Rising from Ruin: Bay Town Inn almost ready to re-open
By Cassandra Favre
Sep 7, 2013, 01:02
The Bay Town Inn, destroyed and made nationally famous by Hurricane Katrina, is almost completely rebuilt and ready to re-open this month.
A beloved Bay St. Louis landmark will has risen from the rubble left behind by Hurricane Katrina – he Bay Town Inn bed and breakfast will re-open on Sept. 21.
"I always had it in my mind to come back," owner Nikki Moon said this week. "I heard about the (Hancock Chamber of Commerce's) grant program in 2009, so I applied and was accepted.
"It provided a great financial foundation to start building back."
The rebuilt inn is located at its original location, 208 N. Beach Blvd.
"Altogether, there are 10 king-size suites and one accessible room," Moon said. "Each room will feature a parlor, breakfast bar, kitchen area, full bath and a king-size bed. The cabana room will have two double beds and will be fully accessible.
"Located on top of the cabana room is an open room. This has a kitchen area and full bath.
"This room will be great for business meetings and family reunions."
Bread, fruit and yogurt will supplied for breakfast Monday through Friday, Moon said;. on Saturdays and Sundays, Moon a full breakfast will be delivered to suite.
For retired fireman Joe Haydock and his wife Alice of Pascagoula, the inn holds a special place in their memories.
"It was the weekend of Aug. 28, 2005 and we were celebrating my wife's birthday," Joe said. "We had a lovely time. Nikki's a real good cook, we had an elegant breakfast.
“Bay St. Louis is a great place, full of great people. We were treated well when we were there and I always highly recommend it to people. We ate at Trapani's and shopped around.
"We thought it would be the first of many visits to the inn. We evacuated to Tallahassee and saw Nikki on television and learned that there was nothing left of the inn."
Moon said the Haydocks were the last couple to stay at the inn before Hurricane Katrina.
"We were the last and now we are going to be the first couple to stay there when the inn re-opens," Joe said. "I ... kept calling and calling her until I got her."
"I'm very proud to have the bed-and-breakfast in my ward," Ward Two Councilwoman Wendy McDonald said this week.. "Bay St. Louis really appreciates the efforts made by Nikki to bring this back. "It's a new landmark for the Bay."
"When I first purchased the inn in 2003, the people of Bay St. Louis were so welcoming and kind," Moon said. "They have worked so hard to build back and I hope that I can help them now by bringing in visitors to shop at their stores and eat at their restaurants. It's my goal to contribute back to the community that has been so good to me."
Moon is running a special $99 rate for Sept. 21-30. If you would like to make a reservation, call 505-421-0960 or send an email to email@example.com. Visit the website at www.baytowninn.com.