The Blow Fly Inn, never an inn, was originally a steak house, later adding barbecued ribs and then seafood. It was opened in 1961 by the late Bert and Al Malone. |
"Al cooked on an open pit and it was just a shack," said owner Scott Weinberg. "Wanna-be customers kept asking another restaurant owner up the street how to find Al's place, and he began telling them, "just follow the string of blow flies."
The name stuck.
The Blow Fly, a popular Gulfport eating spot on Bayou Bernard where Washington Avenue and Magnolia Street intersect, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, but Weinberg says he will be back with the same name.
"Right now we're in the Holiday Inn across from Wal-Mart (U.S. 49) but we plan to be back at 1201 Washington Avenue in a year and a half," said Weinberg, who spent several years in the restaurant business in Washington, D.C., before buying into the Blow Fly in 1998.
"The inn has a lot of history. It holds a lot of great memories for generations of families."
Southern Living listed the Blow Fly Inn in 2004 among its favorite seafood dives. Weinberg, a Gulfport native, said floodwaters from Katrina went over the top of the building.
"They found a few menus across the bayou," he said.
"It's the third time in seven years that we were flooded. We got hit by Hurricane Georges and Isadore, too."
Weinberg said he had flood insurance and would probably get a Small Business Administration loan.
"We will be back, and we will build higher," he added.
- GARY HOLLAND