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Big Pines Lodge reborn on Caddo Lake

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Some are excited about the catfish. Some are excited about having a place to gather. Some are ready for the tourists that will come, but everyone on Caddo Lake is ready for the grand re-opening of Big Pines Lodge in Karnack, Texas.

"We've had a lot of people just walk in and walk up to me. They shake my hand and thank me for building it back," said Gary Closkey, the general contractor in charge of the construction.

Before a fire forced the restaurant to close in 2009, it had been a staple in the Caddo Lake community for more than 60 years. It was a mainstay in the area and some still long for the catfish platters and hush puppies that made the place so popular.

"It was booming, packed every weekend. And I'm sure this place will be packed too, with it just opening and everything people will want to see what it's like the old one," said Bridgett Moore, who says the catfish was always her favorite.

Management says the online response to the reopening has been astounding.

"We have over 4000 people on our Facebook, so you can imagine how this is going to be," said General Manager, Kay Carter.

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