PANAMA CITY BEACH — Touted as South Walton's longest-established restaurant, Seaside 's Bud & Alley's is branching out and opening a second location, this one in Panama City Beach.
B&A owner Dave Rauschkolb signed the lease last week on the 17,000-square-feet of restaurant space formerly occupied by The Boatyard, located next door to the Lighthouse Marina and Captain Anderson's, directly on the water.
"I always loved that building," said Rauschkolb. "It is very similar to Bud & Alley's and I can catch fish from my boat. I plan on getting a commercial fishing license as well as getting fish right from the fisherman at the docks to serve at the restaurant. I never considered expanding unless it was on the water."
Rauschkolb said he has been considering the expansion for two months.
Founded in 1986, Bud & Alley’s has been consistently known as one of the area's most popular gathering spots for locals and tourists looking for good food, and a place to enjoy good times while taking in a fantastic view.
The menu will be similar at the new location, said Rauschkolb, with the addition of offering wood-fired pizza downstairs seven days a week.
Not only will the menu remain the same, Rauschkolb found another old train bell from the 1880s on eBay that is identical to the one at his Seaside location, which means the traditional ringing of the bell at sunset will continue.
“We’re very excited to be moving into this new amazing location and offer our hospitality to the visitors and guests of Lighthouse Marina and Panama City," said Rauschkolb. "I have kept my own boat at the Lighthouse Marina for the past six years. To call this Marina home to the our new Bud & Alley’s is fantastic. It will be our sister location to my restaurant in Seaside .”
Rauschkolb hopes the new location will be open by March or early April.
Lighthouse Marina on Grand Lagoon marina features both wet slips and dry storage plus easy access to fuel and a full-service boatyard.
"We are very excited about Bud & Alleys. They will make a great addition to the Lighthouse Marina and Panama City Beach ,” said Steve Counts, President of Lighthouse Marina.
For more information visit www.lighthousemarinapcb.com or www.budandalleys.com.