The Pearl in Our Oyster
Posted on October 29, 2013 to News & Events
The Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance celebrated the best in Alabama’s hospitality industry Monday October 28th, 2014 with several of Wintzell’s employees recognized as “Stars” of the Industry.
Wintzell’s very own, Mr. Willie Brown, was awarded Front of House Employee of the Year during the event. Front-of House Employees must focus on making outstanding impressions on guests, and that is exactly what Willie has continued to do in his 43 years of work at the original Wintzell’s location on Dauphin Street.
Willie has been an outstanding oyster shucker at Wintzell’s for 43 years. As a long time employee, Willie has become as Mayor Sam Jones calls “A tourist attraction in his own right.”
Willie holds the rare gift of not only oyster shucking, but being able to relate to all of Wintzell’s guests who eat at the oyster bar.
The reception highlighted Alabama Gulf Seafood followed by a gourmet meal served by Battle House Executive Chef Marty Pollock. Following the meal was an award ceremony, highlighting winners in many different categories.
Not only did Willie Brown shine for Wintzell’s, also manager Scott Wolfe from Wintzell’s Oyster House, Orange Beach was recognized as a finalist for Restaurant Manager of the Year award and Michelle Hamilton, Wintzell’s Oyster House in Fairhope’s hostess, was also a finalist for the Spirit Award.
The Wintzell’s team walked away with their heads held high that night, feeling great about being some of the best in Alabama’s restaurant industry.