Daytona Beach Pier reopens with Joe's Crab Shack

Pier reopens after 3-year shutdown for renovations

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Historic Daytona Beach Pier reopens on Tuesday after being closed for repairs and upgrades since October 2009 with the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Joe's Crab Shack.

The seafood chain restaurant's opening marks the rebirth of the 90-year-old pier, which under went $10 million in renovations.

Tuesday is the soft opening will begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the restaurant's opening at 11 a.m. 

The pier also opened for fishermen like Ed White, who said he came out with his family to enjoy the new pier.

"Fishing just taking a walk, its going to bring a lot of revenue into the county," White said.

The rooftop patio bar and pier shop are schedule to open June 19.

The historic casino building was transformed into the restaurant. So far, Local 6 found the resident reviews have been positive.

"From dilapidated and run down to now something really magical," said Ann Chance.

The city says it'll do a grand opening around the 4th of July.

Joe's Crab Shack has 123 locations nationwide, but this will be the first one sitting above the ocean.

Patrons can park in a new 40-space lot and pedicabs will also be available to bring beach-goers right up to Joe's Crab Shack.

Watch Local 6 for more information.

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