Blind Tiger restaurant chain announces plans for Fairhope Municipal Pier

One of the best places to watch a sunset in Lower Alabama is about to get a whole new menu: Mississippi restaurant chain The Blind Tiger is coming to the Fairhope Municipal Pier.

The head of the chain announced its expansion plans on Wednesday. Based in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, The Blind Tiger also has restaurants in Biloxi; Slidell, La.; and Madisonville, Louisiana. After a complete renovation of the restaurant on the pier, it will open in early 2023 and offer “all fresh, not frozen Gulf Coast dishes”.

According to Wednesday’s announcement, “existing space on the pier will be gutted and renovated, with possible expansion in the future.” Backers hope the relaunch of the pier’s food service will fuel other concessions such as boat and kayak rentals and sunset cruises. The Blind Tiger is also planning a children’s fishing rodeo, according to the announcement.

“This place is amazing,” said Blind Tiger owner Thomas Genin. “I drove from Slidell to Apalachicola looking for locations and from a waterfront perspective, I didn’t see anything like it.”

The menu “includes dishes like a double cheddar burger, Gulf shrimp poboy, mahi mahi tacos, pulled pork nachos, and seared yellowfin tuna.”

“Our menu is simple and the dishes are delicious,” Genin said. “The Blind Tiger at Fairhope will be a fun, laid back place on the water where you can enjoy great food and drink and, if you wish, pull your boat up to the restaurant.”

Brent Barkin, a company partner based in Fairhope, said the project “will bring additional life to a landmark in Fairhope”.

“Our hope is that The Blind Tiger will be the catalyst that ignites this part of Fairhope and builds on the great foundation that already exists downtown,” Barkin said in Wednesday’s announcement. “Our family is thrilled to be part of Thomas’ vision for the pier.”

According to Wednesday’s announcement, The Blind Tiger is interviewing concession businesses interested in settling on the Fairhope Municipal Pier. Interested parties can email [email protected] for more details.

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