The Chimneys rebuilds on Gulfport's beachfront

By David Elliott - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - In 2005, Hurricane Katrina's violent storm surge rolled over Highway 90 and washed away The Chimneys restaurant in Gulfport. The beachfront restaurant, located in a historic home built in the early 1900s, was reduced to rubble.

Nearly four years later, owners Dix and Peter Nord announced they were bringing The Chimneys back.

"We're so excited about returning to the beachfront in Gulfport," Dix Nord told WLOX News.

Construction crews will elevate the new restaurant six feet above the ground. That's 27 feet above sea level.

The new Chimneys will be 6,000 square feet, and feature a spacious porch. The Nords were able to salvage some of the original bricks and other materials, and plan to incorporate them into the new building. The project should be completed by the end of the year.

Hurricane Katrina may have destroyed a historic building, but the owners of the new Chimneys hope to create new memories.

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