The spirit of Callaghan’s is headed to the Eastern Shore and will brighten that side of the bay before you know it. As was reported by our real estate columnist last week, John Thompson of Callaghan’s was teaming up with restaurateur Harry Johnson (of former Bluegill fame and many others) to work out a lease/purchase agreement for the iconic Manci’s Antique Club in Old Towne Daphne.

Eastern Shore diners will soon be able to enjoy      Callaghan’s LA Burger a little closer to home.

Eastern Shore diners will soon be able to enjoy Callaghan’s LA Burger a little closer to home.

It’s been about six months since the doors shut on the famous fig leaf, but Daphne residents are excited about the idea of one of Alabama’s most famous burgers making its way across the bay.

“Well, we are talking about Callaghan’s menu, Callaghan’s music and the kind of spirit he has over there,” Johnson said. “We will use the Manci name and history and the antiques and décor.”

Fans of Manci’s will be pleased to know the bar will remain the same, and some of the antiques and artifacts will keep their rightful place. Other pieces will have to go as part of the revitalization efforts coming to the landmark business. Many may be sold to the public, but plans are in the works for a possible auction as they near the opening date sometime in May.

For those on the ESho unfamiliar with the LA Burger or the pressed Cuban, get ready. From a culinary and musical standpoint, Daphne is about to get a little richer. For you ladies wondering about Adam’s fig leaf, you will be happy to know the new owners plan to keep it where it is. Some things just shouldn’t be tampered with.

Ralph and Kacoo’s closing deal with Lap’s

It was originally believed that Ralph and Kacoo’s was heading to our Causeway to inhabit the former Tacky Jack’s at 1175 Battleship Parkway. Now the family of restaurants that began in 1969 in Baton Rouge has now purchased the giant Lap’s Grocery and Grill at 1595 Battleship Parkkway. Changes are sure to come, and we will keep you posted as the story develops. They are expected to close on the sale as early as Thursday.

Bamboo Fusion opens at familiar Airport spot

We know the address well, but if you are unfamiliar with 2400 Airport Blvd. you may associate it with former tenants such as Taste of Vietnam, Casa Grande, and even the old school La Louisianne. The latest to open in this MiMo facility is Bamboo Fusion.

Bamboo Fusion is the sister restaurant to the Bamboo Steakhouse at 650 Cody Road as well as the Bamboo Bistro at 3662 Airport Blvd., and they just celebrated their first week of being open. This latest version of Bamboo is focusing on authentic Asian entrees and a sushi bar as well as drinks and an incredible lunch menu.

According to their Facebook page, from now until March 1, diners will enjoy a 15 percent discount off of any meal after 3 p.m., excluding alcohol. This offer is not valid with any other coupon, but hey, you get it just for showing up.

The lunch menu is all about sushi specials, teriyaki combos and hibachi deals. I am yet to have the pleasure of a visit, but that should change soon enough. The photos look incredible.

For me and others in my area the best part is they deliver! Call 251-307-5535 to place an order.

With the reputation of their other restaurants let’s keep our fingers crossed that these guys are in it for the long haul. Best wishes, Bamboo. We hope Mobile will support you in a historically tough location.

Uncle Jimmy’s Delicious Hot Dogs opens on DIP

We could always use another good hot dog joint. For the past couple of months residents of the DIP area have been enjoying Uncle Jimmy’s Delicious Hot Dogs at 2550 Dauphin Island Parkway, just past Lace Haven.

Fans of footlongs and short dogs with all the trimmings can also feast upon collard greens, potato salad, pot roast, and barbecue sandwiches. I have been recommended the chili cheese slaw dog and shall accept the challenge. Dine in or take out, these guys are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

IHOP gears up for Pancake Day

March 3 is the date to save to ring in IHOP’s “Decade of Giving” at their 10th annual National Pancake Day celebration. Each guest will be treated to a short stack of what made them famous (limit one order per customer), and in return for their generosity guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Since this began in 2006 IHOP has raised more than $16 million for charitable organizations, and this year’s goal is a whopping $3.5 million. The event lasts from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Making a donation to charity never tasted this good. And to think I was almost in shape for St. Patrick’s Day. There goes my girlish figure.

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