There has been a hint of it in the wind for a little while but nothing was confirmed publicly until last week when Dumbwaiter announced plans to open a third location this fall. The new restaurant will be at 108 Section St. in downtown Fairhope, where it will be in good company, walking distance from many fantastic eateries.
This announcement came just after the original Dumbwaiter’s two-year anniversary, and social media seems to favor the idea. With fans of the Dauphin Street location and the Legacy Village location battling it out, it makes sense to add a third to settle the score.
Get ready for some pork belly, ESho. And if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, Dumbwaiter’s may just change your mind.
Bel Air upping restaurant game
The Shoppes at Bel Air are transforming their Airport Boulevard section into much more of a dining scene than the mall previously held, and the restaurants they are adding have some potential.
The first to open was the popular P.F. Chang’s, which hit the ground running. The main problem was there were too many customers from the very first day. Story after story of comp food for long waits were fodder for social media, but things are leveling out. Never judge a restaurant (good or bad) in its first couple of months. This is a testament to its popularity, though.
Just across from Chang’s is Grimaldi’s Pizza. Opened late February, this coal-fired oven pizza has its roots in New York and the reviews in its second month are favorable. New Yorkers are claiming it reminds them of home.
With pizzas and calzones they do seem to also take their beer seriously, but the wine list is as good as any this mall has seen. Don’t neglect the Italian wines. With a pizza they can give the California ones a run for their money.
The latest news is of our very own Bob Baumhower getting into the game. The Crimson Tide/Miami Dolphin pro has plans for a 7,000-square-foot location in The Shoppes, expected to open sometime this summer.
Baumhower’s restaurant will be a sports-themed facility with 70 flat screen televisions, burgers, chicken pot pie and, of course, wings. Don’t forget to try the wings.
The best part of this restaurant renovation is the addition of patio seating for those sunny days, giving all three of these restaurants a bit of curb appeal. Let these guys get their legs under them and our mall will have some decent dining.
National Cheese Fondue Day
Of course April 11 is National Cheese Fondue Day, so what better way to celebrate than by visiting your local Melting Pot? For the first time in 30 years an American-made cheese was named Best in Show at the World Cheese Championship. In celebration of this holiday, Melting Pot will be making fondue of this 2016 Champion Roth Grand Cru Surchoix.
Taste the victory April 11 for the low price of $4.11! We’re taking back cheese, America. What’s next?