Tipsy Crawfish, a Cajun restaurant and bar, has debuted in the location of former McKinney restaurant E.J. Wills Gastropub.

Husband-and-wife Jeff Soule and Van Ly purchased the business from the previous owners with the intention to convert it into a Cajun-influenced restaurant. The couple has previous experience with restaurant ownership, Ly said, noting that they also own sandwich shops.

The restaurant’s menu will be a blend of the food items offered by E.J. Wills Gastropub with some additions, Ly said. Some of the new menu offerings include po'boys, gumbo and crawfish boil sold by the pound, according to the restaurant’s website. Ly said the couple is also aiming to make the restaurant more family friendly and will offer a “robust kids menu,” she said.

“We realized there [weren’t] a lot of Cajun restaurants nearby and ... that was a really missed opportunity,” Ly said. “That's why we really wanted to ... give that Louisiana flavor to McKinney.”

The owners are also working on refreshing the interior of the business, including the restaurant’s event space. Other additions to the restaurant include lawn games as well as an expanded wine and alcoholic beverage selection, Ly said.

The changes to the restaurant are expected to be completed by the end of May, Ly said.