New Fudpucker’s prepares to open (SLIDESHOW)

Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 07:49 PM.

OKALOOSA ISLAND — It’s a new location, but the atmosphere is instantly familiar and instantly Fudpucker’s.

After more than 25 years, Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar and Grill closed its home on Santa Rosa Boulevard in September to make way for a new Okaloosa Island restaurant. The new location at the former Daddy’s Money bar on U.S. Highway 98 is nearing completion and is scheduled to open after Christmas.

View a slideshow from the new Fudpucker's.

“This is in a way a dream come true,” said Chester Kroeger, who founded Fudpucker’s in 1983 and remains one of the owners. “I’ve wanted to be on a waterfront location from the very beginning, but was never in a position to do that.

“I got started in Nightown and I had a couple of years on the beach in South Walton, but this store and Fort Walton is the one that gave us the ability to do Destin and then achieve what we achieved,” he added. “To be able to come over here and do it here at this waterfront location, it means an awful lot. It’s almost the fulfillment of a dream.”

Kroeger has big plans for the new Fudpucker’s to take advantage of Choctawhatchee Bay. It will feature three restaurants and a Fat Daddy's Arcade.

The traditional Fudpucker’s, which will share the same menu as the Destin location, will be on the second floor overlooking the bay. Fudpuckeroni’s, a sports bar that will specialize in pizza, wings and other bar food staples, shares the ground floor with Fat Daddy's Arcade.



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