New Owners of Ed’s Seafood Shed will continue the tradition of fun Southern Classics

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Ed and Barbara Bridges created a loyal customer base during the seventeen years they owned Ed’s Seafood Shed on the Causeway. With no prior restaurant experience, the rookie restaurateurs did an incredible job serving their family recipes cooked the ‘Old Mobile’way.
This past October the Bridges were able to comfortably pass the torch to a group of new owners. They know that the business is in good hands and have been assured that what they built will always have a an “Ed” in it.
Pete Blohme, Nick Dimario and Robert Kabakoff partnered to refresh and relaunch the restaurant and offer their customers Southern coastal classics. Gumbo, fried oysters, fried gulf shrimp, a variety of fish, scallops, crab claws,  turnip greens, garlic cheese grits and the famous cole slaw with crackers are just some of what Ed’s Shed has offered and will continue to offer. They are dedicated to improve and enhance without changing what Ed’s is all about.
The gorgeous view of Mobile Bay could not be improved upon but some of the building’s features have. The spacious back patios have been redecked and freshly painted, new windows and state of the art heaters have been installed. An outdoor kid’s zone is in the works and lots of great live music is being scheduled.
Neal Hollingshead is the General Manager of Ed’s Seafood Shed and preceeded the purchase of the business. His commitment and dedication to this location and the industry is just one of the reasons that the PP Restaurant Group successful.  The passion that this group of guys displays is more than evident, not only in words but in actions
“Everything that Pete has talked about has happened” says Dimario “and more!”
The company’s brands (Panini Pete’s, Sunset Pointe and now Ed’s Shed) not only serve the public with great food they also share a commitment to develop and mentor their employees. “Food is a great way to make friends.” says Blohme, “Develop them, enhance their skills and launch them onto something that makes them better.”
In conjunction with helping others, the PP Group has created the PR Foundation. Through fundraisers, volunteer efforts and donations the foundation’s purpose is to do very special things for very special people giving back to individuals with special needs, Veterans of the Armed Forces, no kill animal shelters and other community causes.
Ed’s Seafood Shed • 3382 Battleship Parkway, Spanish Fort • (251) 625-1947
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Popular Downtown Mobile Coffee Company expands offering to Eastern Shore

John SerdaThis Mobile native started his entrepreneurial journey in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. John Serda graduated from the University of South Alabama and was working towards his Masters Degree as he studied abroad. During his time in Costa Rica, John and the son of his host family saw a need and fulfilled it. They opened a coffee shop and internet cafe in 1999. It was extremely popular with tourists and other students. The partners were able to procure and serve local high end coffee that visitors to the area enjoyed. That, in turn, spurred a demand for their Costa Rican coffee after visitors returned home. John built a website and was able to enhance his business with online coffee sales. What started out as a six month stay for Serda turned into two years. John eventually returned to Mobile and sought traditional employment. His underwhelming search led him back to coffee and self employment when he opened his first coffee shop in Downtown Mobile in 2008.

Serda’s offers traditional cappuccinos, lattes, frozen cappuccinos, iced coffee drinks with frozen coffee cubes and a great selection of fresh roasted coffees from around the world utilizing a state of the art on-site roasting facility. They also offer a great selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, smoothies, Italian gelato, and craft beers along with domestics and imports, wine and liquor.

This past November, Serda’s Coffee Company opened a second location in Daphne. The Eastern Shore location mimics the same business model of the flagship store with added enhancements. The new construction of the building allows more flexibility in the kitchen arena which has inspired a chef driven menu offering cooked from scratch. In addition to meeting your morning caffeine needs, the Daphne location can get you fueled with breakfast specialties that include Columbian pancakes, biscuits & coffee gravy,  breakfast bowl and sandwiches, omlettes and benedicts. The menu transitions into lunch with soup, salads, sandwiches and sides.

The spacious surroundings host Tuesday night trivia, Thursday night bingo and Saturday game night, all starting at 7pm.  Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5pm until 7pm with half off drafts and $1 off wine. It’s buy one, get one free coffee on Monday evenings and Wednesday evenings, enjoy two for one gelato.

Make plans to stop by the new Daphne Serda’s – there truly is something for everyone!

Serda’s Coffee Company, 1539 U.S. Hwy 98, Suite 203, Daphne • (251) 517-3963 • Facebook “Serda’s Coffee” • www.serdas.com