It took restaurant manager Patty Briscoe almost five months to rebuild the Gaff after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. It was a tough rebuild for her and many others.
But now with the first post-Harvey summer nearing completion, area merchants can now take stock of their businesses.
The Gaff in Port AransasBusiness appears to be coming back at several tourism hot spots.
Some business owners faced major challenges this summer. Business at Cita retail and Old Town Cottages have seen many customers renting for short-term stays and buying merchandise from their store.
They hope this return is only the start to a more prosperous future.
Kitchen staff at La Barataria Restaurant & Wine Bar are preparing for continued growth after a summer season that was better than expected.
“We started off a little bit slower than we had thought,” said Jordan McCann, a manager and chef at La Barataria. “As we went along things kept improving and we saw more people coming from Corpus Christi, Austin, San Antonio. A lot of the people that have not been here for a while or maybe didn’t think there wasn’t any room for them.”