Gator Cove To Become Wildcat Brothers Distilling Factory & Culinary Kitchen


After serving Acadiana for nearly 40 years Gator Cove, located at 2601 SE Evangeline Thruway, was recently acquired by Wildcat Brothers for its distilling & culinary operations.

The new acquisition will allow for Wildcat Brothers to expand upon their award-winning rum distilling operation as well as expand into other creative avenues like food. Though, it’s not a restaurant!

“We are happy to bring in Paul Ayo Foods into the Wildcat Brothers Foods family.”

— Tait J. Martin, Ph.D.
President & Purveyor of Fine Rums & Spirits
Wildcat Brothers, LLC

“As we develop Gator Cove into a “Place” rather than simply a restaurant, we will be providing locals and tourists alike with a state of the art cooking school in what was the old AB Henderson BBQ restaurant.”

I will oversee the cooking school, food for our events, and help David with new flavors for rum and cocktails.

— Paul Ayo, Paul Ayo Foods

As Wildcat Brothers works to transition and renovate the space, they will be using Gator Cove as the new Homebase for Lafayette’s popular Food Truck Round-up. They also plan to host a variety of other community activities.

According to a post made on social media by former Gator Cove owners, Jay & Peggy Voorhies, Wildcat Brothers will conserve the history and love that has made Gator Cove a staple of Lafayette.

For more information about Wildcat Brothers and their new acquisition, visit their website at or check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

Photo inside of what will be the distillery floor

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