It began as a movement. Mobilians were pleading via social media for North Carolina’s Cook Out to come to our fair city. Apparently the privately owned chain listened and will be opening in the Port City at 116 S. University Drive in the former PDQ location.

Known for having more than 40 premium milkshakes and drive-thru barbecue, Cook Out has found a home in the Southeast as far north as Maryland and as far west as Mississippi. The closest restaurants would be Hattiesburg and Tuscaloosa, with other locations in our state found in Huntsville, Auburn and Jacksonville. Plans for Troy and Opelika are underway.

No word on an opening date.

We sure do hate to see a successful business like PDQ disappear, but word of mouth is that Cook Out made them an offer they couldn’t refuse. I’ll start the “Bring PDQ to Midtown” campaign!

New brewery coming to St. Louis Street

A lease has been signed and plans are underway for Old Majestic Brewery, coming to 656 St. Louis St. The space will feature a 15-barrel system with brewers/owners Chad Marchand and John Minton at the helm. An outside seating area will provide space for food trucks and live music is anticipated.

“Chad and I are very excited to be a part of the revitalization of Mobile’s Central Business District and look forward to serving our local patrons as well as those coming to visit our fair city,” says Minton. “We plan on Old Majestic becoming a place to gather for conversation, listening to music and playing yard and board games in our tap room — called the ‘Public House’ — or while relaxing in our bier garten.”

Anticipated opening date is fall 2018.

Chili Cook-Off back in downtown

The American Cancer Society’s 2018 Chili Cook-Off celebrates 29 years and is coming back to downtown! Saturday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mardi Gras Park will be the spot to get your fill of Mobile’s best chili along with music, beverages and children’s activities.

“Our move to Mardi Gras Park comes in partnership with many other downtown organizations and events to bring a full day of family fun,” said Marlene Rathle, senior community development manager for ACS. “Fort Conde is hosting our children’s activity area. The History Museum of Mobile is hosting our VIP area, and the Gulf Coast Exploreum is bringing out their van to do kid-friendly demonstrations throughout the day.”

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 day of the event, available by calling the ACS office on 1110 Montlimar Drive, Suite 420, at 251-344-9858, or online through the website, Eventbrite or at local Alfa Insurance offices throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties. Children 12 and under get in free.

Ticket holders will also be offered a discount to the Mobile Boat Show, held the same weekend at the Civic Center. Shuttles will be provided from downtown locations such as Moe’s Original Barbecue and O’Daly’s.