Lobby Café to open at Florida Street site

Lobby Café, a new downtown breakfast and lunch spot, is set to open this spring in the old The Buzz Café space on Florida Street.

Tiffany Terrell, who owns the Lobby Café, said she hopes to open the restaurant by April 1. The restaurant gets its name from the fact it is in the lobby of the McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton Law Offices.

“I love being in a historic building,” Terrell said. “And downtown is where my roots are.”

Terrell’s family has been in the food service business since 1932, first owning the C.C. Fish Company. Her parents own Beauregard Gallery & Bistro. She plans to keep her new restaurant in the family; her 8-year-old son Colin Mayne, will be helping out when he’s on breaks from school.

Lobby Café will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and for private events. “We’re going to have kind of a late breakfast, with pastries, muffins and coffee and be open for lunch,” Terrell said.

The lunch menu will consist of soups, salads and sandwiches. Most lunches will cost less than $10, Terrell said. “We want to provide the most bang for a buck,” she said. “We know we have a lot of state workers and office workers downtown.”

Terrell doesn’t plan on making significant changes to the restaurant space. “We may be moving things around a little bit to put our touch to it,” she said. “But we love the bar.”

David Kees owned The Buzz Café for about 7 years before he shut down the restaurant earlier this month. Kees said while his business was doing well and he had a good crowd of customers, he wanted to do something different. “Food service is a tough business,” he said. “But Tiffany will do a great job.”