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One of Coast's first McDonald's closing its doors for good

After more than 50 years of serving up fast food to the Gulf Coast, the Biloxi McDonald's on Pass Road is shutting its doors for good.  (Photo source: WLOX) After more than 50 years of serving up fast food to the Gulf Coast, the Biloxi McDonald's on Pass Road is shutting its doors for good. (Photo source: WLOX)
The note posted on the doors of the restaurant. (Photo source: WLOX) The note posted on the doors of the restaurant. (Photo source: WLOX)
This location was famous for having one of the only original signs in the country, until Hurricane Katrina hit. (Source: www.roadarch.com) This location was famous for having one of the only original signs in the country, until Hurricane Katrina hit. (Source: www.roadarch.com)
This is what the sign looked like after Hurricane Katrina hit. (Source: www.roadarch.com) This is what the sign looked like after Hurricane Katrina hit. (Source: www.roadarch.com)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Starting Monday, there will be one less place for you to grab that Big Mac and fries. A decades-old McDonald's is locking up and closing for the last time in Biloxi.

After more than 50 years of serving up fast food to the Gulf Coast, the Biloxi McDonald's on Pass Road is shutting its doors for good. Residents and tourists alike have memories of this dining establishment and are sad to see it lock up.

"When we used to go cruising all the time, we would grab a bite. So it's sad to hear that it's going to go," said one frequent visitor.

"We used to sneak over here off campus and get the old 15 cent hamburgers way back then. Back in the early 60s," said longtime Biloxian, Jack Gazzo.

From the time that it opened until 2005, its sign was famous around the country for being one of the only remaining originals. Then, Hurricane Katrina left its mark, forcing the sign to be replaced.

Gazzo said he has noticed a big change in the amount of traffic that flowed by the business.

"The people passing through here, just military mostly," Gazzo said.

He saw business slow down, but doesn't know for sure what caused the restaurant to close. Other than the memories it holds, some say losing this Mickey D's is a bit of an inconvenience.

"I won't have a place to swing by and get the quick coffee," said one customer.

"No more breakfast burritos," said another.

"It's on the way to work, it's convenient and they came to know us, and we didn't have to wait in line," said Jennifer Baxter.

She has been visiting the golden arches every morning like clockwork. She said she hasn't seen any recent indication that the restaurant would need to close.

"You would think with it being so close to Keesler that it would be a hot spot and they wouldn't close it," said Baxter.

Most who regularly visited the establishment had their own way of coping with the loss. For Baxter, it meant no more McDonald's vanilla lattes, but she had a solution.

"We actually bought our own latte machine," she said.

This McDonald's location opened in 1962 and is owned by the Masker Family McDonald's based in Slidell. We reached out to the Masker family to find out why this location is closing, but haven't gotten a response.

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