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Deep Ellum's Alligator Cafe Is ‘Transitioning’ Into Bucky Moonshine’s Southern Eats

The "new" restaurant will focus more on soul food.

Alligator Cafe is undergoing a big change.
Alligator Cafe is undergoing a big change.
Alligator Cafe/Facebook

Cajun food isn’t exactly abundant in Dallas, much to every Louisiana transplant’s chagrin. Of the few options that do exist, Alligator Cafe is frequently described as one of the best places to find an "authentic" po-boy or bowl of etouffee in the metroplex. Now, the Deep Ellum location of this Dallas staple is about to undergo some serious changes.

Over the next few weeks, Alligator Cafe will "transition" into Bucky Moonshine’s Southern Eats. According to a Facebook event, complete with an ill-advised (and transphobic) Caitlyn Jenner meme as its cover photo, the restaurant will host a party to celebrate its coming "transition" on Wednesday, December 23.

A 5-star Facebook review that Alligator Cafe owner Ivan Pugh gave his own restaurant indicates that he plans to add more "homestyle and soul food" to the Cajun classics on offer, like gumbo, catfish Pontchartrain, and shrimp and grits. Pugh also plans to add a full bar, with more than 20 kinds of moonshine and a "huge selection of craft and classic beers."

"Having grown up with artists and musicians I will always have live music and support the arts which I include cooking and mixology as part of. I promise to you that I will give you as much love in my cooking as my family gave me," wrote Pugh in a lengthy Facebook post explaining the change.

The swap from Alligator Cafe to Bucky Moonshine’s is expected to be completed by New Year’s Eve. No word yet on whether or not Alligator Cafe will close its doors at any point during the change.

Alligator Cafe

Casa Linda Plaza, Dallas, TX 75218 214-821-6900

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