Fairhope’s Camellia Cafe reopens after extensive renovations to existing structure

CCRyan Glass relocated his business, Camellia Cafe, from Daphne to Downtown Fairhope in 2010. Although the move from the small cottage in Daphne to a remodeled venue was an upgrade, he was still challenged by the limited amount of available kitchen space. It has taken roughly four years and a lot of jumping through hoops in order for further renovations to take place. After Valentine’s Day, the restaurant was closed while the back of the building was torn down to allow for the expansion of the kitchen. The progression also included adding square footage on top of the building. Outside stairs lead the way to additional storage and office space above the kitchen. An actual office is something that Glass was never had and is quite pleased about. An additional guest bathroom was added so now there is a “his” and a “hers”. The dining room layout was altered and walls were reconfigured to reduce noise and enhance overall dining experience. Glass and his staff are ecstatic about the new kitchen space that allows for a walk in cooler, a separate prep area and more functional line space that includes a wood burning grill.
An incredible staff of key people are in place in both front and back of the house. Ryan’s fresh approach and the implementation of phenomenal ingredients that include fresh, farm raised and local has created a following of loyal customers. Culinary creativity abounds and is displayed through his ever evolving menu at Camellia Cafe. The bar at the cafe boasts of an incredible wine selection that pairs exquisitely with the cuisine and also a full line of premium liquors to ensure a perfect cocktail. Dinner service concludes at 10pm but bar service will be extended as the need arises.  Camellia Cafe is open for dinner service on Tuesday through Saturday and reservations are highly recommended. The restaurant is also available for private parties on Sunday or Monday or during lunch hours. Camellia Cafe, 61 North Section Street, Fairhope  (251) 928-4321 • Facebook “Camellia Cafe”   http://www.CamelliaCafe.com

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