Captain Al's Seafood celebrates 20 years

Captain Al's restaurant
Captain Al's restaurant
Stacey Magnusen with her brother.
Stacey Magnusen with her brother.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Captain Al's Seafood restaurant was open Sunday, a day when they're typically closed, to celebrate two decades of business and show appreciation to their customers.

"We started 20 years ago with just two items on the menu-steak and shrimp," Captain Al's owner Stacey Magnusen said.

Magnusen says they've changed a few things at Captain Al's Seafood. They've expanded both the restaurant and its menu. Along the way they've won several awards in the food world.

"I've been here from day one and have worked and knew the whole time that I've been here. I started out dishwashing and worked every position until I mastered every position and then I just watched and listened. I tried to learn everything that I could. I knew, always, that this is what I wanted to do. This is my passion. This is what I love and just knew that I always wanted to follow in his [father] footsteps and keep our family legacy going," Magnusen explained.

Magnusen's grandfather owned a seafood restaurant on the beach in the 1950s. Her dad opened Captain Al's in 1993.

"I love being able to come here every day and work with my brother and our amazing staff," she said.

She said even her 7-year-old daughter Saylor helps out around the restaurant.

"I hope, one day Saylor will be able to celebrate an anniversary like this at this restaurant," Magnusen said.

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