By MARY PEREZ - email@example.com
BILOXI -- John Mladinich, who owned and operated White Pillars restaurant, has died.
His family recently restored White Pillars on U.S. 90 at Rodenberg. The fine-dining restaurant operated by Mladinich and his wife, Virginia, was the place to go for special occasions and was known for his favorite dish -- Eggplant Josephine.
He was honored in November as the second recipient of the Don Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of more than 40 years in the hospitality industry in South Mississippi.
He opened The Fiesta in 1950 and he and his family owned and operated The Hot Stop, 19th Hole Lounge, Cabana Beach Motel, Sea and Sirloin, Trader John's Lounge and Le Chateau apartments.
They opened White Pillars Restaurant and Lounge in 1970 after restoring the mansion. The recent restoration repaired the damage from Hurricane Katrina, added a dining room and returned the elegance of the restaurant. The family is seeking someone to operate the business.
Mladinich received the 1988 and 1989 Award of" from Wine Spectator magazine, was inducted into the Grand Master Chefs of America, the Master Chefs Institute of America and was named in Who's Who in American Restaurants.