Landry's Seafood House opened in 1994 on Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, adding another restaurant to a region noted for its tasty meals of oysters, shrimp and crabs. |
About the same time as the opening, landowners on Point Cadet began marketing their neighborhood as a possible casino site. The two might seem unrelated, being miles apart, but they came together this month when Landry's Restaurants Inc. began closing on 23 Point Cadet parcels where the Houston company intends to put a Golden Nugget Casino and Biloxi Boardwalk.
The restaurant and the Point Cadet neighborhood were both whacked by Katrina.
Landry's, between DeBuys and Eisenhower roads on the west end of the Biloxi Strip, is a washed-out shell, at least the first floor. After the storm, storm boards still hung from second floor windows.
Houses in the Point Cadet neighborhood were leveled, which prompted holdouts against selling to a casino development to sign on the dotted line. Landry's intends to develop the Point Cadet site with a casino and seven or eight of its signature restaurants, according to Ray Stronsky of Biloxi.
In addition to Seafood House, Landry's is known for Joe's Crab Shack, the Chart House, the Aquarium, Rainforest Cafe and other casual dining eateries in more than 30 states. The company began with one seafood restaurant in 1980 in Katy, Texas.
Stronsky is an agent with Grubb-Ellis/Sawyer Commercial Real Estate, the listing agency for both properties. He said that because of new restaurants planned for the Point Cadet site, the company will sell its Landry's Beach Boulevard land.
"We've been focusing on the Golden Nugget site," Stronsky said, "but now we can market the Landry's site. There are four acres there, and only two were cleared for the restaurant.
"We haven't established a price yet. A sign will be posted within the next two weeks."
- KAT BERGERON