New Long Beach restaurants make for a big recovery

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - By Jessica Bowman – email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Recovery is booming in Long Beach. New businesses are opening up their doors left and right. Bull's is the latest restaurant that has deep roots in the community.

It may have a new name, but to long time employees that's no disguise. Inside the same local flavor is once again a hit.

Lillie Roberts said, "We couldn't wait till he got it ready!"

Before Katrina, Chef Lillie Roberts cooked at Barnaby's, the restaurant which used to be located on Highway 90 in Long Beach. She said in the five years since Barnaby's washed away, she wondered if she would get the chance to cook again in Long Beach.

"Do all the big work gumbo, rice, etouffe, all the sauces," said Roberts.

John Bull said, "We've been waiting to come back. That decision was made way before now."

Owner John Bull said he had been looking for the perfect spot and after five long years, he found it.

"We came back on Jeff Davis Avenue now, and it's a beautiful strip. The street is probably one of the prettiest streets on the coast right now," said Bull.

Bull said the new buildings add to the magnificent facade making his new location, which is about a mile from the previous one, a home run.

"We're building a nice park across the street. We have city hall that just opened up down the street, and I think this is going to be a great meeting place for the coast to come to. And in our heart, we think this is the best place to be back in our community," said Bull.

As the 100 person dining room filled up Roberts couldn't help but smile.

"It's nice to be back, and they are glad to have us back," said Roberts.

Other restaurants under construction in the area are Harbor View cafe and Cajun Crawfish Hut. Two others located in the harbor is the 5,000 square foot restaurant at the old Steve's Marina. The other is a steak and seafood restaurant at the former Long Beach Lookout.

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