Taste of Long Beach touts local restaurants

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Long Beach is celebrating its restaurant community and downtown business district. Tuesday night, the annual Taste of Long Beach event took place at the Long Beach Yacht Club.

The Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual event where more than 20 Long Beach restaurants offer variety of dishes to sample.

Restaurant owners we talked with are excited about the recent progress in their city and they're anxious to entertain visitors.

"This is where we've always needed to be and wanted to be," said Steve Pucheu, from the deck of his new Steve's Marina Restaurant. "It's been like coming home. It's absolutely awesome."

Pucheu rebuilt the restaurant after Hurricane Katrina at the same location, but ten feet higher. The spot known for its tasty seafood and breath taking views re-opened in the harbor on June 1.

"We rebuilt this building in about six or seven months. It's been a homecoming for us. We love it down here. The view's great. The food is better than ever," he said.

He's happy at the harbor and excited about what's happening nearby.

"Downtown is absolutely beautiful. We're hoping to get some more shops in. The town green is beautiful. The City of Long Beach is making a very good recovery. We've got a lot of good things to come see and visit," said Pucheu.

Along with the food sampling, a silent auction was part of the evening festivities. The Long Beach Chamber is excited to showcase its growing restaurant scene.

"We have a wonderful restaurant community. It's scenic. It's tasteful. It's everything you could want in a restaurant community," said event chairman Pam Sanders.

Harbor View Cafe opened in its new location on Jeff Davis Avenue in January. The manager is convinced that downtown Long Beach is "the" place to be.

"Downtown is doing a very great job with this. A lot of community interest. The mayor and his people have been fantastic to us. We really appreciate all the support we get here, and with Cruising the Coast coming up in a couple of weeks, we're really looking forward to a lot of positive things happening here in Long Beach," said Mike Warley.

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