Pub one step closer to beer permit


A new brew pub built just across the Hattiesburg city limits in Lamar County is one step closer to being able to apply for a license to sell alcoholic beverages.

The Hattiesburg City Council voted Tuesday afternoon not to object to a petition that would allow the property into the city limits. Included in the property owned by Hattiesburg real estate developer Darian Pierce are The Colony at Turtle Creek Crossing gated community and Conway’s Family Pub.

Tenth District Chancery Court Judge M. Ronald Doleac is scheduled to hear the petition May 21 in the William J. “Pete” Gamble III Chancery Courthouse in Purvis requesting the Lamar County property’s inclusion into Hattiesburg.

Pierce, president of Pierce Realty, Inc., is building five star-shaped structures of five Carriage Houses in each cluster at 5173 W. Fourth St.

“I have had some opposition,” Pierce said Tuesday afternoon. “I hope that people see how this would benefit the area.”

The Hattiesburg City Council voted Tuesday to hire a Ridgeland law firm to represent the city at the hearing. Attorney Jerry Mills of Mills, Scanlon, Dye and Pittman will offer no objection to the petition, according to the City Council agenda.

Joshua Lon Mathias of Lamar County filed the inclusion complaint March 29 in Lamar County Chancery Court as the only qualified elector living on the property. According to the plat drawing included with the complaint, the unincorporated portion includes two parcels owned by Pierce Family Holdings LLC of 3.5 acres and 11.34 acres.

On April 16, R. Andrew Foxworth of Columbia – Mathias’ attorney – served the City of Hattiesburg a Rule 81 summons, which was returned April 18. A Rule 81 summons sets a specific time and date that the defendant is scheduled to appear in court.

Conway’s Family Pub, which will be housed in the structure now standing on the Fourth Street site, is named after St. Fabian Catholic Church’s Father Tommy Conway.

Pierce said he initially thought about building apartments through an Atlanta contractor, whose contract later failed. So, Pierce decided to develop The Colony.

Pierce said earlier his faith led him to this point.

“It’s about the things Christ does for us, makes all things new,” he said. “Among all of us, we’re all redeemable.”

Conway’s Family Pub will have a full menu of choices for every meal, any time of the day. Or the restaurant can deliver meals to the Discovery Room. If a resident doesn’t feel like socializing, they can have it delivered to their private apartment. Residents are adults with liberties and independence to eat when, where and with whom they choose.

Amenities at The Colony are expected to include exercise, walking paths, gardening, yoga and proximity to the Longleaf Trace. Each Carriage House one contains five private residential units. The residential units have two bedrooms, a private bath, kitchen, dining area, living room and a covered porch with a fenced backyard.