A Coast institution, Captain Al’s Steak and Seafood, has opened in a new location that features a bigger restaurant, a bar and waterfront views.
Owner Stacey Magnusen said that she and her brother, Albert Magnusen, are happy to have more space and a building perched over Bayou Bernard just south of the Cowan-Lorraine Road bridge.
“I love it, I love it,” she said. "That's something we were looking forward to the most was being accessible by water."
The Magnusens on Saturday closed the old Captain Al’s, three miles up the road, and opened the doors to their new restaurant on Tuesday.
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Their father founded Captain Al’s in 1993. Brother and sister have worked in the restaurant since they were children.
Stacey Magnusen’s daughter, Saylor, 11, is continuing the family tradition of helping out at Captain Al’s.
The new Captain Al’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Or, just remember a favorite slogan: “If the chimney’s smoking, we’re open.”
The restaurant is known for its steaks, cooked over pecan logs in an open fire pit that is visible from every table in the dining room.
“My brother and I have been in here day and night for months and months just trying to get everything ready," Magnusen said. She said they have a big new bar — something they lacked at the old location.
They are waiting on a liquor license and are also making plans to serve fresh-shucked oysters.
The restaurant is known for its Captain Al’s special — a 12-ounce rib eye, shrimp, twice-baked potatoes and crab salad for $23.95.
Diners also look forward to “pork chop Thursday,” when they can get two grilled or fried pork chops, homemade mashed potatoes, English peas or fried okra, and bread for $9.99. The restaurant’s Facebook page offers promo codes for lunch specials, which whittles the price to $7.
Regulars love the gumbo, the homemade key lime pie and the homemade dressings, which also are sold by the jar.
Magnusen sees some busy years ahead.
"There's room for growth, she said. “This is our life. This is it.”