Doubling down on Cajun cuisine
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The duo behind Palio's Pizza also is behind the Lazy Gator.
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By Karen Welch — Senior Content Producer

The Lazy Gator will bring Cajun flavors to southwest Amarillo, becoming the second business focused on the cuisine in development in the city.

You'll find the Lazy Gator now under construction in one of Amarillo's newest shopping centers, Winpark Place, at South Bell Street and Hillside Road.

Chamberlain Construction is the contractor for the project, which carries an estimated $288,000 construction value, according to city of Amarillo building permit data.

"It's going to have four different kinds of oysters, peel-and-eat shrimp, gator, frog legs, catfish — lots of goodies like that, plus salads, hamburgers and other food," said Shanda Turner.

"We're looking for a fun atmosphere, more casual."

Turner and her husband, Paul, are behind the venuture, and they're also the duo behind Palio's Pizza and Bar.

"Palio's is doing wonderful," Turner said. "It's doing fantastic."

The Lazy Gator will take up residence next door to the new Ede's Meat Market at Winpark Place, a development by the Shinall Group.

An unrelated project will also boast a menu of Cajun food. That's the Lost Cajun now under construction at Wolflin Village at Interstate 40 and Georgia Street.

Karen Welch is a senior content producer for Panhandle PBS. She can be contacted at, at @KWelch806 on Twitter and on Facebook. Subscribe to the Panhandle PBS BizHere podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud to hear more business news and interviews.