New restaurant inside old Magnolia Hotel building to open Friday

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - At 5 p.m. Friday, a new restaurant will open in an old space. The Nicaud family will continue its development dynasty with Field’s Steak and Oyster Bar Biloxi, inside the old Magnolia Hotel.

“We’re finally here,” said chef and co-owner Field Nicaud. “And I’m excited for everybody to come out on Friday and see what we can do.”

But getting to this point wasn’t easy. COVID was one thing, but one month before opening in 2020, Hurricane Zeta paid a visit to Biloxi.

“This restaurant got actually knocked off its foundation,” said co-owner Jourdan Nicaud. “We had to pick up the entire restaurant, build a whole new foundation underneath it, and then re-do the entire building.”

But, even with that and the ever-present supply chain and staffing issues, the Nicauds never stopped.

“That definitely goes back to my dad,” Field said. “He doesn’t let us quit. We’ve got to keep going, keep going, keep working.”

And both want to keep going right here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“I went to culinary school in New York; worked at a bunch of restaurants there; and then I came back home because I love it down here,” Field added. “I don’t want to go anywhere. I want to help it grow.”

The Biloxi restaurant will have much of the same menu items as the original restaurant in Bay St. Louis. But steak has a special place of honor for Field.

“Every steak gets better, because you’re seasoning that cast-iron skillet over and over and over again,” he said. “And that’s what makes it the best.”

The building itself, which opened in 1847 as the Magnolia Hotel, makes this project special.

“I grew up coming here as the Mardi Gras Museum,” Jourdan said. “And, I actually didn’t know all the history of the building until after I had purchased it. But I always thought it was a beautiful building.”

Both Nicaud brothers said this development is part of a bigger picture – not just for Biloxi, but for the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast.

“What I also want to do is encourage people who don’t live in Mississippi or who grew up in Mississippi and are thinking about leaving Mississippi that, hey, listen, we have some of the same assets as other big cities have,” Jourdan said.

The restaurant will be open Wednesday and Thursday 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 5-10 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

It will be open on Easter Sunday 3-9 p.m. but brunch will not be on the menu.

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Mike Lacy

Mike Lacy

Mike Lacy was a print journalist for 37 years before joining the WLOX team. Most of his career he spent as a writer, editor and page designer at the Sun Herald newspaper.