Toucan's on the way to rebuilding with a new sister restaurant opening soon

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MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - There's been no doubt Toucan's on the Beach would make a comeback, according to one of the owners, Patrick Lee.

Toucan's is taking steps toward rebuilding and its owners are working on opening a new sister restaurant as well. (WJHG/WECP)

"We would love to have the building open as quick as possible," said Lee.

Now, plans to rebuild are underway for the beloved Mexico Beach restaurant.

"We are in the middle of the design phase of the new building, we're still waiting on a lot of infrastructure and things that have to happen in Mexico Beach," said Lee.

While the building will be brought up to the latest code, including some elements like making it 17 feet off the ground, Lee says he's hoping to bring the charm of the old structure into the new one.

"What made Toucan's special, we're gonna try to bring it back, some of the look that the Toucan's had, multi-level decks, beach, a lot of wood and things like that," said Lee.

But it's not out with the old for the new restaurant.

"We are going to do a memorial wall for Mexico Beach and Toucan's," said Lee.

The owners of Toucan's say they're going to build another sister restaurant, named after their very own mascot Duce Longbill.

"We are opening a second restaurant on Cape San Blas right now it's gonna be called Longbill's," Lee said.

Longbill's will serve items like pizza and seafood.

"We're gonna have a lot of fun with it and we're excited," said Lee.

The owners say they're hoping Longbill's will open in late August. As for Toucan's, they're hoping to have it open by spring 2021.

The Toucan's owners also say they are looking for items people may have found after the storm to put on the memorial wall. To reach them you can go to their Facebook page by clicking here.

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