LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - A new restaurant with a well-known name won't be making its holiday debut after all. The Sea and Sirloin is going up at the Long Beach Harbor. The owners had hoped to have it ready by the end of this year, but the opening date has been pushed back to next spring.
The building features a unique design and amenities. Towering 30 feet in the air, the new Sea and Sirloin Restaurant is turning heads at the Long Beach Harbor.
"I think everyone will be astounded by the view to add to the atmosphere of the restaurant," said owner John Bull.
Large windows on all sides of the building will give diners a broad view of the beautiful scenery. The 6,000 square foot restaurant will feature a bar, private meeting space, nautical colors and signature dishes.
"We got a lot of seafood and steak dishes to put on the menu. We're also going to offer some of our smaller items, such as steak sandwiches and shrimp po-boys," said Bull.
You can also access the restaurant by water. The property owner, Jimmy Levens, worked with the Long Beach Port Commission to obtain a $1.5 million federal grant to build the bulkhead, concrete boardwalk and pier so boaters can dock at the harbor and go right into the restaurant.
"It's one of a kind. It's not like any restaurant anyone has seen being built on the Gulf Coast at this point," said Bruce Nourse, J. Levens Environmental President.
The construction started more than three years ago. In April, John and Lisa Bull signed a lease to operate the restaurant. Crews still have a lot of work to do, from finishing the siding and elevator enclosure, to installing the walls, electrical and plumbing.
"Whenever you build on the water like we are here, you obviously have weather challenges. Our biggest issue was really mitigating our flood insurance for this structure," said Nourse.
"Oh, I've been waiting a long time to get this building up and get it going, and I just can't wait for the day we get it open," said Bull. "I think it's just going to be a fun place for people to come and see, and I think it's a beautiful addition to the Mississippi Gulf Coast."
"It will be a race horse, the Secretariat of all restaurants on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Nourse. "It meets all bases as far as meeting and beating any competition we have in the market."
The new target opening date is April 1, 2015.
The ground level of the restaurant will be turned into a special events area for Cruisin' the Coast and other functions. The project costs about $3 million.