Beloved restaurant closes doors for good
BATON ROUGE - It was a bittersweet day as Val's Marina closed it doors for good Saturday after the land was bought out by Livingston Parish to help ease flood insurance rates.
It's been open for nearly 60 years in Maurepas, and the restaurant is known for its tasty seafood but its also one of the flood prone properties that has consistently been hit by storms, but soon it will be demolished.
Long time customers say its was more than just a restaurant to many in the community.
"My dad and I use to come down here fishing a lot and when they built the place we would stop in and eat lunch," said Jack "cracker" Alderman. "Being the last day this place is closing... its like losing an old friend."
The restaurant has consistently been hit by major flood damage after storms, so the parish decided to purchase the property trying to ease flooding concerns in that area.
"We hate to see them close," said Alderman. "We understand the reason with the flooding it's just going to continue to get worst and we understand where they are."
Owners say they have no interest in opening up another restaurant and plan to sign the property over to the parish on February 10th after that date the building will be demolished.