PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - After losing their original restaurant on the beach in Pass Christian, the Lamarca family has moved into their new, permanent location.
A man stands at the counter and says, "Best po boy in the world."
That's the general consensus among long-time customers of Pirate's Cove restaurant in Pass Christian. There's nothing like a grand opening.
It was standing room only at the new location at Menge Avenue and Second Street in the Pass.
"Very excited. I'm pumped and ready to go. It's great. Everyone has been so nice," said Mike Lamarca, Jr.
This iconic po boy place has a loyal following, and a lot of people turned out for the next chapter in the story of Pirate's Cove.
"Getting a lot of smiles," said Michael Lamarca Sr. " They're all so happy to see us back in business."
The restaurant operated out of a trailer in Pass Christian before moving into this building. The Lamarcas ran the family business for 24 years on the beach. That changed when Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005.
Today, all that's left at the old location is a concrete slab. Like so many beach front property owners, the Lamarcas wanted to rebuild on Highway 90, but it was cost prohibitive.
"We wish we could have built back there. It's too expensive. You have to build up, and then there's insurance," said Lamarca.
Even though it's an exciting day, the Lamarcas are still a little emotional when thinking about all those years on the beach.
"It is heart breaking. It was home. We're going to miss it," said Lamarca.
The family looks forward to this new beginning.