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Seaside’s Bud and Alley’s Expanding to Grand Lagoon

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If you've ever visited Seaside in South Walton, chances are you've visited the town's longest established restaurant, Bud and Alley's

Now, the popular eatery is expanding east to Panama City Beach.

Owner Dave Rauschkolb said he's been eying the Lighthouse Marina on grand lagoon for sometime and jumped at the chance to bring bud and alley's to Bay County.

It's a move that's exciting tourists as well.

Eating at Bud and Alley's Pizza Bar for the first time, Tuesday, Swen Gildness was an instant Bud and Alley's fan.

"I just got here last night, I'm on vacation. My buddy sent me over here. I had the special. It was great. It was awesome," said Gildnes.

Though he's never been to Florida before, learning another Bud and Alley's is making its way to another waterside spot has his tour of the beach headed east.

"Yeah, yeah, you bet," he said.

"It's quite an extraordinary place and I couldn't be more excited to be there," said Rauschkolb of Grand Lagoon in Panama City Beach and the current Boatyard Restaurant location; the new home for Bud and Alley's Restaurant and Marina Club.

"Frankly, being in Grand Lagoon is a very exciting prospect. Everyone there has been incredibly welcoming," he said.

He's hoping for a mid march opening after the deal went through this past weekend.

Bud and Alley's fans can expect much of the same, with a little twist.

"The menus are going to be very similar. We're actually going to turn the sushi par downstairs into a pizza bar. Probably the primary difference is that you'll be able to come to Bud and Alley's by boat," said Rauschkolb.

Of course, the new business will mean 80 to 100 new jobs. Bud and Alley's will be accepting applications starting January 15th.

Head to to download the application.