Lucy Buffett creates a new ‘Destin’ation with opening of second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, Florida
“I am absolutely thrilled to be opening LuLu’s in Destin, Florida. The positive reception we have received from the local community has been awesome. I can’t wait to share our special gumbo love and authentic Gulf Coast cuisine with the thousands of friends that journey to the Florida Panhandle every year. I’m humbled and grateful to everyone who has helped make this big dream come true.”
-Lucy Buffett, Owner
Lucy Buffett is opening her second LuLu’s restaurant in Destin, FL on Monday, June 15th. The restaurant sits next to Legendary Marine at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge along the Choctawhatchee Bay.
LuLu’s has been operating since 1999 – first on Weeks Bay in Fairhope, Alabama, and since 2004 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, where the family-friendly restaurant serves over 750,000 guests a year. With its fun coastal charm and spirited atmosphere, the Destin 20,000 square foot complex features 180’ of bayfront views and seats 350 in the main dining area with additional patio seating. The venue also features the Crazy Sista Bay Bar, with a spectacular view of the sunset. LuLu’s Destin has ample parking and provides a convenient “Gumbo Train” to assist guests to and from the parking lots.
Maintaining the Gulf Shores model, LuLu’s Destin will offer tons of fun activities for the kids including a sandy beach, Fountain of Youth, face painting, hair wraps, pails, shovels and toys galore making it the ideal playtime venue. Adults will hit the jackpot with a winning combination of food, fun, full bars (inside and out), and free live music nightly. The merchandise area offers a variety of unique gifts for the LuLu’s guest. From signature shirts and hats to beach-themed jewelry, this Crazy Sista has thought of it all. She even has her own Crazy Sista brand apparel, hot sauces, and seasonings. Thirsty? Take home some of the Crazy Sista Bloody Mary mix or sip at sunset on a Crazy Sista Honey Ale.
The authentic Gulf Coast cuisine at LuLu’s Destin features favorites from Lucy’s cookbook, Crazy Sista Cooking Cuisine and uses locally sourced fresh seafood and ingredients. A sampling of LuLu’s signature dishes include: Seafood Gumbo, Fried Green Tomatoes, Lucy’s version of Cheeseburgers in Paradise, and Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding. One of LuLu’s most unique features is its extensive Allergy Menu which addresses gluten, egg, shellfish, seafood, dairy, and soy allergies. Prepared in a separate area of the kitchen, each allergy item is given the utmost attention beginning with a manager personally taking the order at your table.
LuLu’s Gulf Shores has a 22 million dollar economic impact per year on the local community. Buffett foresees the same positive influence being replicated in Destin and is exuberant about the project stating,
“I am passionate about taking care of my customers and we do that by being the absolute best that we can be. It’s all about excellence and having fun at LuLu’s. But without my great team of employees, I’m just a woman with an idea. They make it all happen and I’m humbled that they have taken this journey with me. I know the folks in Destin will not be disappointed, commented Lucy.”
Open 7 days a week, LuLu’s Destin is located at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge next to Legendary Marine, 4607 Legendary Marina Drive, Destin, Florida 32541. For further information, visit www.lulubuffett.com or call 850-710-LULU (5858).
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LuLu’s is a family-friendly dining and entertainment destination owned by Lucy Buffett. The LuLu’s “Mothership” is located in Gulf Shores, AL and serves over 4,000 people a day during peak season. Not to be confused with just any restaurant, the Gulf Shores location also includes: the Bama Breeze Bar; the Sunset Grill; the Fountain of Youth; the Mountain of Youth, a hair wrap station, and LuLu’s Fun Arcade. Lucy opened her second location in Destin, FL on June 15, 2015. Both restaurants are uniquely located along the Intracoastal Waterway in the shadow of a bridge, cementing the Gulf Coast atmosphere that has become synonymous with LuLu’s. Each location prepares Lucy’s own recipes with the freshest locally sourced ingredients. When visiting LuLu’s, guests are instantly transported from everyday life to vacation via gorgeous waterfront views, fabulous food, and stellar service. To learn more about LuLu’s, visit www.lulubuffett.com.
About Lucy Buffett
Creative chef, business woman, author and the original Crazy Sista, Lucy Buffett is more than a sibling of famous troubadour Jimmy; just as her business, LuLu’s, is more than a restaurant. As creator of the LuLu’s brand, Lucy has taken her initial dream, LuLu’s Sunset Grill, to become a destination in and of itself serving over half a million customers a year at the Gulf Shores location, and in the summer of 2015, opened a second LuLu’s location in Destin, FL. Lucy Buffett combines true Southern coastal graciousness and authenticity with the nerve of a successful entrepreneur. Known as Crazy Sista for good reason, Lucy marches to the beat of her own drum. She can play nice, but only by the rules she has broken, bent, or reinvented.