Chris 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”
Noell Broughton and Bobby Kilpatrick have been friends for years. Twenty years ago, Bobby worked for Noell at his restaurant, 14 South on Church Street in Fairhope. Even in the early stages of their work relationship the idea of their someday partnering was a dialogue. After the restaurant sold each went on to pursue different interests in the food and entertainment industry. Bobby remained in Baldwin County while Noell, a Mobile native, focused his efforts in the Port City. Noell’s longevity and success in Mobile has been proven by businesses such as Cafe 615, Boo Radley’s, The Brickyard, The Bar and Noell B’s – just to name a few. Bobby and Noell first partnered on an Eastern Shore drinkery, PLOW in 2014, after Bobby’s business My Place was unable to renew the lease on the building in which the bar was contained. Then along came another opportunity. Kilpatrick had always admired the location at 311 Fairhope Avenue. After seeing several businesses unsuccessful in that spot, he knew he could make it work. So Bobby, Noell and Dave Shipman drew up an agreement and gave it a name, The Bone and Barrel. The guys have classed it up but left that rustic touch and are incredibly pleased with the way it has turned out. They give credit where credit is due and realize that they are only as good as the people that they hire. They have put together an incredible staff that makes their job a dream. Music is scheduled on the back patio every Tuesday and Thursdays through Saturdays. There is also a patio bar and outdoor seating in addition to the main bar and dining area and upstairs bar, balcony, and dining room. The guys had fun creating a menu of casual fare to make sure there was something for everyone to enjoy. Soups and salads, appetizers of Conecuh bacon, sugar cane shrimp, fried ribs, wings, pan seared crab cakes, blue crab dip and more! Between the Buns boasts of burgers and chicken sandwiches, seared tuna, shrimp and oyster poboys, soft shelled crab, cuban sandwich and even slow roasted beef. Entrees include a fried spinach and goat cheese grits dish topped with shrimp and tomato gravy, an 18 oz bone in ribeye and a daily pasta. Tuesdays for Boozy Bluesy Tuesday featuring a live solo artist, drink and appetizer specials. The Bone and Barrel is open daily at 11am. The Bone and Barrel, 311 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope (251) 990-0782 • Facebook “Bone and Barrel”
“I’ve been in the bar business long enough to know what people want” says Fairhope native Bobby Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick along with Will Easterling, Noel Broughton and Alex Daniels recently partnered and opened a new business called PLOW. There was an opportunity that presented itself, along with a need for something a little different. The love of live music in this community also played a big part in what the guys planned for Plow. A stage was included in the mix and will host not only local music but regional acts from all over the Southeast.
All the negative perceptions concerning being located in a strip shopping area have seemed to have fallen by the wayside. Plow does not serve food but customers enjoy ordering from surrounding restaurants and are welcome to dine at Plow. There are booths and tables available for that as well as intimate conversation if you don’t wish to sit at the bar. Parking is not an issue and so far, the location seems to be a convenient option for patrons.
Plow’s interior celebrates the rich heritage and humble beginnings that Baldwin County is known for – farming and agriculture. The decor gives a rustic, woodsy feel that makes you feel right at home. A long, roomy, custom made bar featuring fourteen beer taps suspended from the ceiling serve an ice cold selection of craft beers. Of course domestics are available in addition wine and a full bar that offers well and premium liquors. There are eight large screen high definition televisions perfectly placed along with mega touch gaming systems at each end of the bar. Towards the back of the building there is a gaming nook that includes a Foos ball table, Golden Tee and Power Putt. Smoking is off limits inside but there is a covered deck outside that carries the theme of the interior to the exterior and also welcomes smokers.
There are definitely some familiar faces behind the bar that include some of the best bartenders in the area. Plow opens at 3pm and offers Happy Hour from 3pm until 7pm, Monday through Friday
PLOW, 96 Plantation Pointe Shopping Center, Fairhope • Facebook “Plow”