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FROM CHRON.COM – GALVESTON — Landry’s Restaurants Inc. has announced plans to restore the Hurricane Ike-damaged Flagship Hotel in Galveston.

Officials with Landry’s say the project will return amusement rides, including a carousel and a Ferris wheel, to the pier.

Spokeswoman Dancie Ware says the rides will be consistent with those that existed when the pier was built in 1940. The hotel was constructed in 1965. (More on this story here.)

The property is owned by Landry’s CEO Tilman Fertitta, who in 2004 bought the hotel and agreed to spend at least $15 million on renovations.

Ike slammed Galveston in September 2008, damaging both the pier and the hotel building.