Big things are on the horizon for Where Y’at Seafood. This Cajun crew is packing their bags (and their food truck) and heading slightly north to Highway 87!
Owner Paul Ruiz said he and his team at Where Y’at have always wanted to own their own land and be able to expand their business to include a sit-in restaurant and have an outdoor venue for bands to play music.
Wanting to stay local in the place that they call home, Where Y’at has decided to move their business to 3280 Highway 87, three and a half miles north of Highway 98 on the east side. They have found two beautiful acres filled with large live oak trees and gorgeous scenery.
“We are planning to build a large seafood market/butcher/specialty shop and a restaurant with 100 seats combined indoor and out. We will also have a large pavilion for bands and weddings,” Paul said. “We eventually plan to have bungalow’s for people visiting our area to stay overnight.”
The staff plans to start packing up the seafood market and food truck Sept. 1. In the interim, they plan to relocate to the old building of DeVinci’s with a Twist, located at 4233 Highway 87 in Navarre for approximately the next year while they build the new location that they will own. The temporary location is five and a half miles north of Highway 98, located on the west. Paul estimates the move to take about a month, aiming to reopen Where Y’at Oct. 1.
“I want to thank all of our great customers both locals and tourists,” Paul added. “Without you, our business wouldn’t be the success story that it is!”
For the next year, Where Y’at will be building and designing the New Orleans atmosphere of the new location, which will also be located on 87.
“I recognize that this location may not be as convenient for some, but on the other hand it may be a shorter drive for others,” Paul said. “We hope you continue to support us as you have in the past. I promise the new changes will be spectacular, and we will never look back.”
Where Y’at Seafood is a full seafood market with grocery items selling retail to the public and wholesale to restaurants and markets. This family-owned market carries a complete selection of fresh and frozen fish and other gulf seafood items. They regularly have in stock Pensacola Bay oysters, gulf oysters, gulf shrimp, royal red shrimp, blue crabs, king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab, frog legs, soft-shell crabs, turtle, alligator, crawfish tail meat and Cajun meats.
In addition to the Cajun boiled seafood that you’ve come to love from Where Y’at Seafood, they are expanding their menu, providing delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For breakfast, you can enjoy beignets with a variety of specialty coffees brewed in their new commercial espresso machine. You will also love their unique breakfast pockets that can be ordered with a large selection of ingredients.
For lunch and dinner, you can feast on all the great Creole and Cajun dishes such as jambalaya, etouffee, gumbo, red beans and rice, po’boys and muffulettas.
Before Where Y’at leaves their current spot, they will be throwing one last hurrah Aug. 23 – a free Sunday barbecue at the market for first responders.
“This is just our way of saying thank you,” Paul said.
Paul and his team are thrilled to embark on this new journey and cannot wait to see what is ahead.
“Big thanks to all of you and to the good Lord for helping us through this transition!” he said. “It’s going to be a blast!”
Where Y’at Seafood
9575 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre, FL 32566 (until Aug. 31)
4233 FL-87, Navarre, FL 32566 (starting Oct.1)
Market & food truck
Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.