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Southern National now features brunch on Saturday as well as Sunday.

Saturday, April 14, is my favorite event of the year! It’s time for the 16th annual St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Crawfish and Bluegrass Extravaganza at St. Mary Catholic School grounds, 1450 Old Shell Road. Ready yourselves for thousands of pounds of bluegrass and hours of crawfish (or is it the other way around?), with gumbo and hot dogs for those not into pinching tails and sucking heads.

This year’s event features Fat Man Squeeze, returning for its 15th year at the festival. Tickets cost $30 in advance for adults, $35 at the gate. Teenagers ages 13-18 get in for $15 while kids 12 and under are admitted free.

This is Lucas’ last year avoiding admission fees, as I have watched my boys grow with this festival. My, how time flies.

Get your advance tickets at St. Mary Catholic Church and School offices, Mobile Popcorn or through Don’t miss this event, and prepare for the ever-popular Casino Night coming up Saturday, May 5!

Cream & Sugar closing, new restaurant coming

I can’t believe it’s been with us since 2009, but Cream & Sugar Café at the corner of George and Savannah will be serving its last breakfast, lunch and coffee Friday, April 13, as they approach a decade of service.

Owner Susan Carley and crew have fed the OGD their famous cake balls, gumbo and grits, and breakfast burritos with gusto and C&S is a fixture that will be missed by many. But the void won’t tarry. New owners are waiting in the wings and, as Cream & Sugar “regulars,” plan to continue breakfast and lunch service, keeping some of the more popular dishes as well as adding their own ideas.

“I love what we have built here and will miss it very much, but plan to spend more time with my family before Cameron and Ross go off to college,” Carley wrote last Friday. “There are many, many special friends and families I’ve come to know and love. I wanted to tell each of you in person and thank you for your patronage and friendship, so hopefully I will see you in the next two weeks.”

Kitchen on George is still going strong as the yin to its yang in that neighborhood. More on the new restaurant as it unfolds.

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Southern National expands to Saturday brunch

Fans of Southern National will be eager to hear the James Beard-nominated restaurant at 360 Dauphin St. is expanding brunch to Saturdays. You now have your choice of weekend days from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an aggressively Southern menu of chicken and waffles, collard green scramble or pork belly fried rice bowl, but I’ll be having the Kung Pao duck confit hash! See what the fuss is all about.

Easter is over, spring has sprung and we have a busy April! Stay tuned for more events as the month unfolds.