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Arts, cuisine, music and more

P.F. Chang’s stands the test of time

It’s rare that I’m afforded the opportunity to review a restaurant that can be deemed “a chain,” but that’s exactly what happened this week. There was a toss-up over which of the two higher-end eateries that recently found footing in our Shoppes at Bel Air to review....

Turnover at Rosie’s Grill, Gumbo Shack

Harry and Alissa Johnson, owners of Rosie’s Grill on Highway 98 in Daphne, are closing the doors June 30. The building has been leased to Jeremiah Matthews, executive chef of Jesse’s in Magnolia Springs. If you’re familiar with Jesse’s, you know we have something to...

Family, land form artistic foundation

It’s easy to see where artist Lisa Johnston Hancock’s concerns originate. It’s an hour north of Mobile, where rural seclusion spawned reflection. “My thesis show for graduate school was based on our property, our land that’s been in our family a long time, in Leroy....

Special news series and investigations

The slow rise and quick fall of GulfQuest

The $60 million GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico closed in November 2016, after just 13 months in operation. Although it reopened with limited hours several months later, Lagniappe's series of news stories, investigations, commentary and reviews raised questions about its feasibility before the doors even opened.

The resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley resigned on April 10, 2017 after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors related to campaign financing. Bentley had also been under fire for more than a year after intimate recordings between he and his political advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason were captured and released by his ex-wife and former First Lady Dianne Bentley.

Mobile Housing Board

Despite plans for multimillion-dollar redevelopment projects, the Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners has been beset by financial shortcomings and dilapidating infrastructure. From reprimands from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a lawsuit from former employees to the recent resignations of a longtime commissioner and executive director, the board has continued with plans to update its affordable housing stock.