GALVESTON (Houston Chronicle) – Landry’s founder Tilman Fertitta is restoring a little of Galveston Island’s history.

The Houston Chronicle reports that construction has begun on Fertitta’s $60 million Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, an amusement attraction much like the one that opened in 1943 at 25th St. It was destroyed by Hurricane Carla in 1961.

The new attraction will be built at the same location, jutting out 1,000 feet over the Gulf. The site was most recently home to the Flagship Hotel.

Plans call for 16 rides (including a roller coaster and Ferris wheel), carnival games, souvenir shops, food vendors and the state’s first Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant.

Pleasure Pier is slated to open in May.

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