There’s good news for Daphne residents who are pressed for time in the kitchen. Dream Dinners, the originator of the meal-assembly industry, has signed a franchise deal with Ken Kleban of Kleban Properties to open a store in Daphne by this summer, with a long-term goal of continued development along the Gulf Coast. The new facility is expected to open at 1539 U.S. Highway 98, Suite 202.

Founded in 2002, Dream Dinners promotes the family dinner by making it easier on the chief cook and bottle washer. Guests choose from seasonal, rotating menus and prep their dinners in the store to cut down on the legwork. They say a guest can plan out a month’s worth of meals in about an hour.

“Dream Dinners was a natural fit for us. As a family business we value Dream Dinners’ mission of growing great kids by helping families spend more time together around the dinner table,” Kleban says. “We’re excited to partner with Dream Dinners Mobile owner Stacey Mobley to expand Dream Dinners in Alabama and make a difference in the Daphne community.”

The mouthwatering Mobile location he speaks of is at 283 McGregor Ave. S. on the east side of the Pinebrook Shopping Center. Visit for more information.

Fresh seafood at the Beau
Coast Seafood and Brew is the latest craze at Biloxi’s Beau Rivage. The new restaurant features more than 40 regional craft beers but the star of the show is the local seafood. In a coastal town regarded for its seafood heritage and deep-sea fishing charters, this new restaurant by MGM Resorts International is bringing to life the phrase “dock to table.”

“Coast Seafood and Brew presents seafood straight from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico,” says Executive Chef Kristian Wade, who grew up along the Pascagoula River. “We have talented chefs who understand and specialize in seafood, and using ingredients sourced from local vendors we are proud to showcase this area’s superb coastal cuisine to our visitors.”

Expect classic dishes incorporating favorites such as triggerfish, grouper and snapper, or something more daring such as Shrimp Corn Dogs. I’m interested in the expansive oyster selection. Try a few from Murder Point and other Gulf locales as well as the far-reaching flavors of Washington state and British Columbia. Raw, fried or charbroiled, they have it.

The casual attire restaurant is open Monday, Thursday and Friday, 5-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Krystal opens new location
Krystal is upping its game with new menu items and a new location at 110 S. University Blvd. near PDQ. The small, square burgers have been in the Mobile market for more than 40 years and this new restaurant should have a built-in college crowd. Chicks, pups and even surf and turf are an important part of a higher-learning diet. Don’t forget the breakfast bowls and Sunrisers!

Bishop’s Bar and Grill closed
It was a short run, but Sunday, April 9, was the last day for Bishop’s Bar and Grill on Airport. We always hate to hear of closings. Godspeed to another Airport Boulevard restaurant.