A Spotlight On Local Ingredients

Sachin Ghatwal

James Beard has recognized The Hummingbird Way as a Smart Catch Leader for its commitment to sustainable seafood.

This iconic restaurant on George Street serves a wide variety of fresh seafood, like bay shrimp and oysters. 

They are particularly famous for their oyster bar. So if you’d like to gorge yourself on the fruits of the sea and dine at an establishment that has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, you know where to go. 

a spotlight on local ingredients

The James Beard Foundation boasts of several accolades bestowed upon restaurants across the country for their exceptional cookery. 

The Hummingbird Way’s proprietors have expressed their gratitude to its patrons on social media for their continued trust in the restaurant’s ability to get sustainably caught seafood.

If you haven’t gone there yet, this is your sign. It’s time to sample Chef Jim Smith’s fresh take on Southern cooking in a casual and warm atmosphere. 

Affordable Housing Solutions 

affordable housing solutions

Construction on Mobile’s first low-income housing project east of Interstate 65 in 40 years has begun in the Maysville neighborhood.

The Maryvale Place apartment building will feature 96 units when it opens in the fall of 2024.

There will be a limit on the household’s income for those apartments. The Mobile Housing Authority will provide Housing Choice Vouchers to families who will live there. 

There will be studios, two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms in the complex, as well as accessible units for those with physical limitations.

Public and private entities will work together on this $29 million development. The Hollyhand Companies of Tuscaloosa will handle construction. About $7.7 million of the total cost will come from Mobile’s government.

It’s nice to know that the city is addressing the lack of construction of affordable housing as of late. 

A New Hangout 

a new hangout A Spotlight On Local Ingredients James Beard has recognized The Hummingbird Way as a Smart Catch Leader for its commitment to sustainable seafood.

Mobile County has reopened Escatawpa Hollow after a year of renovations, providing the public with a preview of the upcoming enhancements to the property along the Escatawpa River’s sandy beaches.

It used to be a private riverfront campground but is now being redeveloped as a park. 

When Larry and Janice Godfrey bought the land on U.S. 98 near the Mississippi state line more than 30 years ago, it was home to the Escatawpa Hollow Campground, the inspiration for the park. 

In 2019, the park was sold to the county, and in the spring of 2021, the county closed it for “Phase 1A” of renovations. 

Most of the $3.5 million in funding for the project came from a state grant in GOMESA funds, which in turn came from Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases.

An RV campsite with more than 30 pads will open at the beginning of 2023, and the following year will see the continuation of construction on the remaining Phase 1A upgrades and Phase 2B. 

The latter will feature amenities, including a cafe, general store, playground, and interpretive center for the nearby Black Water River. 

Rental cabins, a conference hall, a disc golf course, additional pathways for walking and biking, and canoe and kayak rentals are all on the docket for Phase 2.

Escatawpa Hollow is free and open to the public from 8 am to 5 pm, seven days a week!

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion

celebrating diversity and inclusion

One of Alabama’s longest-running LGBTQ nightclubs turned 30, and the celebration was a blast in its honor.

Derrick Berry, a contestant on the reality show “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” performed that evening. The Nxt LvL Skybar, Mobile’s first rooftop bar, also opened its doors above B-Bob’s. 

According to the Damron Guide, an online reference for LGBTQ-friendly places worldwide, there were 17 gay bars in Alabama in 1992, with six of them located in Mobile.

What does this tell us? 

This tells us that Mobile seeks diversity with the uses of its buildings and that the real strength of Downtown is its inclusivity. 

Over time, B-Bob’s evolved into a lively nightclub that attracted performers from all over. Despite its age, it remains a favorite destination for traveling drag acts, including some of the best in the business.

The establishment also maintains strong ties with local drag performers who consider B-Bob’s home.

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