MANCHAC, LA - The pictures tell the story, Middendorf's an area staple for more than 75 years in Manchac, ravaged by flood waters from Isaac.
"At the end of the day you couldn't see wood anymore," said owner Horst Pfeifer.
Instead of backtracking, Pfeifer, with lots of help faced the situation head on cleaning, painting and restoring his restaurant back to its previous form.
"Immediately when water hit we went offense what we need to do next to be open at a certain time."
Horst and his employees put in countless hours of work with constant reminders of how far they had come but for those who have enjoyed the tradition for years, the work symbolized one thing, getting back to normal.
"We got our catfish, french fries and coleslaw so it's optimism," added Donna gay Anderson. "It's the beginning of normal again."
And for Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess, normal also means seeing 60 of his residents get back on with life.
"That means a whole lot," said Burgess. "We're about jobs, jobs, jobs and what Middendorf's is an example of what can be done under adverse circumstances."
That is all that matters for Horst.
"I set up a goal when I wanted to be here for employees and opened up and what I want to do and we did it."