In 1996, when the owner, Laura, moved from Atlanta to Belize, she had a choice: Either to drink all the locally produced Rum or sell it. Well, she chose right, and started the now world famous bar and restaurant the Wet Lizard in the cruise ship port in Belize city. Years later she met Chip, a former military man from St. Louis, while he was working in Belize. Little did she know, he was a die hard Mizzou Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals Fan…
Together they decided that the Wet Lizard needed to expand and on a drunken day exploring the jungles of Belize, they came up with the concept of “The Bearded Clam”. Soon after this alcoholic brainstorming adventure they opened The Clam 1.0 in the cruise ship port in Belize. After two years of business in Belize, they thought they needed to take their Clam international. With a little help from a friend, they were able to relocate to Nassau, Bahamas and the new Bearded Clam Nassau was born in May, 2015.
True to form, during another drunken brainstorming adventure, this time at sea in the bahamas, Chip and Laura discussed heading back to the US where all their family is now residing. The search began for a waterside location. Laura never having been to the Gulfcoast, took Chip at his word as it being the place they needed to choose as their next location. Well, after just one visit to their potentially new location they immediately saw the petential, thought they could turn it into a fun, lively indoor/outdoor experience for their future guests. They made an offer and bought a house all in one weekend. No time to waste when Chip and Laura have a plan. The Lazy Gator Sports Bar and Steamer came to life on June 20th. Since then, Lazy Gator is now a place to come enjoy live music on the weekends, watch sporting events while enjoying some great creations by their chefs. Just off interstate 10 makes it easy for anyone traveling from near or far. Stop in and be sure to say “Hi” to Chip and Laura who are always there to greet and chat with their customers, who become their friends.