The Chimneys restaurant a family affair

By Steve Phillips – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Nord family will celebrate the New Year with the re-opening of a popular restaurant.

Hurricane Katrina destroyed The Chimneys in Gulfport. But a determined family's labor of love means the long awaited return of that popular dining spot.

Owners Peter and Dix Nord made the decision to rebuild after their children expressed a desire to join them in the business.

"It's made a really nice family adventure. And a wonderful way for them to learn the things that we've learned the hard way," said Dix Nord.

This is the fourth version of the popular seafood and steak restaurant. It features beautiful views of the gulf waters. Beautiful heart of pine flooring and the signature fireplaces accent the latest design.

"It's really an Acadian style coastal building. We have incorporated the old bricks that we found from our previous building, into the fireplaces. We have some of our molding, the outdoor molding that we're using inside," said Nord.

"It was either do nothing, or bring it back.  And we felt like we had to bring it back," said Watson Nord.

He's excited his parents decided to rebuild.  He'll focus on one new addition to the popular dining spot: Local entertainment.

"On the weekends, we're going to try to have live music when we can. And a little bar atmosphere after the dining. We don't want to force the patrons out from eating, but we'd like to offer them a reason to stay later," Watson Nord said.

Familiar favorites from the old menu will make longtime customers happy. And a variety of new dishes have also been added to the menu mix.

Dix Nord said she's both excited and optimistic about the upcoming grand opening.

"Optimism is in the fact that we have such great patrons, that we know they'll be back.  And we just have to do our job to work hard and keep 'em here. But we're optimistic because I think the whole coast is coming back, and it makes everyone excited," said Dix Nord.

The Chimneys will hold a "limited reservations" grand opening on New Year's Eve. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner beginning January 5th. It will be open six days a week and closed on Mondays.

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