The owners of Gator Cove Seafood Restaurant in Lafayette announced on Tuesday that the restaurant has been sold.
The owners, Peggy and Jay Voorhies, confirmed in a Facebook post today that they are stepping back from the restaurant business and hope to spend more time with their family and pursue other ventures. Gator Cove will no longer serve as a restaurant and is no longer under the Voorhieses ownership as of Tuesday, February 18.
Gator Cove has been sold to Wildcat Brothers, a Lafayette distillery.
"We are grateful for each and every one of you for taking the time to visit Gator Cove throughout the years, and we hope you will show Wildcat Brothers the same support and kindness you've always shown us," reads the post.
A post on Wildcat Brothers' Facebook page reads in part, "Since childhood, this historical monument to all-things-Cajun has been a part of our team's lives and we couldn't bear to see it close its doors. With the help of the Lafayette community, we will be reviving Gator Cove into a larger "craft culture concept," while keeping its tradition of food, festivals and fun, all with a modern twist. This latest acquisition only bolsters our growing distillery efforts (Wildcat Brothers Distilling) to continue to share Lafayette's true Acadian culture with the rest of the country."
The Voorhieses added in their post that the property's new owners will take crawfish orders at Gator Cove, in a continuation of tradition, after "an overwhelming response for our crawfish."
Gator Cove had been in business for almost 40 years at its location on the Evangeline Thruway.