Joy and David Davis vow to sustain the legacy of Ms. D and her Belforest restaurant

MsDSonny Davis laid the foundation and erected the building in which his wife, Diane built not only a business but her legacy. In 1970, Ms. D opened the doors to the public as a bar. She enjoyed providing the locals with a gathering place to relax and unwind after a long day. She started making pizzas for her patrons and before she knew it, the word was out. Her “Southern Italian style pizzas” were in such demand she had to recruit friends to help fulfill all the orders that were coming in. Her pizzas were sold and delivered to businesses and individuals from the Causeway to North Baldwin to Gulf Shores. It was not uncommon for Ms. D and her crew to pump out 200-300 ready-to-bake pizzas before the bar opened at 10am.
Diane’s focus eventually shifted. Her desire was to expand her food business and prepare more than pizza. A full kitchen menu was introduced bringing folks to her tables to enjoy, not only pizza, but burgers, crab claws, shrimp loafs, hot dogs and even fried bologna sandwiches!
This past August, after a brief illness Ms. D passed away. The restaurant was her baby and she made it clear that her wish was to “keep the business going”. Her son and daughter-in-law, David and Joy Davis inherited Ms. D’s Restaurant and they are now in charge of the day to day operations and honoring Diane’s wish to continue the enterprise. They have been humbled by the support of the community, loyal customers and wonderful employees who have stood by them during such a difficult time. The
legacy of Ms. D will continue through those who knew and loved her. They look forward to sharing her place with the public for many years to come.
There is something for everyone on the menu. Appetizers, salads, chicken wings and tenders, burgers, BLTs, chicken sandwiches and seafood – shrimp, oyster or fish loaf/po-boy and even a crab burger. And don’t forget about the pizzas and the full bar!
The Davises are most excited to announce to the public that Ms. D’s Restaurant is now officially smoke free. You can bring the kids and enjoy a great meal and on weekends, live, local entertainment. (There will be a outdoor deck added soon to accommodate those who wish to smoke or just to enjoy the outdoors.) Ms. D’s Restaurant opens Monday
through Saturday at 10am. Lunch is served from 11am until 2pm and on Friday and Saturday evenings dinner is served from 6pm-10pm.
Ms. D’s Restaurant • 25714 Highway 181, Daphne/Belforest • (251) 626-9918
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PLOW’s new owner will continue to promote Fairhope’s home grown hot spot as originally intended

chrisplowChris Capps was just being inquisitive when he thought he would investigate businesses that were for sale in the area. This New Jersey guy migrated to Baldwin County in 2009 after living in Georgia, North Carolina and serving the the US Coast Guard. At one time he managed a bar in New York City and since then has always thought about owning such an establishment. Capps had never darkened the doors of PLOW before he started doing his research. When he finally did, he knew he loved the feel of this neighborhood watering hole.  After patronizing the bar as a customer for several months he then became an employee. Just a couple of weeks before all the papers were signed he made his reveal and announced his intentions of ownership before the official closing of the sale of the business. Chris is excited to have an opportunity to host a venue with such a warm feel and is always open to suggestions. He wants his customers to have a comfortable good time. The bar is fully stocked with all the essentials and they also have a premium wine selection to accommodate the wine lovers. It has always been and will continue to be a smoke free environment. The pool tables are just for fun and live music is on the schedule for every Friday and Saturday night. Thursday night is Ladies Night and there is a daily Happy Hour from 3pm until 7pm and all day on Sunday.  A Bloody Mary Bar is featured on Sundays with an early opening time of 11am. Plans also include a monthly comedy night and look for crawfish on Mondays when the season kicks in. For your viewing pleasure there are a multitude of televisions including one on the patio. Patrons can also enjoy a game of darts and Golden Tee. Chris updates the FaceBook page on a regular basis so be sure to follow them for additional specials and entertainment.

PLOW, 96 Plantation Pointe, Fairhope • (251) 410-7569 • Facebook “Plow”

The Gambinos strive to enhance the Fairhope Municipal Pier experience with Shux on the Pier

ShuxRick Gambino has had his eye on the restaurant on Fairhope’s municipal pier since he lived within view. When the lease on the building became available, Gambino decided to take the opportunity to give the customers who have supported his Italian restaurant in Fairhope for decades another option. Initially, there were some challenging renovations that were made to the interior but with the help of Freddy Nolte and the dedicated Gambino crew the mission was accomplished. The interior was expanded by a few feet allowing for a full service bar with an open oyster grilling station and surrounding seating. A covered outdoor deck can also accommodate customers comfortably and is equipped for varying weather conditions. Josh Gambino is the General Manager and his wife Christy oversees the front of the house operations. The Gambinos want to enhance the atmosphere of the Fairhope pier by offering a venue where you can enjoy family and friends in a fun and relaxed setting with great food, drinks and entertainment. They buy and serve premium oysters, hand cut their steaks and pride themselves on serving a larger snow crab cluster. They have recently rolled out a new expanded menu. Shux’s Original Oysters are served raw, on the half shell or as a oyster shooter or “mini bloody mary”, flame grilled topped with Parmesan/Romano, lemon-herb butter and chives or Cajun, Char-broiled “Bienville” style with Andouille sausage, mushroom, shrimp, onions and Parmesan or Shuxafeller with spinach, garlic, mozzarella, chives, parmesan and bread crumbs. Shux’s appetizers include crab claws, crawfish balls, alligator bites, grilled shrimp, calamari, fried green tomatoes and more. They serve seafood gumbo, oyster stew and a soup of the day along with a variety of salads. Shux’s entrees include a Crab Cake and Fried Green Tomato Stack topped with tasso and served with a side salad, a Pasta New Orleans that includes Gulf shrimp, crawfish and Andouille sausage, Shrimp and Fish Tacos, Gulf Shrimp and Stone Grits, a Fried Seafood Basket, a Seafood Platter, Fried Seafood Po Boys – your choice of Gulf shrimp, Alabama oysters or farm raised catfish and a Catch of the Day. If you like your seafood steamed you are in luck! Royal Reds and Snow Crab are available and served with new potatoes and corn on the cob. They offer a Legs and Reds Platter for Two that includes two full pounds of Gulf shrimp and four clusters of steamed snow crab legs. If you are not in the mood for seafood you Shux offers a 14 ounce hand cut ribeye, a 10 ounce black angus burger topped with bacon and cheddar or a Fairhope Philly cheese steak sub complete with grilled peppers, mushrooms and onions. Shux’s also has walk up window for ice cream, snow cones, milkshakes, coffee, hot chocolate and the likes. They even offer a curbside to-go option. You can phone your order in, pay for it over the phone and they will walk it to your car! They welcome guest boaters and you can take advantage shuttle service within the downtown (Fruit & Nut Section) area if you don’t feel like driving. There is also shuttle service for the elderly, handicapped and those that require assistance. Their current winter hours are Tuesday through Thursday opening at 4pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday opening for lunch and dinner with no close in between. They are closed on Mondays. After January 1st they will be open Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 11am. Shux on the Pier, 1 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope (251) 421-4554 • http://www.shuxonthepier.com • Facebook “Shux on the Pier”