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Harpoon Harry's to Reopen

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It was a landmark on Panama City Beach for nearly half a century, until last April when the Breakers Restaurant closed its doors for good.

The next door neighbor, Harpoon Harry's, also closed at the time but you might be hearing that name again soon.

"New Panama City Beach.. new Harpoon Harry's," said Jack Bishop, former owner.

That's the motto for the new and improved restaurant which will take over the old Breakers building.

"Breakers was here since the 50's. I was here since 71," said Bishop. "The beaches have changed dramatically over those 40 years and to move forward we need something for more people… not tied to shows and entertainment, but tied to good food and our location, the view, and the Gulf of Mexico."

Bishop was the owner of the restaurant duo for many years until he sold in 2005. The restaurant remained open for a few years under his management, until the final closure in April 2013. The lot was on the market until October, when Bishop and a group of other investors repurchased it.

"There's a whole group of investors and I'm just a part of it."

A few of the old decorations still stand now, but little by little they are being replaced to create a completely new atmosphere.

"It was a show club was built so 350 people could see the entertainment, like Clutch," said Bishop.

The new look will include more outdoor waterfront seating.

A few employees were invited back, but for the most part a completely new staff with join a new menu to create a new beginning.

"It's a fresh start all the way around."

The new restaurant will have a soft opening in the end of February. The grand opening will take place in April, just in time for the Spring Break crowds.