If driving out of town for a daiquiri to go is a bummer for you, Caleb McQueen and his business partners feel your pain.
In fact, family members bemoaning road trips for the frosty adult drinks is what led McQueen, et al, to look into creating the Daiquiri Shak, which they are hoping to open by Labor Day, which is Sept. 5.
“I grew up in Bay St. Louis, been here all my life,” McQueen said. “One thing I remember growing up is my parents and uncles and all always saying they wished we had a place that sold daiquiris and they didn’t have to drive to Slidell.”
With the recent approval of two recreation districts in Bay St. Louis — Old Town close to the beach and the Depot District — and Gov. Phil Bryant signing a “to-go cup” bill that is now in effect, the business partners saw their opportunity to bring “go cup” daiquiris to Bay St. Louis. The Daiquiri Shak is at 112 Court St. in Old Town.
“We’re making our Daiquiri Shak out of an office building,” McQueen said. “We’ve put in our own steps and door and doing remodel work inside.”
Customers will be able to choose from six alcohol flavors — strawberry, piña colada, pineapple amaretto, margarita, white Russian and robust and orange-centric 190 Octane — and for minors, designated drivers or those who simply opt out of alcohol, two virgin flavors — strawberry and piña colada.
“We’ll have four different cup sizes, 12-ounce, 20-ounce, 32-ounce and a 44-ounce, from super small to super big,” McQueen said.
For those who don’t want one of the frozen concoctions, select beers also will be available, and McQueen plans on offering soft drinks and water as well.
The idea of the Daiquiri Shak is to take your drink and enjoy Bay St. Louis, but for those who would like to linger a bit, there will be a few tall tables with bar chairs, and a small lounge area with a sofa — a sort of coffee shop setting for daiquiris.
“We’d also like to play around with the flavors, keep people interested and coming back for more,” McQueen said.