across the street from Beau Rivage."

"We're not anti-competitive. We have big plans for across there," Golden Nugget General Manager Jim Hoskins said. "I think the mayor, we have $500,000 sitting on his desk. We're going to redevelop The Point, keep it up, make it nice. And at the end of the day, we just, we want to be a showpiece for the city of Biloxi and the state of Mississippi."

Again, the city council voted five to two to deny Waffle House the zoning it requested to build its new restaurant. Council members Dixie Newman and Felix Gines sided with the restaurant.

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