New pizza place opens, offers shark as a topping
DESTIN -- When they get a shark-sized appetite, why not take the family where the locals feed
Destin's new Landshark's Pizza has a fin up on the competition when it comes to pushing out brick oven pizza worth writing home about.
Longtime Destinites and self-professed country boys David Hooten and Tom Shelton decided that the quiet period between the tourists leaving and the arrival of the Snowbirds would be perfect for the soft opening of their family friendly pizzeria to open its jaws to the locals.
The economic timing seems a little off for a business to open, but Landshark's has pretty tough skin.
"No matter how bad the economy might seem, people are gonna shop for a value and they aren't gonna stop eating pizza," Hooten said. "The generation coming up was raised on pizza, and people will still continue to go out to eat at a great place for an affordable price."
Landshark's claim to fame is right in their name.
"What we hang our hat on is a mako shark pizza," Hooten said. "It's made with real mako shark bought straight from Destin Ice."
The shark pizza has mako shark bits that are fried up and put on a pie with alfredo sauce, onions and mushrooms.
The multi-talented artist, surfer and pizza chef, Adam Bayard, 27, also serves up alligator pizza that 99ROCK describes as a "Cajun slap in the face."
"The idea is you can only get this in Destin," Shelton said.
Landshark's is also an ideal place to catch football and baseball on six 42-inch plasma TVs in a clean and cozy nook where the crew knows the regular lunch crowd by name.
Hooten and Shelton pride themselves on running an original, not franchised, local's retreat that serves up a fun menu that won't make the wallet cry.
"We built this from the ground up and hope to open more up and down the Emerald Coast," Hooten said.
Landshark's Pizza will have their grand opening Saturday at 1 p.m. The restaurant, located at 763-2 Harbor Blvd next to Old Time Pottery, also delivers. Just call 42-GOPIE. Z96 will be on hand to give away Georgia Tech tickets.
Florida Freedom Newspapers
By Jenni Rich