Green Gator, a cajun-themed sports bar from Frisco, will expand to the embattled Toyota Music Factory in Irving.
The bar will debut across from the complex’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema early next year. The Green Gator in Frisco is located near Toyota Stadium and serves up a rather large menu of po’ boys, gumbo, oysters, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, and shrimp creole, among other cajun specialties. A cajun-themed establishment wouldn’t be complete without New Orleans-brewed Abita beer — Green Gator has that on draft and in bottles, along with two dozen other local and national brews, while the cocktail list features mules and tiki-themed beverages.
According to a press release, the new bar will also provide a spot for live music. It’ll join four recently announced concepts that are expected to open in the coming months: Reservoir sports bar, Burgerim, and Kitchen 101 and Violet Room by Kim Forsythe (owner of Sambuca). Toyota Music Factory continues to draw tenants despite a lengthy battle with local taxpayer advocacy groups and the City of Irving. The city had refused to pay the developer ARK Group $44 million, citing that the project had not been completed per the original agreement and is not eligible to receive payment. In a vote just this week, city council agreed to release the funds once the city manager deems the project complete.
Stay tuned for Green Gator’s official opening date for early next year.
Update 10/26/18, 9:27 a.m.: This story has been updated to reflect the most recent information on the $44 million payment.
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