MANCHAC, LA (NBC33) — For more than 75 years south-east Louisiana residents have gone out of their way to get to Middendorfs, a seafood restaurant on Manchac. During Hurricane Isaac, disturbing images were released - showing the famous eatery under water.
Middendorfs is located just south of Ponchatoula off Highway 55 and just east of Lake Maurepas. Today, people who work there every day are scrambling to get it back open by Wednesday.
“We will be back rolling like nothing ever happened,” a worker told NBC33 News.
Isaac's not the first storm to threaten the popular eatery. However, it's the worst flood the owners have ever seen here.
“The water rose real fast,” Horst Pfeifer, owner, said. “We [have] never seen anything like this. [The water] came in much quicker, much faster than when we had the highest water ever.”
On the walls outside are a visible reminder of Isaac's wrath, but that's the only reminder. Cooks are in the kitchen, and deliveries are coming in.
“We have 65 employees who depend on this paycheck,” Pfeifer noted.
Pfeifer says staying closed wasn't even an option, even with damages adding up to a quarter million dollars. The owner had crews out cleaning, painting, and rebuilding as soon as the water was low enough to get in. And that's good news for people like Daune Ricker, who lost everything in the storm.
“Going back to work is just a major part of just making it, so it means a lot.”
Cooks are back in the kitchen, prepping for Wednesday.
“I'm glad to be back at work,” Gail Mead, employee, said. “I'm glad we were able to open.
Middendorf's will be open again on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. And Pfeifer says if you stop by, you’ll never even realize Isaac interrupted business.