Downtown Biloxi restaurants excited for boost in business

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - On a regular Sunday afternoon, the Fillin Station in downtown Biloxi is swarming with people, and head chef Jonathan Jones can only imagine how busy it will get with all the growth coming to downtown.

"Here at the Fillin Station, anytime something else opens up that draws more of a crowd, it benefits us and the other local businesses downtown, but we think it's great," said Jones.

Some of that growth includes Hard Rock's new platinum level hotel, and it's just feet away from the Fillin Station, but it's the new baseball stadium that has Jones most excited.

"We've been talking to people about possibly getting a vendor spot at the stadium, and we're excited about the tailgating that we can do here before the games and the victory parties after the game."

Several other downtown restaurant owners are just as excited about the possibility of business picking up. Folks at Half Shell Oyster House say they are thrilled.

"We actually do a high volume and we're looking forward to all the business it's going to bring us," said Half Shell employee TJ Wilson.

Wilson said he will soon be transferring to their new store in Mobile, but says the Biloxi location is already preparing for more business.

"We're about to start hiring and everything like that."

Even though the restaurants won't see an immediate influx in customers, they are anxiously waiting and preparing for the business that is to come.

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