A small trailer at the corner of Second Street and Fleitas Avenue has sort of become the epicenter of Pass Christian at lunch. Jean Lundy is right in the middle of the action.
"Business is good," the Pirate's Cove employee said. "I love it."
A little more than two weeks ago, Pirate's Cove started serving its poboys again. And just like that, customers lined up to place a take out order. Lundy said the small take out stand was set up because Pirate's Cove was "trying to help our community. They're so happy for us to be back. So it was very important."
And it's not just Pirate's Cove employees who are saying that. A couple of banks, an insurance agent, two different realtor trailers, and a quick stop have turned what used to be War Memorial Park into Pass Christian's temporary downtown business district.
And they've all brought hope to some hurricane weary residents like Forrest Stevens. He was thrilled to have a "roast beef poboy and a Barq's root beer from Pirate's Cove. With fighting with FEMA and the insurance companies and everything, it's just a little bit of what's normal is nice again."
Hurricane Katrina wiped out the Highway 90 restaurant. Until recently, all the Lamarca family saved was a framed piece of a Pirate's Cove wall. Now, the family is making new memories in a temporary kitchen in Pass Christian's temporary business park.
"It's great to be back in business," Dawn Lamarca said while holding the piece of the wall. Suddenly, a tear welled up in her eye.
"But this our life," she said, pointing to the frame. "We'll be back. We'll be back."
Having merchants like Pirate's Cove reopen can only help Pass Christian's sagging tax base. In October, city sales tax collections were down 85 percent.