New Orleans, La - Lake-lovers who have been waiting to dine by the water finally have a few new options. It has been a slow comeback for businesses on the lakefront, but the response has been quick since a few new restaurants have opened.
It's being called "The Destination Strip."
The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar opened less than two weeks ago, and patrons have been lining up ever since to sit by the lake.
"It's been beyond any expectations we ever had," said co-owner Nick Asprodites. "We're just pleased and so excited everyone could get here. And, we're trying to bring the lake back as best as we could, and I think we're getting there."
It's not in the exact location the locals remember enjoying before the storm.
"We kind of miss the West End restaurants. Of course they're not there anymore. Used to go there quite a bit," said customer Dino Distefano.
However, since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told restaurant owners they couldn't build on West End, where places like Eager's and Bruning's used to be, the owner of Brisbi's says this is the next best thing.
"I had no idea it was going to take this long to come back and it was difficult to build on this side of the levee, it really was," said Jonathan Brisbi.
However, with dedication and plenty of seafood lovers hungry for lakefront views, Brisbi's is now part of a restaurant line up that customers can't get enough of.
"We're born and raised here, always loved coming out here, there should be more out here," said customer Rennin Schoen.
The restaurant owners and customers alike want the area to be a destination for both those who used to love to eat by the lake and new people who haven't tried it yet.
"It's New Orleans, it's part of our heritage, it's just part of what we always did," said customer Jackie Schoen.