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Nestled in Five Cays Settlement on the south shore of Providenciales, miles away from the tourist hub of Grace Bay, is a pastel pink-and-blue outdoor eatery known as Bugaloo’s.
Although the restaurant known for its fresh conch dishes and sublime location at the edge of the turquoise sea only opened in November 2012, the name behind the establishment has a long history in the Turks and Caicos.
So what is a Bugaloo, anyway?
Berlie “Bugaloo” Williams, 62, is recognized as the first man on Provo with a proper “conch shack.” Beginning in 1994, Bugaloo would wade into the water, take conch fresh from the sea and prepare it for patrons at a tiny shed of plywood in Blue Hills.
“I started out with an umbrella and a table,” Bugaloo says. “It was a Friday. I had 50 conchs, and 150 people came the first day it opened.”
Bugaloo’s shack inspired da Conch Shack in Blue Hills, and years later, the restaurant in Five Cays named for the man himself. Bugaloo nabbed the location off a dirt road in Five Cays facing out to sea and suggested to the restaurant’s owner Michael Stolow that he open up shop there.
When Bugaloo’s opened up for business, right away it was a hit. Bugaloo’s manager Omar Duncan credits the restaurant’s immediate success to its namesake.
“Right away it was busy because Bugaloo’s name goes pretty far back,” Omar says. “With Bugaloo’s name, any business will do well.”