The History of Pirates Cove presented by Mobile Bay Magazine
by Super Admin
on Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 12:10pm.
If you were to tell someone to meet you where Robert’s Bayou meets Arnica Bay, they’d probably ask, “Where’s that?” Tell them to meet you at Pirates Cove, however, and they’d ask, “What time?”
Many around here know that the legendary third-generation beach shack in Elberta has a history littered with bushwackers, cheeseburgers, sandy canines and salty regulars. But few know that the bar and restaurant wouldn’t be what it is today without Civil War privateers, a high-end Chicago hotel and a German immigrant initiative in Baldwin County.
Operated by brothers Paul and Karl Mueller (although ownership remains in the hands of their mother Eileen), Pirates Cove is a living tapestry of innumerable employees, regulars and “riff raff.” This is its unlikely story — in their words.