Rickey's may soon return to Waveland
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 29, 2014, 20:27
A popular local restaurant may be returning to Waveland, nearly nine years after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The Waveland Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, recommended approval of a zoning change for four parcels of property at the end of Terrace Avenue.
The property is owned by Kevin Jordan.
Officials said Monday that Chef Ricky Peters of Rickey's Restaurant is considering building a restaurant on the site.
Attempts to contact Peters and Jordan were unsuccessful on Tuesday.
Waveland City Attorney Gary Yarborough said Monday that the property will be developed as a restaurant, but the city has yet to receive any plans or permit applications.
Yarborough said the city asked for the zoning change.
"I do not believe this zoning change will have any negative impact on the area or traffic," Yarborough said. "Hopefully, it will bring some activity."
Rickey's opened in 1999 on Coleman Avenue and was one of the most popular destinations in Hancock County. The building was destroyed during Katrina, but Rickey's was able to reopen in the Zuppardo Plaza shopping center in Bay St. Louis within a few months after the storm.
It closed this March when Peters announced he was retiring.
Waveland Mayor David Garcia said Tuesday that he is "excited and thrilled" that a new restaurant may be coming to the beach front area.
"This project is still a ways off, but I think most everyone in the community will be very happy if it is built," Garcia said.
The planning and zoning commission is a recommending body only.
The zoning change will now be presented to the board of aldermen and a public hearing will be held for residents to speak for or against it.
No date for the public hearing has been set, but it will most likely come next month, officials said.