I love hearing about new restaurants opening and on the way. Some new faces are already making a splash in our favorite ZIP codes.

The former Yen restaurant at 763 Holcombe Ave. recently opened as El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant. The fresh, green coat of paint ensures you will not accidentally pass it by. El Mariachi finally opened this past week and friends are already singing its praises. Now if we can just get Yen to reopen in a former Mexican restaurant …

Things are looking good at the corner of Ann Street and Spring Hill Avenue with “opening soon” signs for Ray’s Soul Food Café. No word on a menu or opening date, just a sign in the window at this point, but the inside seems to be coming along. We will let you know as soon as we know something.

Dauphin Island is lucky to have a new restaurant already serving customers. Dority’s Bar & Grill at 1010 Bienville Blvd. had a soft opening this week and expects the menu to change daily.

For lunch you may find a French dip, a Conecuh dog or pulled pork tacos on Texas toast. The dinner crowd should expect nightly specials and three daily varieties of pizza. Breakfast will be served on weekends only. Pay attention to Dority’s on social media as it nears its grand opening.

Kitchen on George turns five
Can you believe it has been five years already? The corner of Savannah and George streets is still going strong as Kitchen on George with Executive Chef Bryan Cates. So strong, in fact, they are celebrating the “wood” year with a Wood and Wine dinner Wednesday, Nov. 9, with separate seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

This nine-course dinner will feature some progressive items like no other in our area, expertly paired with four different wines, so there is plenty of reason to get excited.

“We can’t wait to celebrate with our loyal customers and with the community,” Cates said. “Their support keeps us passionate about what we do and how we do it. Kitchen on George has been a vibrant part of Mobile’s dining scene for the last five years, and we are looking forward to continuing that reputation for many years to come.”

The short version of the menu doesn’t do it justice, but I’ll hit nine points. First, Vichyssoise Gougere, lox with hay-smoked pear, crab with apple and preserved peanut with pepper oil, barbecue sunchoke with pecan mole and pea tendrils, shrimp sausage, pork griot with samp grits, tuna poke with benne cracker, beef with sour onions and sweet potato and, finally, petit fours.

The cost is $100 per person plus gratuity. The 50 seats will sell out quickly so call 251-436-8890. See you there.