Hallie’s Landing ties love story together in Crescent City
Ever wanted to have lunch a stone’s throw away from an operable World War II-era submarine that’s open for tours?
Starting today, that is now possible in Crescent City as Hallie’s Landing celebrates its grand opening at Lake Stella location, 831 Huntington Road, after more than two years of planning.
There, customers can take advantage of pedal boat rentals and a ride in a replica S-44 submarine, which was constructed using schematics found in the National Archives, co-owner Lloyd Reeves said.
Customers can also enjoy a lunch menu and soft-serve ice cream, options that will later be expanded for breakfast and dinner hours, co-owner Lloyd Reeves said.
Hallie’s Landing will be jointly run by Reeves and his wife, Hallie, for whom the business is named. It’s the bow neatly tying together a love story dating back to when the couple was entering their teen years.
They met after Lloyd Reeves’ mother forced him to take a ballroom dance class against his will, he said.
“I used to take my bike and travel across town to go see her,” he said.
He later moved away and went on to establish pedal boat businesses in California, but when he returned to Crescent City nearly 42 years later, the couple reconnected and got married.
In the years since Lloyd Reeves left, Hallie Reeves had gotten involved in several businesses, but often not as an owner. Along with co-owning the business, it was named after her as tribute.
“I thought it would be great to have a startup where she was an owner instead of a hardworking spectator,” Reeves said.
The couple have been building buzz surrounding the business for months through its Facebook page, posting photos and video of the boats and the submarine’s interior.
So far, the community’s response has been of supportive disbelief, Reeves said.
On Wednesday, the page announced its grand opening date after the business passed inspections by the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Until today, Hallie’s Landing only offered pedal boat and submarine rides on weekends while its café was under construction.
With everything being open to the public, Hallie’s Landing will be open seven days a week, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to sunset on weekends. The submarine, however, will be primarily open on weekends and available by appointment the rest of the week, Reeves said.
For more information, call 559-8125.