Announced in a news release by co-owner and local real estate developer Taylor Atchison, an ancient artificial ice-making plant, located at 755 Monroe St., recently held a series of receptions welcoming local politicos, business owners, artists, musicians and media as downtown Mobile’s newest local bar opened. Called the Ice Box, it is part of a triumvirate of properties known collectively as the historic Crystal Ice House property, which date back as much as 120 years.
“Built within an old freezer room of the historic Crystal Ice Factory, Ice Box provides a lively chic, industrial feel,” Atchison said. “The old loading dock has become great outdoor seating with excellent views of parade routes during Mardi Gras.”
He went on to say that Stoney Boatman, a long-time, well-known bartender at The Garage, has been brought on as the general manager and has quickly put together a current staff of roughly four employees to operate the space.
Overall, the property encompasses 5,200 square feet with the bar section currently occupying some 2,100 square feet within a space that was formerly the front freezer room office and loading dock of the company. Plans for the remaining back section are still undecided, but may involve becoming an event space for art exhibits or music sometime in the near future.
“We’re really trying to not pigeonhole ourselves and provide anything our customers could want,” Atchison said. “We’re also bringing in a variety of local food trucks weekly and created an area for customers to eat. This will be known as a place where you can go get an interesting meal such as a street taco, an eclectic meal with a cocktail and not break the budget. We’re kind of in that jump-off point for downtown.”
Kenny Nichols with Vallas Realty reported the sale last week of the 1,800-square-foot former Chevron gas station and convenience store, sitting on 0.86 acres of property and located at 3464 Springhill Ave. (across from Starbucks) in Mobile, for $500,000.
The locale was acquired by Memphis, Tennessee-based Carlisle Corp., a property management company that manages over 150 Wendy’s locations regionally, in addition to other interests. Plans are in place to begin demolition work on the existing space within the next 30 days.
Expecting a quick turnaround, the new, 2,562-square-foot Wendy’s eatery is anticipated to be completed by January 2021. It will replace a sister site currently open and operating at 3270 Dauphin St. The Midtown Wendy’s, presently under lease by Cummings & Associates, is expected to cease operations within the same time frame.
Future use for the soon-to-be vacated footprint, as well as staffing plans between the two sites, were unknown as of press time. Vallas Realty represented both the buyer and seller in the transaction.
Franchisee co-owners Minesh Patel and Bhavesh Panagar recently reported leasing some 2,100 square feet of space across from the Eastern Shore Centre at 10240 Eastern Shore Blvd., Suite 2, in Spanish Fort, for a new Marco’s Pizza eatery. This is the Toledo, Ohio-based chain’s first foray into Baldwin County and the second restaurant under the business partners. Their first eatery was launched at 1765 Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi in 2018.
Expectations are to hire upwards of 30 employees locally, when fully staffed, and hold a grand opening in late March. Future growth plans include opening additional sites somewhere in Fairhope and Robertsdale over the next 18 to 24 months. Amanda Goldman with Stirling Properties worked for the tenant in the lease transaction.
Allstate Insurance is leasing some 1,500 square feet of retail space across from Thomas Hospital Infirmary, inside the Malbis Shoppes located at 29640 State Highway 181 in Daphne. Other tenants in the building include Papa Johns and Roberts Brothers Realty Inc. Steadman Bethea and Amanda Goldman with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.
SEC Property Management has purchased a 2,400-square-foot office building located inside Grelot Professional Park at 5920 Grelot Road in Mobile for $242,000. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the seller in the transaction. Grace Pond with Roberts Brothers Commercial & Property Management Inc. worked for the buyer.
Prime Surgical, a distributor of Arthrex medical devices, recently leased some 556 square feet of medical space inside the 10-story Montlimar Place office tower located at 1110 Montlimar Drive for its Mobile-based group. Tommy Gleason with NAI Mobile represented the landlord in the transaction. NAI Mobile also serves as property manager for the site.
Cammie’s Old Dutch sets up at Hank Aaron Stadium
Mobile Sports & Entertainment Group (MSEG) recently announced a new partnership with Mobile-based Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe. In continuous operation since 1956, the creamery and regional wholesaler will be serving various flavors from their eclectic and popular brand of ice cream at Hank Aaron Stadium in the near future. Up to 12 flavors will reportedly be served in cones and cups from concession stands at the Hank during events.
The one-year agreement is the first for local company MSEG, who took over management of Hank Aaron Stadium in December 2019. BallCorps LLC moved the former Mobile BayBears to Madison, a suburb of Huntsville, and renamed the Los Angeles Angels’ Double-A minor league team the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
Back in December Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson approved the sublease for MSEG for the remaining two years of the original agreement and, after weeks of discussions, the City Council voted unanimously to allow MSEG to move forward.
John Hilliard, MSEG vice president, began working with MSEG President Ari Rosenbaum two years ago on approvals to manage the stadium, meeting with city officials to discuss plans for the future.
“Our team has worked hard and waited patiently for this day,” Hilliard said. “Partnering with local, Mobile-based and well-known businesses like Cammie’s Old Dutch is just the beginning.”
Old Dutch will first serve at the Hank this Thursday when Murphy High School faces B.C. Rain in their high school baseball home opener. Choices will include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate-chocolate chip, red velvet, birthday cake, Creole praline and green mint chip.
“I am over the moon excited to have my ice cream served at the Hank. Locals supporting locals,” Cammie Wayne, owner of Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe, said. The store’s flagship space is found at the corner of Old Shell Road and Florida Street.
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