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On Friday, Nov. 22, Crown Hall will be bustling with culture as Art Soup 2019 gets underway from 6 to 9 p.m. This annual fundraiser kicks off Homeless Awareness Week, raising money for the organizations that provide assistance to the homeless in our area. Handcrafted bowls provided by local artists are the souvenir you’ll take home to remember the event. Soup and desserts are provided by local area restaurants.
Tickets are $35 per person and includes entry, soup, dessert, non-alcoholic drinks and the empty bowl of your choosing, signifying the fight against hunger. A cash bar will be available for those who need encouragement for dancing. Do whatever it takes, because live music will be provided by Swing!
Crown Hall is located at 751 Dauphin St. Visit artsoupmobile.org for tickets.
The Cheese Cottage is not moving, I repeat, The Cheese Cottage is not moving! Now that we’ve made that clear, I’m here to tell you the owners are giving us what we really want … more cheese! Their newest concept is The Cheese Merchant, coming to you in June 2020.
Located in the bottom of the old Merchants Bank building at the corner of St. Joseph and St. Michael, we can expect next summer to be filled with cheese-oriented small plates in a downtown courtyard setting. For the time being, you’ll have to settle for delicious salads, soups, sandwiches and specialty cheeses at their St. Louis Street location.
Panera Bread at Legacy Village
It’s old news, but Panera Bread is relocating from Airport Boulevard to Legacy Village. The “coming soon” sign is up, and it boasts that the new location will feature a drive-thru. It shouldn’t be hard to find. It’s right behind Atlanta Bread Company.
Also hitting Legacy will be Blaze Pizza, a fast-growing chain from California. Franchisee Jeff LaCour has signed on to open it and another Blaze in Baldwin County.
Gwen’s House coming soon
Mobile rapper Yung Bleu is getting into the restaurant game by opening Gwen’s House in the former Applebee’s on Government Boulevard. The soul food-inspired, family-oriented restaurant features the kitchen skills of Mr. Bleu’s favorite cook, Miss Gwen, who he says was like a second mom to him growing up.
Social media videos show progress is underway, and viewers are treated to a sneak peak at what appears to be a small arcade on the edge of the dining room. We will keep you posted as this story develops.
The force is strong with Williams Sonoma
The release of the final episode of “Star Wars” is approaching and so is Christmas. Williams Sonoma is on board for both events with a lot of galactic cookware from far, far away. But it isn’t cheap. How does a Le Creuset Darth Vader Dutch oven sound? Bakeware of Han Solo in carbonite? Or an R2-D2 popcorn popper? Thankfully there are more nods to the Holy Trilogy than the prequels or sequels. Sign me up for a Millennium Falcon trivet. Santa can’t spend much more than that on me.
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