When it’s fine dining you crave, but your wallet just won’t support your palette, look no further than the new Lookout Steakhouse, located at 1301 26th Avenue in Gulfport. The latest venture for Gulf Coast Restaurants, LLC. Lookout is an impeccable blending of the old and the new. Located in a building, that once housed the First National Bank of Hancock and Harrison, the dining room is full of ambiance and style. Three huge pieces of the buildings original 1908 Warner Elevator are artfully used in the decidedly rustic décor. The brick walls and well-placed ironwork bring the flavor of turn of the century banking into focus.
Co-owner and operator, Rob Stinson, says that Lookout was a labor of love from its very inception. “We were lucky enough to find the perfect setting for our vision of what a great steakhouse could be while preserving the heritage of the coast for the clients to enjoy. The City of Gulfport is as committed as we are to saving our history. They really went the extra mile to help us make this preservation project a reality. We already operate Salute’ Italian and Back Bay Restaurants and we knew that this particular restaurant was going to be different in every way,” Stinson said.
Adjoining the dining room is an old textile factory that now houses the lavish Lookout Event Center that can seat 300+. Complete with separate entrance and full bar, the facility also has a dressing room for brides, grooms and privacy for the occasional celebrity guest. “We have left nothing to chance in our event facility. Since this area of the building was once home to a textile center, we are able to put to good use the large service elevator for food service from the kitchen below,” Stinson said.
There are 6 different managing partners in the tight-knit group that were all one-time employees of the LLC. Corporate Chef, Cory Fazzio, makes dishes sing with his extra special attention to detail. Rob Stinson put his unique experiences as a New Orleans Chef to the test when creating some of the mouth-watering menu items. The crawfish etouffee’ recipe came from Stinson’s time spent studying with famous New Orleans Chef Nathaniel Burton at Broussard’s Restaurant. “When I worked for the Marcellos family at Broussard’s, Chef Burton never allowed anyone to write down recipes. We all had to watch, remember and learn to cook as much with our hearts and feelings as with our eyes and hands,” Stinson said.
The menu shows the care placed into every dish and consistency is a must for each order that comes to a table. From expertly grilled duck and certified Angus beef steaks to local favorites like shrimp and grits and the Kobi Beef Burger, it just doesn’t get any better. The prices are not as extravagant as the food and Lookout is fast becoming the place to be to get a great lunch time special.
Gulf Coast Restaurant Group, LLC supports the local seafood community and is committed to being a top supporter of local charities. There will be a Silent Auction held on September 11, 2011 in the new event center to benefit the Infinity Science Center located adjacent to the Mississippi Welcome Center off exit 2 off I-10 in Hancock County. The Mayor of Gulfport, George Schloegel and Former NASA Astronaut, Fred Haise, are expected to attend. Rob Stinson will be doing a live cooking demonstration. For more information or to reserve a table please call Lookout Steakhouse at 228-248-0555.