Get tickets now for Fizzi Fest coming Saturday, June 13 at downtown’s Crown Hall. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests will be celebrating the good life with all things bubbles. If you are into Champagne, sparkling wine, Prosecco and Cava (I dare say I am), then this will be the event you don’t want to miss.
You will sample dozens of these marvelous drinks as well as Champagne cocktails and hors d’oeuvres that compliment those coveted bubbles. Sarah and crew at Crown Hall always deliver on that front. I’m thinking oysters, cheese, chocolate and other surprises. In a spacious-yet-beautiful facility, you’ll be able to make your way through plenty of food and drink.
There will be live music and a silent auction, so wear your brightest summer fashion and dancing shoes, but don’t forget your checkbook! Tickets are available through eventbrite.com and range from $75 to $125 each. A VIP experience will be limited to 100 ticket holders and will include access to private seating, additional luxury wines and more gourmet foods.
Put me in, coach. I’ll take one for the team.
Fuji San gracefully bows out
It has been an emotional roller coaster for Graham. My 10-year-old boy has been up and down. Up, well, because he is loved by all and has plenty for which to be thankful. Down because, in the midst of all the drama surrounding his little decade-old world, the past month has seen him lose a pet, struggle with a complicated school schedule from home and feel the impending sadness of his brother going to boarding school in the fall. I was not looking forward to telling him about the closing of Fuji San.
When he was in a position to celebrate, Fuji San was there for him. When it was his turn to choose post-church lunch, it was repetitively Fuji San. When Lucas was getting emergency stitches from a boneheaded carving accident, a very distraught Graham could only have his mind eased by — you guessed correctly — an afternoon trip to Fuji San.
It was a place of importance to him because it was where he first expanded his palate. With a menu that was more pan-Asian than country specific, his introduction to life beyond burgers, onion rings, chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese remains an association with new chapters in his culinary plight. A chapter that has now been shut.
“With a heavy heart, we would like to announce that we are permanently closing our door at the end of the month as Miss Julie is retiring,” read the May 25 Facebook post. Thanking Mobile for 13 years, the Loop business kept drive-thru and delivery going until the final day.
Though I will miss it, too — the tuna, the tom kha and sushi most importantly — it’s the look on my son’s very opinionated face I will miss most of all. Yes, I’ve already told him. When I did, I think I heard him mumble his first curse word. I’ll allow it.
Butch Cassidy’s and others delay openings
Just because restaurants are allowed to open doesn’t mean it makes sense in every case to do so. We are seeing many staying closed for the time being, on the promise to me they are returning. Part of this could be caution against spreading COVID-19. Maybe some of this is because their quarantine renovations are yet to be finished. But it could be that it is difficult for ANY restaurant to be profitable at a limited capacity. But we are getting closer to it being worth opening.
One of the earliest to close, Butch Cassidy’s, is still locking its doors to the public. We may see some upgrades when they return. When will that be? A series of handwritten signs on the doors and windows of the Florida Street hotspot say August. Looks like you have another couple of months to wait on that Butch Burger and wings.
Also quick to shutter amidst a pandemic were both Heroes Sports Bar & Grille locations. As part of a locally owned group of three restaurants, including the inimitable Royal Scam, they are taking their time reopening and looking to do some special training, deep cleaning and reassembling of staff. To give each of the restaurants the attention they deserve and for the sake of safety, they will open one at a time when ready. That Clipper and spinach with crawfish dip is getting closer. I’ll let you know about the Royal Scam the second after I secure the first table.
Carpe Diem is slow to open too, as they’re still working on the interior. I’ve seen pictures of the floors, and they look fabulous. Alan Tolson, owner and operator, says he would guess a mid-June opening date. After 25 years, you wouldn’t think this place would be gone forever, now would you? They are still filling online coffee orders, but there is something about being in that parking lot and building that feels like home.
We look forward to a safe return for all three of these iconic Mobile places and many more. Stay tuned.
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