We may have lost Grimaldi’s Pizzeria at the Shoppes at Bel Air, but the new Texas de Brazil Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse opened there this past week. The all-you-can-eat grilled meat hotspot is the third in the state, after locations in Huntsville and Birmingham, and is located between P.F. Chang’s and Bob Baumhower’s Victory Grille.

Gauchos bring meat on ninja-like swords to your table and shave slices for you until you throw in the towel. The 6,500-square-foot dining room seats 194 guests and includes a salad area and lounge. An open grill kitchen lets you get a peek at the action and an award-winning wine cellar should keep you well lubricated.

“We are incredibly pleased by our continued growth in the Alabama market and are excited to introduce the churrasco dining experience to Mobile locals and visitors alike,” says Salim Asrawi, the company’s chief operating officer. “This opening on the Gulf Coast arrives just one month before Texas de Brazil’s 20-year anniversary and we are thrilled to join this community as we expand our family of restaurants.”

Dinner costs $40.99 per adult and begins with a visit to the expansive salad area. Flip your two-sided disc from red to green to begin receiving cuts of Brazilian picanha (sirloin), filet mignon, lamb chops, Parmesan-crusted pork loin, bacon-wrapped chicken and more. Flip it to red if you need to take a break. If you’re colorblind, I’d suggest bringing a buddy.

The restaurant is open for dinner daily at 5 p.m. weeknights and 4 p.m. on weekends. Happy hour is 4:30-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch service is coming soon.

Dunkin’ Donuts opens Springhill
Avenue location

I remember Yankee friends waxing nostalgic about Dunkin’ Donuts from their homelands. For years the donut chain avoided the Gulf Coast, more specifically Mobile, but now we are staring at our third Dunkin’ Donuts location, at 1753 Springhill Ave.

Social media was abuzz with pics of children cramming rings of dough covered in chocolate and sprinkles into their mouths, while mom and dad admitted they’d done the same when no one was looking.

The newest donut hole is at Springhill near Infirmary Boulevard, joining Old Shell Road and Schillinger in doing the work of the gods. Coffee junkies are already chiming in that their morning destinations have changed.

Container Park underway in Spanish Fort

It’s the building of the future. A container park is underway in the Spanish Fort Town Center near Bass Pro Shop, where nine shipping containers will be transformed into restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Mayor Mike McMillan says the family-friendly park will also have a stage for live music as well as an area where you can walk around with alcohol. We will keep you posted on the progress.