Gulfportians Arnie and Barbara Miszaros talk healthcare and city council while they check out the view from the newly-remodeled J’s on Beach and Shore Boulevards. The couple, who live on the other side of Gulfport Boulevard, remember the old Casa Cortez, which closed in 2003.
“We were here when it was just a Mexican place,” Barbara says. “This blowout is just tremendous. We wish them luck.”
Since Casa Cortez, four separate restaurants have occupied the building: Aquabella’s, Roman Gardens, the Dive Bar, and now J’s. The building once housed an ice cream shop on one side of Casa Cortez and a gift shop on the other; when new owners remodeled to open Aquabella’s, they removed the ice cream shop and the gift shop.