A new restaurant will offer outside dining along the Pascagoula River.
Brady’s Steaks and Seafood is 12 feet off the ground, which makes for a nice view from the rear dining porch.
“There’s a great breeze up there,” said co-owner Steven Brady, and enough tables to accommodate 40 or more.
He was working this week on finishing touches to the entrance of the $1.25 million property, which will enhance the city’s restaurant options.
People have been watching and waiting.
Brady said there’s a regular stream of curious drivers.
“People make the loop every day,” he said, driving Laurel Avenue to 3801 Magnolia Street to look down the long driveway and check out the progress.
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People are hungry for a new restaurant in Pascagoula. It’s been under construction since the early last summer.
Brady said this week he expects to open in the third week of April.
“It’s getting close,” he told the Sun Herald.
So what’s on the menu?
“We know we’re going to have a variety of fresh fish, oysters and several steaks,” he said.
Appreciating the river
Bushes along the water have been groomed to grant a select view of the river in that area.
The restaurant sits along the canal that skirts Lighthouse Park, across the river from the city’s River Park on the west bank.
Pascagoula has been working to create more commercial access to its riverfront. The city has been transforming the area for years with parks, parking and efforts to bring in townhouses or condos.
Brothers Steven and Chad Brady settled on the name Brady’s Steaks and Seafood for the restaurant that has 4,200 square feet inside and close to 5,000 square feet with the porches.
They have had a success with the thriving Lenny’s Sub Shop on Market Street.
Access by boat?
The new steak and seafood restaurant is at an old homestead on the fringes of the prime residential Lake Avenue area.
The U.S. 90 high-rise bridge and its highway noises are well overhead and out of the way. Industrial shipyard sounds are muffled in the distance.
Outdoor dining has always been part of the plan. There has also been talk of allowing customers boat access to the restaurant along the canal the city uses so often to launch kayaks.
When it’s up and running, Brady’s expects to employ 30 to 40, and they’re hiring now.
Inside, to the left of the entrance, is a small meeting room that can hold 18 to 20.
At one time, there was talk of booking musical or other live events from time to time. That’s not part of the plan in the beginning, Brady said.
Pascagoula City Manager Joe Huffman said the city welcomes another restaurant and bragged that Pascagoula restaurants “offer good food without the hassles of other towns,” where patrons have to wrangle with limited parking.