Gator bites, anyone?
It won’t be long until you can order up a batch of fresh alligator, along with other authentic New Orleans cuisine, in downtown Kokomo.
Boondocks Food and Spirits, a restaurant that opened in Peru a year-and-a-half ago, announced Wednesday it plans to open a second eatery at 513 N. Buckeye St. in the former Tudor Building.
Boondocks co-owner Steve Foht said Wednesday plans are to begin renovating the building in around 90 days and be open for business in about 120 days, serving up steak, fresh seafood, specialty burgers and other cuisine born on the bayous of New Orleans.
“I love New Orleans,” Foht said. “I think it’s one of the most romantic cities in the world, and when you walk through our doors, you’re going to feel like you’re not in town anymore.”
He said the 8,000-square-foot first floor will house the eatery, which will be designed to look and feel like Bourbon Street in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter.
A spiral staircase will lead to the basement, where patrons can enjoy a drink in a stylish martini bar.
The restaurant also will host live jazz and blues music, Foht said.
“The building is a blank canvas right now,” he said. “When we’re done, it’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be an absolutely beautiful space.”
Foht said plans are to invest around $200,000 to get the restaurant up and running inside the building, which is located in a redevelopment district along the 500 block of North Buckeye Street spearheaded by real estate development company KipCor.
With business booming at the Peru eatery since it opened in early 2013, Foht said they’ve been looking to expand, and knew downtown Kokomo was the place to do it.
“After seeing what’s been going on in Kokomo — all the awesome downtown redevelopment — it was a no brainer to come down,” Foht said. “We want to be a part of that. It’s a beautiful thing going on in downtown Kokomo right now.”
Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @carsongerber1.