Southport continues to grow with more food options

SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - For some Southport residents there aren't many food options in the area, but officials with the Sandhills Shrimp Company and Oyster Bar say they want to change that as the area continues to grow.

The restaurant is aiming to provide fresh seafood and a seafood market to locals. (WJHG/WECP)

Officials say they'll provide something different to locals as well as a seafood market.

Mike McCormick, the General Manager for the Sandhills Shrimp Company and Oyster Bar said, "We're actually able to supply a lot of our fresh seafood and everything to our local guests and customers, as well as the residents. There are about four or five-thousand guests and customers that live right in this general area."

Despite the smaller area, McCormick, who is transitioning over from owner Frank Reiland's other restaurant Frankie D's, says it's been a learning experience.

He said, "Expanding Southport has been a transitional phase, especially moving from the beach to the country. We're learning a lot of different things of what customers want from us."

As the restaurant is in the early phases of opening their doors, officials say they'll continue to work and expand their menu to fit what suits their customers, but for now the menu consists of oysters, baked and raw, Po'boys, and fresh seafood.

As all of Bay County continues to recover, locals in smaller areas like Southport are able to grab a bite to eat and start to feel normal again.

The restaurant is open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the market is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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