In 1978, the first Dybdal family-owned business venture sprouted on Highway 77, one block north of the Panama City Mall, with the opening of 77 Seafood Market & Oyster Bar. Soon after, the family began to negotiate large wholesale contracts with local businesses, the first being Captain D’s Restaurant. The family continued to grow their business, along with their list of wholesale customers, to include clientele such as Captain Anderson’s, and other big names. At the urging of their customers, the family next added Pappa’s Seafood Restaurant on Highway 77 in Lynn Haven. This location specialized in family-style cuisine and offered breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The fresh seafood, signature dishes, and great hospitality made 'Pappa’s' a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Since Highway 77 was one of the main Beach routes, the Dybdals purchased additional land and then built 77 Seafood Market & Restaurant. They further expanded their cuisine and created some of the specialty dishes that still exist on this menu to date. Oysters Sandra, a popular menu item named for daughter Sandy, continues to be one of the most widely-sold items offered. A trip to Panama City Beach would not be complete without fresh local seafood. The Dybdals and Arnolds saw this need and founded Pier 77 Restaurant at 3016 Thomas Drive in 1982, and is run by the daughter Sandy Arnold. They provide their infamous family recipes to the public at affordable prices in a casual and friendly atmosphere. After Pier 77 opened, they saw another need in the market and created Shrimp City right next door. This marketplace. which is run by the son Hal Dybdal, Jr., began offering a wide variety of fresh seafood to its customers, and to Pier 77 as well ... they will even steam and season your shrimp for free and pack it for travel. From these humble beginnings, the family's father Harold Dybdal Sr. (aka Mr. H), daughter Sandy, and son Hal have worked together as a team to develop five family seafood businesses that have spanned decades. On any given day of the week, you may find four generations of this close-knit family actively involved in the daily operations. We hope our restaurant and market gives you as much joy as it has given us.

(Shrimp City is currently not open due to damages sustained during Hurricane Michael ... but should reopen soon)