The Blue Marlin will cause a stir when the restaurant reopens in March in Centenary Square in Gulfport.
The restaurant on US 90 is in a restored historic resort building and offers views of the beach and water. It closed last year during the coronavirus pandemic for planned changes and possible relocation to another area of Centennial Plaza.
But the restaurant will remain in the same space but with a different concept, said Tessy Lambert, spokeswoman for Centennial Plaza.
“It will still be a seafood restaurant, but it’s not fine dining anymore,” Lambert said. “The concept is now much more family-oriented.
A soft opening will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 3.
The grand opening celebration will be a March 12 party in the park, featuring a free concert by singers who competed on “The Voice” TV show, Lambert said.
The party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Centennial Plaza is open to the public. Food will be available for purchase so people can sample the new Blue Marlin menu.
There will be more fried seafood that’s favored in southern Mississippi, Lambert said, and oversized po-boys big enough for a family of four to share.
An event space on the second floor of the restaurant is available for parties and banquets.
Centennial Plaza has two hotels, a wedding venue and other amenities. The water park will open at Centennial Plaza — and sister property Margariatville Resort Biloxi — on March 1 so families over spring break can enjoy the slides and lazy river rides, Lambert said.