New Development; Restaurant coming to Gulf Shores

New Development; Restaurant coming to Gulf Shores

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Artist rendering of new Acme Oyster House in Gulf Shores. Artist rendering of new Acme Oyster House in Gulf Shores.
GULF SHORES, Alabama -

A part of Gulf Shores that most folks never see is being developed as the city's second coast, the intracoastal waterway.

"We have an opportunity to create something special over here." Gulf Shores mayor Robert Craft says "Waterway Village" will take what has been an un-used area and make it a focal point. "We intend to create an alternate vacation destination for dining, shopping, entertainment like Lulu's and Tacky Jack's we're wanting to add to that."

Construction of sidewalks, improved roadways and parking areas is expected to start in the next few days.

The intracoastal waterway is one of the best kept secrets. Lulu's and Tacky Jack's know that and now they'll have a new neighbor, Acme Oyster House.

"How could you not be excited about being a part of something so phenomenal." CEO Lucien Gunter says construction on their eight thousand square foot restaurant is expected to begin July first. "In clusters of restaurants like we are going to have here those clusters draw crowds."

Taking advantage of the second coastline is not a new idea according to Lulu's Mac McAleer. "We tried to do it before the recession hit. This is the rebirth of that again. We all suffered a bit and it's so nice to see we're back to work. We're creating jobs again. It's such a good feeling."

The city of Gulf Shores will use a million dollar seafood and tourism grant from BP to develop Waterway Village.

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