Vikky Layne’s open for business on Walnut

Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, April 11, at its new location at 115 Walnut Street

“Downtown Hattiesburg’s many restaurants are an obvious draw for locals and visitors alike,” said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Downtown Hattiesburg Association. “We already have a great selection of eateries, each with a different flair, and we are looking forward to Vikki Layne’s opening to add to that mix, especially the restaurant’s selection of seafood, vegetarian, and soul food options.” 

The new hotspot will offer diverse menu items from dishes like jambalaya-stuffed catfish, Portobello Salisbury steaks, and steamed crabs and shrimp to vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. Such dishes include a Southwestern Buddha bowl and “wings” made from cauliflower that fill a niche in the Hub City.  

“Our menu pairs your favorite Southern soul dishes with gourmet dishes,” said Victoria Terrell, owner and operator of the eatery. “We call it ‘gourmet Soul.’ Everything is homemade, and all our sauces, seasonings, and flavors are like your granny’s. We go the extra mile for every single dish. I have one of the only alternative vegan menus with actual hot, vegan meals, and I’m not vegan at all. I just researched the culture and love to create.” 

The daughter of former Southern Miss star running back and longtime City of Hattiesburg Parks and Recreation Director Clemon Terrell, Victoria has been in the restaurant business for a number of years. She first opened her doors on Highway 49 at the south gate entrance to Camp Shelby, but that location received major storm damage and had to close. Vikki Layne’s reopened on the Highway 42 Bypass last year, quickly outgrowing that location within six months. Seeing an opening in downtown Hattiesburg, Terrell decided to move her business into the heartbeat of Hattiesburg.  

Vikki Layne’s will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 5 until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.