When you look at Galveston before Hurricane Ike and immediately after the storm you have to wonder what kind of people it takes to start all over after a storm to not only save your own business, but to rebuild your home and community. Mike Dean is one of those people. He’s been the owner of Yaga’s Cafe on the Strand since 1986. He’d already had to replace a wall after Hurricane Rita in 2005. Then along comes Ike, with its huge storm surge which left Yaga’s with 13 feet of water inside.
Since Ike, Mike not only rebuilt Yaga’s and opened other locations, he also saw the need for bringing business back to Galveston. So he now operates a full service events management and production company putting on annual events on the island. Yaga’s Entertainment produces the annual Mardi Gras celebration, the Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival and the Wild Texas Shrimp Festival. They’re even working on a new Christmas themed event called Holiday in the Park.
Mike says above all else, Ike taught him that he loves living the life he has in Galveston. And with that life, comes an occasional hurricane. But he believes its worth it!