WHEW! It’s been a while since I took to these computer keys to put out a little bit of blog – those of you who have been following me know that I’ve been pretty busy getting my new restaurant Lucy … Continue reading
One day, realizing she’d had enough of Hollywood, a Gulf Coast lady yearned for a way of life that was more about living than “lifestyle.” The memories of a crab-boil & tire-swing childhood on Mobile Bay were calling her home as were here ailing, aging parents; so, Lucy “LuLu” Buffett headed from L. A. – Los Angeles back to the place where her roots were planted – L. A. – Lower Alabama.
Lucy found a pretty harbor on Weeks Bay to launch her dreams and the original LuLu’s Sunset Grill was born. A talented, savvy cook and hostess, Lucy’s endeavors are animated by her unbridled passion for living. Her zest for life is inspiring and contagious and, while a burger joint with great food was an initial draw, it was Lucy’s laughter, enthusiasm, and gift for entertaining that brought folks back again and again.
After five fun-filled years of perfect sunsets on Weeks Bay (and a couple of hurricanes), the land LuLu’s leased was returned to the National Estuary System. Challenged but not defeated, Lucy decided to move forward. A new home for LuLu’s was found in Gulf Shores, Alabama. It was a bittersweet move, but of course, in “Crazy Sista” style, Lucy threw a barge party! On a sunny, surreal day in autumn 2003, Lucy loaded everything onto an enormous barge and literally moved the entire establishment – complete with palm trees, margaritas and a live band – down the Intracoastal Waterway to its new home!
A few rain-delays later, on a Fat Tuesday in 2004, the “new” LuLu’s opened at Homeport Marina, where it has flourished. In the years since, what began as a restaurant with a tiny gift shop, some sand for the kids and a gorgeous view has truly grown into a resort destination serving some 750,000 customers a year!
With LuLu’s phenomenal growth, Lucy has transitioned from surviving to thriving and has realized some of her other dreams. A gifted, natural-born storyteller, Lucy had dreamt of being a published author, and in 2007, Crazy Sista Cooking: Conversation and Cuisine with Lucy Anne Buffett was published, much to the delight of her growing legion of fans. Lucy’s debut cookbook was devoured as much for its lively storytelling as its straight-talking recipes and has sold more than 50,000 copies to date.
Lucy Buffett is more than a sibling of the famous troubadour Jimmy, just as her business, LuLu’s, is more than a restaurant. As creator of the LuLu’s brand, Lucy is a role model. She is unafraid; she practices what she preaches, and walks her (unmistakable) talk. She combines true Southern graciousness with the nerve of a successful entrepreneur. Lucy also genuinely cares about people; her concerns are as charitable as they are capitalist, and she has played a pivotal role in bringing the Gulf Coast community together amid Alabama’s recent string of hardships.
Known as Crazy Sista for good reason, Lucy marches to the beat of her own drum; she plays nice, but usually by rules she has bent, broken or reinvented. She is “crazy” in that wonderful Southern sense of the word: fantastically eccentric and unbound by convention. Valuing simplicity and authenticity, Lucy does her thing…her bright, vibrant, loud, eclectic, especially groovy thing. She is that rare creature we often wish to emulate but are rarely brave enough to follow. She is brave; she is generous…and she is very real.
Working to get Lucy B Goode opened has been all consuming these last couple of weeks. I will be back to writing and posting my musings more regularly next week after opening the new restaurant. In the meantime here are … Continue reading
Yesterday was a big day for us – after several years of diligent tenacity, our Crazy Sista Honey Ale, which has only been offered on tap, is now available in longneck bottles! A motivating factor for bottling the beer came … Continue reading
CRAZY SISTA – Food, Fun, & Lifestyle by Lucy “LuLu” Buffett
“Crazy Sista Cooking: Cuisine and Conversation with Lucy Anne Buffett” is the next best thing to being there. Inside you’ll find laugh-out-loud anecdotes, wit and wisdom from Lucy’s own kitchen, festive party menus, Buffett family favorites, and plenty of telling it like it is.
BILLY CLAUS – written by Lucy Buffett and Illustrated by Justin Forbes
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