Harry and Alissa Johnson, owners of Rosie’s Grill on Highway 98 in Daphne, are closing the doors June 30. The building has been leased to Jeremiah Matthews, executive chef of Jesse’s in Magnolia Springs. If you’re familiar with Jesse’s, you know we have something to look forward to.
Called South Wood Kitchen, this will be Matthews’ first restaurant and quickly replace Rosie’s, with plans to open in August.
But the Johnsons are not resting on their laurels. They are purchasing the Gumbo Shack in downtown Fairhope and replacing it with their own El Camino Taco Shack, which will feature some of Rosie’s fresh Mexican menu items. Expect the Shack to be open before Labor Day.
Additions at Manci’s
Don’t panic, everyone. Manci’s is still Manci’s. You can’t take away an Old Towne Daphne mainstay like that. It was an oddly worded Facebook post that had some of you in a fit.
The facts: The third room of Manci’s will become Buster’s Brick Oven Wine and Spirits. This will be a hot spot for small plates, wine, handcrafted cocktails and the like. You’ll still be able to get your burgers next door.
Bay Bites announces festival
We have a date for Mobile Baykeeper’s Bay Bites Food Truck Festival! This year’s event is slated for Wednesday, July 26, from 5-8 p.m. at Cooper Riverside Park. The event will be similar to last year’s. Expect eight or nine trucks to feed 1,000-plus guests. Expect craft beer from Sweetwater Brewing, a dunking booth, corn-hole, face painting, games and live music by Roadside Glorious.
Tickets are available at www.mobilebaykeeper.org for $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. This includes three drink tokens (beer or coke products). Proceeds will benefit Mobile Baykeeper’s efforts for clean water, clean air and healthy communities. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
MaGhee’s honored by Epicureans
The Epicureans Dining Club of Mobile/Baldwin Counties selected MaGhee’s Grill on the Hill as Restaurant of the Year for the 2016-17 season. The decision came from a dining event held back in February.
The organization boasts more than 70 members and has been in existence 23 years. The award is based on a critique rating by members at each of their 12 events. Congratulations, MaGhee’s Grill on the Hill.
Oishi gets big buzz
This one came out of nowhere, but Facebook just exploded with people talking about Oishi Japanese Sushi Bar and Grill at 23000 Town Center Ave., Spanish Fort. If the pictures do it justice, I will hastily make my way to the new hot spot just behind Bass Pro Shops.
My friend Carlos Danger is a sushi lover if ever I’ve seen one, and is begging me to go. The menu looks amazing and the word Carlos keeps using is “extensive,” describing the options for rolls, Nigiri, sashimi, noodles and hibachi. I trust his judgment. Let me know what you think.