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The Hangout harks back to pre-condo days at Gulf
The Hangout harks back to pre-condo days at Gulf
Sunday, April 27, 2008 By KATHY JUMPERReal Estate Editor Developer Shaul Zislin wanted to bring back the beach the one before condominiums lined the Gulf, when one-piece swimsuits were sexy, the only beer served was root beer, burgers were 25 cents, the DJ was a jukebox and cars had muscles.
His latest venture, The Hangout on the beach at Alabama 59 and 182, pays tribute to the original, open air Hangout that graced the Gulf Shores beach scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
"You can't believe all the calls I've had from people who remember The Hangout," he said as he pointed to a worn, red buoy on the wall given to the restaurant by one of the original lifeguards. There's even a Hangout reunion scheduled there next weekend.
The 17,000-square-foot restaurant, which sits on 2.5 prime acres, opens Friday. The restaurant will employ 250 and features three outdoor bars, a 50-foot tower with a large movie screen for nostalgic beach movies and an outdoor stage for live entertainment.
The project is one of the largest private commercial ventures in several years. The area is part of four blocks at the ... more

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