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Rooster’s and other downtown restaurants will donate a percentage of sales during Memorial Day week to Knights of Heroes, a charity that sends children of fallen soldiers to a wilderness adventure summer camp in Colorado.

Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day, but Rooster’s Latin American Food will celebrate May 29 through June 3 by raising funds for a charity that hits close to home for owner Frankie Little.

In honor of Little’s brother, Lt. Col. Mark Stratton, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2009, Rooster’s will donate a portion of its sales from the aforementioned week to Knights of Heroes. This charity sends the children of fallen soldiers to a wilderness adventure summer camp in Colorado.

Other restaurants are following suit, such as Mama’s, Mediterranean Sandwich Co., Bob’s Downtown, Pizzeria Delphina, Costco and The Haberdasher. For more information visit More importantly, go eat there.

Paula Deen coming to OWA

OWA fans, get ready for some good eating! Paula Deen and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have announced plans to open Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at the entertainment destination in Foley.

“I have selected my favorite recipes to serve to my guests family-style in an atmosphere just like my home,” Deen said. “It’s all you can eat, so come hungry, y’all!”

You just totally read that in her voice.

The restaurant has other locations in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and Fairview and San Antonio, Texas. Ours will be accompanied by a retail store featuring items hand-selected by Deen to reflect her taste and Savannah’s rich cultural heritage.

I’m certain OWA is buzzing about her fried chicken. We will let you know as soon as it opens.

Forest to Table with Hank Shaw

It will be an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres as the Noble South welcomes James Beard Award winner Hank Shaw of Great Days Outdoors and author of “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” on Thursday, May 31, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

For $75, guests will be treated to beer, wine and recipes straight from the cookbook as well as a copy of the book to take home. Tickets are available at

Poke Luau coming to Pinebrook Shopping Center

Get ready to get your Hawaiian on. Poke Luau is coming soon to Mobile’s Pinebrook Shopping Center, competing with the likes of China Doll and Rock-n-Roll Sushi for Pacific influence. That whole area is ripe with restaurants. Let’s welcome another.

Catbird Seat replacing Cream & Sugar

A sign is up but everyone is being tight-lipped. The Catbird Seat has a “coming soon” sign outside the former Cream & Sugar. Questions as to whether or not it is affiliated with the Nashville restaurant of the same name quickly arose, but we are assured it is not. That’s all we have at the moment, but expect some action soon.

Chat A Way Café closed

I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know the answer, but when a reader recently asked me if Chat A Way Café in Spring Hill Village Shopping Center was closed I had to look it up.

According to the shopping center’s Facebook page, the café closed in February. Sorry we missed it. Let’s hope another charming eatery can open next to Rouses soon.