Posted: Jan 13, 2013 8:59 PM by Olivia LaBorde
Updated: Jan 13, 2013 8:59 PM
MAUREPAS - Walking through Val's Marina in rain boots is déjà vu for Brett Bell.
Water is every where you look, just like after Hurricane Isaac.
"It's kinda surreal. We didn't know the water was gonna get back in," says Bell's wife and restaurant co-owner Nicole.
The couple had just bought all-new equipment, and was set to reopen the popular eatery's doors. However, this recent wave of storms changed that.
"This is gonna push us back, we're not sure how much it just depends on how long the water stays in," says Nicole Bell.
It was much to the disappointment of thousands of loyal guests who checked the popular eatery's Facebook page religiously for updates.
"Everyone's blowing it up. We miss them tremendously and they've been really really good to us. They're ready for shrimp they're ready for our boiled seafood," she says.
There's no way to know when the next round of heavy rains will bring Bell's right back to square one again.
But despite that, they're staying put.
"Val's has been here for almost 50 years. And our customers are really funny about how they want it identical. And they want it right where it's at. Same food, same everything," says Bell. "It's a really good community and a really good location I can't see us going anywhere else with it," she adds.