Those rumors earlier this summer that Galveston’s Flagship Hotel would soon be sold to an unnamed buyer didn’t pan out. And now it looks like Landry’s Restaurants may also be backing away from its earlier backup plan to tear down the hotel and build a “pleasure pier” in its place. A Landry’s official tells the Galveston County Daily News‘s Laura Elder the company now plans to repair and reopen the hurricane-ravaged hulk-on-a-pier at 25th Street and Seawall Blvd.:
The city built the Flagship in 1965 as a show of confidence after Hurricane Carla struck the coast.
If Landry’s developed an entertainment complex, it would return the 25th Street pier to its roots. In 1943, the city built the Galveston Municipal Pleasure Pier.
At 1,130 feet long, the pier held a dance hall, a 2,000-seat open air arena, restaurants and concessions, according to the “Galveston Architecture Guidebook.”
Landry’s officials declined to divulge what their specific plans were.
The company is assessing the price of repairs, [Landry’s VP Steve] Greenberg said.
- Repairs, amusement rides planned for Flagship [Galveston County Daily News]
- Previously on Swamplot: Roller Coaster on the Pier: Crunch Time for the Flagship Hotel
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