About a year after opening its doors across from Bienville Square to a white-hot reception, local ownership at the highly acclaimed Dumbwaiter Restaurant announced it will open a second site at the Legacy Bar & Grill located at 9 Du Rhu Drive in the Spring Hill area of Mobile.

“We expect the new restaurant to be open for business sometime in mid-June,” Dumbwaiter owner Wes Lambert said. “We’re adding a new bar, tables, chairs and lighting to match our theme. Overall we’ll probably invest somewhere close to $50,000 toward the 3,600-square-foot building to bring it in line with our restaurant design. At this stage, the working name for the new site will be ‘Dumbwaiter on the Hill’ to distinguish it from our downtown location.”    

According to Buff Teague and Allen Garstecki with JLL, Legacy will remain open as a wine bar, but a portion of the building including the kitchen will be walled off for the new Dumbwaiter.

Plans are in place to hire upwards of eight additional employees for the new eatery, offering Legacy staff the opportunity to apply for the various cook, server and manager openings as well. Remaining manpower will be filled by current downtown staff with executive chef Chris McElhaney expected to spend three months at the new high-end eatery after it opens.

“Lucy White, who is currently our sous-chef, will be promoted to chef de cuisine at our downtown location. We have worked together for years and I know she’ll maintain the level of quality our customers have come to expect at the Dumbwaiter over this past year,” McElhaney said.

Other changes soon to be instated include reducing hours of operation for lunch to Thursdays and Fridays, closing down Monday through Wednesday and expanding the catering side of Dumbwaiter’s business.

“Airbus has become one of our biggest catering clients recently and we’d like to expand that side of our operations for suitably sized companies in the downtown and neighboring area,” Lambert said.

Commercial real estate moves
The Silk and Stewart Development Group and The Shopping Center Group, along with the Mobile Airport Authority, announced New Horizons Credit Union plans to open a branch at the Shoppes at Brookley, located at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. This is the 18th new tenant to move into the Aeroplex in the past 13 months and represents New Horizon’s 10th opening in Alabama.

A 16-acre parcel of land in Semmes on Moffett Road near McCrary Road was sold for $259,000 to Mitchell & Diane Ellis of Mitchell Ellis Products, a farm machinery supplier, and another investor who is in the nursery business. Paul Carter with the Paul Carter Agency handled the transaction and represented both buyer and seller. Currently located at 9110 Church St. in Semmes, Mitchell Ellis Products plans to relocate to the new site sometime this year.

A local developer has purchased 3.5 acres at the southwest corner of Schillinger Road and Three Notch Road for $1.145 million and will construct a CEFCO convenience store and car wash on the site. There will also be an adjoining out-parcel for future development. Bob Cooper of Berkshire Hathaway Cooper & Co. Inc. represented the sellers and Vallas Realty Inc. worked for the buyer.

The former 6,000-square-foot space recently vacated by Shoe Station at 10136 Eastern Shore Blvd., near Highway 181 in the Eastern Shore Plaza, will be occupied by locally owned Shades, Sunglasses and Casual Apparel. This will be the company’s ninth location, with plans to open in December. John Vallas worked for the retailer and Angela McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the landlord.  

According to Sharon Wright with White-Spunner Realty, 1,870 square feet of office space in the former Poser building was recently leased to Liberty National Lambeth Group, located at 7530 Parker Road in Fairhope. Steve McMahon with Inge & Associates represented the landlord.     

Some 3.2 acres of property due west of Leroy Stevens Road on Cottage Hill Road was acquired by a local speculator for $545,000, according to Tim Herrington of Herrington Realty, who represented the seller. Ron Johnson of The Mitchell Company worked for the buyer. Future plans for development of the site have not been disclosed.

MAACO Collision Repair recently signed the lease for a 1,200-square-foot retail space at 3654 Airport Blvd. and expects to open in early summer, according to Buff Teague and Allen Garstecki with JLL.
The Sleep Center recently opened at McGowin Park, according to owner Nate Nielsen. Buff Teague with JLL handled the transaction.

Some 2,200 square feet of retail space was recently leased by Chic Hair Boutique at 3018 Airport Blvd. Paul Carter managed the transaction

ServisFirst recognized among top community banks nationwide
ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: SFBS) recently announced in a news release it has received the 2015 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup, which recognizes the top 10 percent of community banks across the country. ServisFirst Bancshares Inc., with its subsidiary ServisFirst Bank, is a full-service professional business bank headquartered in Birmingham with two offices in Mobile.

ServisFirst Bancshares ranked second among 301 community banks nationwide that are exchange-traded domestic banks with assets between $500 million and $10 billion as of Dec. 31, 2015. Each bank’s performance was judged by various metrics including profitability, operational efficiency and balance sheet.

The 2015 winners also compare very favorably to the NASDAQ Composite and S&P 500, beating the one-year, three-year and five-year returns for both. Winners of the 2014 Community Bankers Cup outperformed the aforementioned indices in 2015 as well, up 8.8 percent on average.

Blackmon tapped for Alabama State Board of Accountancy
Hartmann, Blackmon & Kilgore PC, with offices in Brewton, Foley, Fairhope and Spanish Fort, recently announced shareholder Earl Blackmon was appointed to the Alabama State Board of Accountancy by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The board was established in its present form in 1973 and supervises the practice of public accountancy by certified public accountants and public accountants in Alabama. It comprises five certified public accountants, one public accountant and one public member, all of who are appointed by the governor.

Blackmon is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and management and currently serves on the university’s Accounting Advisory Board. He is a CPA and a Chartered Global Management accountant.