New businesses open in Pascagoula despite troubled economy

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Cabanas Downtown Restaurant has been open one month and owner Nicole Moore says customers are steadily walking through her door.

"We serve between 50 and 150 people depending on the day," Moore said. "You got to love food. Your wallet may be tight, but your stomach is still hungry."

The new restaurant owner says although Pascagoula has been starving for more eateries, the economic recession made Moore and her husband think twice before taking on the expensive venture.

"We were scared every day during construction, so we stopped watching the news. We knew we had to be conservative, and we watched what we spent our money on."

Moore is not the only one taking a risk in 2009. Pascagoula officials say eight new businesses are schedule to open in the city.

Michael Majure is making sure he's ready for the grand opening of Petit Bois Cafe at Delmas Avenue. Majure admits failure does cross his mind, but he says you can't live in fear if you want to be an entrepreneur.

"I like taking a risk and I like taking a chance," Majure said. "I am banking on my name and the economy to turn around, and brighter days are ahead."

Red Cup Coffee owner Gary Turner is also looking for the dark financial forecast to change. He encourages anyone wanting to start a business to go for it.

"The prices are lowest, and you can negotiate the deals. When business comes back up, you will be in the best position to do well," Turner said.

Optimism and local support are what these three owners believe will make them successful.

"If they support it, a lot of local businesses will stay. And I am hoping to stay for a long time."

Pascagoula officials say a large number of developers have been looking to set up shop in the downtown area, but nothing is confirmed.