‘Hot pizza on a cold, beach day’: South Walton restaurants stay open despite bitter cold

marie's bistro

During the cold weather, hot, comfort foods were popular choices. Here, is a big bowl of homemade tomato basil soup from Marie's Bistro.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 04:03 PM.

An outside world covered in a thin sheet of ice didn’t stop some South Walton restaurants from serving hungry customers.

“I’m a believer in serving guests when they’re hungry and sticking to our hours as much as possible,” said Hanie Nasri, general manager of Marie’s Bistro.

Opening the bistro this morning, there wasn’t any snow to shovel, just a couple of frozen pipes to deal with, Nasri said.

At 723 Whiskey Bravo, Director of Operations of George Barnes said there was some ice around the sidewalks, which they treated with kosher salt.

Business may have been considerably slower due to the cold weather, but as many businesses and schools were closed, residents and visitors were grateful to get out of the house.

“A lot of people have had cabin fever,” Barnes said. “In the last two days everyone has been so appreciative of us staying open.”

With road closures all around Walton County and Destin, employee safety is high on the list of priorities.

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