Old Shell Road is about to get a new tenant at the intersection of Kenneth Street. Just across from the Dew Drop Inn, we are counting the days for our first meal at Nixon’s in the former Old Shell Growlers building. Owner John Thompson of Callaghan’s and Manci’s fame says they are somewhere in the range of a couple of months from opening.

Building projects are underway, with a kitchen expansion and a few minor changes, but the intent is for the menu to remain small. With Brian Reed at the helm you know it will be good, no matter the size.

“We haven’t completely nailed down the menu yet,” says Thompson, “but it will be nothing like Callaghan’s. I’m not even serving a burger.” Certainly he isn’t serving a hot dog, either, with the iconic Dew Drop across the street.

The bar is beautiful and the side room is destined to have a pool table, limiting the dining area a bit. The drugstore theme is a nod to Nixon’s former days, but this incarnation will have no soda jerks. The focus will be on the happy hour crowd and dinner, but Thompson is open to the idea of Saturday lunch.

Leave it to J.T. to create another neighborhood bar. It seems he’s great at running those things.

Burris Farm Market closes Loxley location, may reopen

It was a famous landmark in Baldwin County for as long as I can remember, but Burris Farm Market has, shall we say, bought the farm. The giant produce stand was a popular stopping point for people on their way to the beach looking to stock their rentals full of fresh corn, tomatoes and fruit. Locals kept their dinner tables covered in their goods. Children and adults alike enjoyed their ice cream on the go. So why did this little section of Happyville close?

The business announced via Facebook they were closing due to a lack of business since the new Foley Beach Express diverted traffic away from their section of U.S. Route 59. They also mentioned an increase in competition from other supermarkets/grocery stores, which I take to mean the small Piggly Wiggly just a few blocks north has upped its game. There was even a mention that business dropped off after the oil spill and they never recovered.

For a minute everyone was in a panic over the thought of driving to The Wharf for Burris goods. Current owners do plan to develop that location further, but an interesting turn of events has original owner Greg Burris (who sold the business to the Stewart family in 2006) coming out of retirement with plans of reopening the Loxley farm market. No word on an opening date or new name as yet.