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Breakers On The Beach Closes Sunday

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It's an icon of Panama City Beach. A business that has been around for decades. But after Sunday, the doors to the Breakers will no longer be open.

"The feeling is pretty gut wrenching," said Jack Bishop.

Bishop bought the Breakers at the age of 27 and has spent practically his entire adult life transforming the restaurant into a Panama City Beach "hot-spot".

"It brought something different to Panama City Beach then and it had a pretty good life," said Bishop.

A life, 42 years later, now coming to an nostalgic end.

"Breakers is just one of a kind," said Peggy Trawick. "The only one of its kind on the beach now."

For decades, tourists and locals have come here for fresh Gulf seafood and entertainment.

"Entertainment was fantastic," said Margaret Parens.

"For many years, we had old names, new names, future names," said Bishop. "We had Clutch and The Mandells."

Bishop actually sold the property in 2005.

"Then the market crashed, and I've been a caretaker basically since 2005," said Bishop.

But recently the ownership question was answered. A bank from out of town now has possession and will be putting it on the market on May 1st.

"We're very sadden by the fact that it's not gonna be here anymore," said Trawick. "We have so many good memories and we have so many good times here. We are so thankful they've been a part of our lives."

It's a sad moment for Bishop too. In fact, he originally didn't plan to be present for the restaurant's final hours on Sunday.

"I was just gonna fade away, you know like old soldiers fade away, that's what I want the Breakers to do," said Bishop.

But it's clear with so many memories shared by Bishop and his customers, fading away will be easier said then done.

"There's not another place like it out here," said Parens. "So it's just really really gonna be missed."

Harpoon harry's located right next door will also close.

Bishop operates two family buffet restaurants and they will remain open.