Lookout restaurant brand ends 14-year run with Halloween party

Lookout restaurant brand ends 14-year run with Halloween party

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - This is the end of a 14-year franchise. Lookout restaurants have been on the coast since 2002, personally crafted by owner Rob Stinson.

"You know, it's a little bittersweet," Stinson said. "But bottom line is, nothing could be better than to be with the customers that love us, that I love, who have made so much great business for us over the years."

On Sunday, Lookout Steakhouse in Gulfport gave customers a special farewell Halloween party to thank them for their years of loyalty.

Long Beach Lookout opened in 2002. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the business, it reopened just weeks later as Lookout 49 in Gulfport.

Lookout Steakhouse opened in 2011 in downtown Gulfport.

Theresa Wilson, of Long Beach, made this celebration a dry run to test out her martini costume.

"I was there when Rob first came to Long Beach, and I hate to see him leave Lookout here in Gulfport," Wilson said. "It's always been a great place, but we're going to continue to have good times."

So, what was the best amenity?

"Number one was the staff. Always reliable, dependable. Great folks," Wilson said. "Made happy hour even happier."

Sue Templeman moved to Gulfport just after the oil spill, but Lookout welcomed her like a lifelong resident.

"I don't have any family here, so my friends are my family," Templeman said. "The staff and people here have just made this a wonderful experience for me to live here, to live on the Gulf Coast."

Lookout Steakhouse has been a regular hang out for Kat Walley, of Gulfport.

"Every night of the week, there was somebody here that you knew," Walley said. "We would come and just sit around and talk and eat and sometimes close it up, sometimes go home early, but we always knew they were here for us the next day."

Nancy Secrist, of Long Beach, has been coming since its opening.

"Everybody, all the employees make you feel very much at home," Secrist said. "You're very comfortable here. The camaraderie between the patrons. It's just a very friendly and happy place to be."

Stinson owns several other restaurants in Gulfport and Biloxi, and he told WLOX News Now some of his best dishes from Lookout will now be offered at other restaurants: Salute and Kelly's in Gulfport.

When asked if there would ever be another Lookout, he simply said, "Never say never."

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