1. Truman’s Diner
Truman’s Diner is projected to be open by early spring 2019. The building located at 14 S. Conception St. has a long history. Built before 1875, it was remodeled in the 1920’s and was home to Rectors Cafe for about 30 years. Truman’s Diner will have an Old Mobile setting from the 1920’s and 30’s. It also features Mobile’s only octagonal skylight, an original to the building, it allows sun to beam down into the dining room.
Owner Bill Appling told me Truman’s will “feature affordably priced meals in a family atmosphere. A modern turn on some old favorites and the comfort foods your grandmother made when you were young.”
Truman’s will also feature Truman’s Nuts, their companion product line, featuring chocolate, pecans, and other speciality desserts. A percentage of Truman’s Nuts proceeds will support spay and neuter clinics in the Mobile area.
2. Wacked Out Weiner
The Wacked Out Weiner started in 2016 in Foley. Since then, they have added 2 other locations in Baldwin County now they are making their way to Downtown Mobile. Plans are for them to open right beside the A&M Peanut Shop on Dauphin St. just in time for Mardi Gras.
They specialize in Nathan’s all beef hot dogs with almost 30 toppings that can be added.
3. Nova Espresso
Nova Espresso is Mobile’s newest third wave, craft coffee shop. Located at 306 St. Anthony St. in Downtown Mobile they expect to be open February 1st. Owners Tim and Claire tell me their vibe will be “bright, clean lines, modern - we want it to be an inspiring atmosphere where good conversations are had and ideas are born.”
You can expect plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, good music, free WiFi and with the abundance of outdoor space you can expect plenty of activities on the lawn
4. Las Floriditas
Bob Baumhower’s newest restaurant in Mobile, Las Floriditas is scheduled to open mid-2019 in the former bank vault inside the basement of the RSA Trustmark Building. A cuban style “speak-easy” with a secret door entrance. The bank vault door is still intact and will be a large part of the decor of the former First National Bank Building. The former deposit boxes will all be repurposed as cabinets. Hours will be 4pm-2am and should be a nice “after party” for visitors of their sister restaurant Dauphin’s.
5. Old Majestic Brewing
“Life’s Too Short To Drink Bad Beer. It’s Time For An Old Majestic.”
The first brewery in Downtown Mobile’s “Automobile Alley” on St. Louis Street is Old Majestic Brewing located right behind The Cheese Cottage. Walls have gone up and they are projected to open in March/April 2019. Owner Chad Marchand recently told me, “Old Majestic produces handcrafted beer using time-honored methodologies and the finest natural ingredients with a goal of making our patrons more knowledgeable about the history and the content of a finely crafted ale. Old Majestic values quality and instills this quality in the brewing of beer the way it was meant to be brewed, using technology blended with tried and true old-world practices.”
Coming to the Oakleigh Garden District inside the old Cream and Sugar Building is Sempre. Sempre is bringing an exclusive, high-demand dining experience to Mobile. The owner/entrepreneurs and world traveling foodies want to create an upscale and comfortable ambiance where diners get a one-of-a-kind experience. A culinary innovation with cutting-edge world flavor profiles and southern swagger." according to their Facebook page. This will be a great addition to Oakleigh.
7. The Juicy Seafood
Coming in 2019 inside the former Zea restaurant at 4671 Airport Blvd will be The Juicy Seafood. Originally located out of Montgomery, Alabama, The Juicy Seafood is a Cajun style seafood restaurant. “Our food quality, friendly service and cleanliness will exceed your expectations.” says their website.
POST Crafted Cocktails and Wine Bar is coming soon to Dauphin St. in Downtown Mobile. Located next to Wintzell’s and across from O Daly’s, construction is ongoing and looks to be completed in early 2019.
9. Stevie’s Gumbo Bar
A spin off of the popular Stevie’s Kitchen, Stevie’s Gumbo Bar is coming soon to Downtown Mobile next to Spot of Tea in the old Artology Gallery building. They have occasionally served samples outside their building but you can expect to see a New Orleans style restaurant with Cajun and Creole style gumbo and dishes when they open.
10. Iron Hand Brewing
Iron Hand Brewing is the newest brewery to open in Downtown Mobile. Located at 206 State St. in DeToni Square they are perfectly named after Henry “Iron Hand” DeToni himself. They officially opened to the public a few days after Christmas. With Mobile’s brewery scene thriving, Iron Hand is the only brew pub in Mobile. They are open 11-2 for lunch and 5-10 for dinner.
Their beer won’t be ready to serve until early January but with menu items like corned beef, bangers and mash and bratwurst this is definitely a place to check out right away.
11. The Salad Station
The Salad Station is a concept of fresh, local salad with fast, friendly service. Originally started in Hammond, Louisiana they now have franchises along the Gulf Coast. The Salad Station’s first location in Alabama will be in Westwood Plaza at the corner of Airport and Schillinger.
12. Happy Sushi
Happy Sushi is coming soon to the Yester Oaks Shopping Center off Airport Blvd. They have just announced a soft opening on January 4th and specialize in sushi and wings. The entire menu sounds delicious but the Alabama and Auburn roll looks to be their signature sushi while the desserts feature a flavored bubble tea.
13. Maple Street Biscuit Co.
Coming to Spring Hill in 2019 is the Maple Street Biscuit Co. Located on Old Shell Road at the former Rester Brothers automotive shop. Construction looks to be almost complete and they will be serving great biscuits and breakfast in no time.
14. Braided River Brewing Co.
Braided River Brewing Co. is the latest brewery to be announced coming soon to Mobile. Located on St. Louis Street inside the historic Wheeler Building which was originally a Chevrolet dealership and a former home to the Mobile Press Register. Braided River Brewing’s vision is “to contribute to the growth of Mobile as a craft beer hub and destination, along with providing a place to kick back and build connections within our community. So we’re building a canning brewery and taproom in downtown Mobile.”
15. Yellowhammer Coffee
Mobile’s favorite coffee trailer officially has their own store now! Located at 3249 Dauphin St. at Dauphin and I-65. Yellowhammer did a soft launch just before Christmas but this is sure to be a favorite spot for 2019. Their hours are 6-6 Monday - Friday, 7-7 on Saturday.