Before Hurricane Katrina the Mississippi beach front in Harrison County was dotted with a number of chain and local restaurants. Since Katrina, most of the chain restaurants except Waffle House and Ihop have abandoned the coast line and have moved their restaurants further north. Those willing to take a chance on building across from the coast line are mainly local restaurant owners.
Recently the owner of McElroy's Seafood Restaurant announced his plans to rebuild a restaurant at Biloxi's small craft harbor. At one time Mickey McElroy had hoped a condo project would be built at the Biloxi Harbor in connection with a new restaurant, but the condo project has been shelved for now.
Just a few miles to the west, the owners of the Chimmeys Restaurant in Gulfport are hoping for a December opening to their well known restaurant Hurricane Katrina destroyed. Also in the past few months the White Cap opened on the beach in Gulfport and Snapper's Seafood in Biloxi. And early on after Katrina Vrazels and Salute opened.
These are just six examples of restaurant owners who have not given up on our beach front. Please make sure in the coming weeks that you visit one of these local restaurants. They are the ones that are helping the beach front recover. We need to do our part and make sure they are a success.
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