In the News: El Rayo in Hattiesburg

El Rayo in Hattiesburg

Tacos. Margaritas. Guacamole. If you’ve been craving Tex-Mex, we have some delicious news for you! A new restaurant will break into business soon, and it will serve them all. Next month, find fantastic food at the grand opening of El Rayo in Hattiesburg, MS.

More on the Development of El Rayo in Hattiesburg

Our city has been abuzz with the announcement of El Rayo in Hattiesburg. Created by Robert St. John, who owned the popular but sadly-closed Purple Parrot Café, this new venue has everyone feeling hungry. It’s also three years in the making—and all that extra planning has apparently resulted in a seriously mouthwatering menu.

More developments will be on the horizon as well, in the coming weeks after the restaurant’s projected October opening. They also plan to eventually expand the space—4,000-square-feet of space to be exact –allowing plenty of room for you dine. And of course, there will be a bar in the future—which means margaritas! Yes, please!

Visiting Details

Already planning your trip? Pencil it in for October! The restaurant is located at 3810 Hardy Street, which you may recognize as the site of the former Purple Parrot Café.

A Few Quick Safety Reminders

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains as important as ever. Please, remember to wear a mask when you’re not eating. You should also wash your hands thoroughly—and you can’t go wrong by bringing some hand sanitizer with you.

Additionally, please listen to all state laws, posted signage, and employee directions. You can also request takeout instead if you’d like to eat at home. Thank you for keeping Hattiesburg safe and healthy!


Can it just be October already? We want to eat through the menu of El Rayo in Hattiesburg—ASAP. Plus, supporting a local business means giving our local economy a boost. So, if you think about it, we’re also doing our part to ensure that our town remains a great place to live!

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