Old McDonald's had a … Shrimp Basket: New restaurant coming to Destin

Shrimp Basket

By the end of the year, The Shrimp Basket will be serving up favorites from the building formerly occupied by McDonald’s.

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 02:57 PM.

Who is bold enough to acquire the building once occupied by the Golden Arches that are recognized around the world?

The Shrimp Basket — a family owned business that got its start nearly 20 years ago in Gulf Shores, Ala., and has since grown to include 15 Shrimp Basket locations throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

Looking to open sometime before Christmas, but definitely by the end of the year, the Destin Shrimp Basket will be located in the old McDonald’s building at 711 Harbor Boulevard, next to Beach Drive and Funky Blue's Shack.

Shrimp Basket District Manager Todd Carroll tells The Log that the family-friendly chain of restaurants typically stay around the Gulf of Mexico.

"We opened a location in Tuscaloosa in July; college towns have been good to us," said Carroll, so he's betting the restaurant will be a big draw to Destin's spring break crowd.

Carroll said they decided that the old McDonald's building would be the perfect location to open a Shrimp Basket restaurant.

"The size of the building is great for what we need, the flow is great, obviously we're going to need to remodel a bit," said Carroll. “The building just kind of seemed to be right in the middle of everything, right in the middle of town."

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