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Wintzell’s Golf Classic Raises Nearly $40,000 for Distinguished Young Women

Posted on June 28, 2016 to News & Events

The 10th Annual Wintzell’s Golf Classic benefitting Distinguished Young Women was held at Lakewood Golf Club in Point Clear, Alabama on Friday, June 17th, attracting nearly 200 golfers from across the region. The four-person team scramble is held annually and is the single largest fundraiser of Wintzell’s Oyster House, having raised over $360,000 in scholarship funds for the college-bound finalists of the Distinguished Young Women program. Bob and Buffy Donlon of Wintzell’s established the tournament in 2007 to build upon the restaurants’ longtime support of the DYW organization and its positive mission. Wintzell’s remains the oldest continuous sponsor of DYW, which recognizes and rewards the accomplishments of young women seeking to pursue higher education.

The tournament celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with record-breaking numbers. With a better-than-ever turnout, the tournament will contribute over $39,000 to Distinguished Young Women. The team representing Nick’s Kids Foundation won 1st place in the scramble and received prizes at the awards luncheon at Wintzell’s Fairhope restaurant following the tournament.

Wintzell’s would like to thank the tournament’s chairman, Susie Redman of the LPGA, for taking the time to speak to the Distinguished Young Women, sharing her story and explaining the importance of learning the great game of golf. The Wintzell’s Golf Classic would also like to thank its many sponsors for helping make the event a success, including Mobile Fixture, The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, The Battle House Hotel, Merrill Lynch, Gulf Distributing, McCain Foods, Infirmary Health, Coca Cola, Whiskey Willy’s Original Bloody Mary Mix, Mike’s Pies, Island Oasis, Franklin Primary Health Center, Delaney Development, Stifel Financial, The University of South Alabama, Sysco, Cintas, Horne LLP, The Senior Bowl, ICS Communications, and Ambrecht Jackson.


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Wintzell’s Golf Classic Scheduled for June 22-23, 2015

Posted on May 5, 2015 to News & Events

The 9th Annual Wintzell’s Golf Classic is slated for Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23 at the Marriott Grand Hotel’s Lakewood Golf Club. The tournament began in 2007 and remains the single biggest fundraiser of Wintzell’s Oyster House, having raised over $300,000 in scholarship funds for the college-bound finalists of the Distinguished Young Women program (formerly America’s Junior Miss). Founded and still headquartered in Mobile, the DYW program is the largest and oldest national scholarship program for high school girls.

This year the Wintzell’s Golf Classic will expand its reach and its promise to giving back by supporting the DYW program as well as Big Oak Ranch, a Christian home for children needing a chance.

Teams may choose to play either on Monday, June 22nd (afternoon tee-off, limited registration) or Tuesday, June 23rd (morning tee-off).

We invite you to join us in supporting these two great Alabama-based organizations! Click here to download our brochure. Please contact Scootie Dabbs by phone (251.406.2860) or e-mail for more information.

2014 Golfers and DYW Finalists

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Vote now in our first Forever Clever Tournament!

Posted on March 16, 2015 to News & Events

From basketball to bits of wit and wisdom, we’re wild about March Madness! Wintzell’s popularity hails in part from its founder’s homespun sayings—thousands of quips and questions that color the walls of all Wintzell’s restaurants. These widely read witticisms are going head-to-head in a multi-round challenge that’ll be settled by our fans. Vote now and help decide the best, most clever saying you’ll find on Wintzell’s walls!


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Celebrating Gulf Coast Finfish

Posted on December 29, 2014 to News & Events

Our partnership with the Gulf Coast Seafood Marketing Coalition is in full swing, and we are pleased to offer fresh Gulf Coast finfish as our catch of the day. Prepared grilled, blackened, fried or broiled, this entrée is flavorful and direct from the dock. With our commitment to the Gulf Coast Seafood Traceability Standard, our guests can now scan a QR code right from their seat such that they can trace the route their seafood took from sea to table.

The nutrient-rich Gulf Coast waters provide an ideal environment for finfish to thrive. Gulf Coast finfish offer many health benefits, as they are generally low in saturated fat, high in protein and high in healthy omega-3 fats and minerals. The FDA recommends people eat up to 12 ounces (about two meals) of fish per week.

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Wintzell’s Earns Coverage in Nation’s Restaurant News

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Wintzell’s Oyster House was recently the subject of a feature written by Ron Ruggles of Nation’s Restaurant News, the leading publication within the foodservice industry. During a visit to Mobile in August, Ruggles dined at the original Wintzell’s on Dauphin Street. His article, “76-Year-Old Wintzell’s Oyster House Modernizes,” explores the brand’s use of social media as a means of remaining on trend in a digital world. “Part of staying youthful,” Ruggles writes, “has been Wintzell’s embrace of social media.” With a Facebook page for each Wintzell’s location as well as a Twitter page and Instagram page, Wintzell’s has developed an extensive following across all platforms. Ruggles’s article includes a photograph of Wintzell’s server Monique Scott, more commonly known as “Miss Pinky,” who has been with Wintzell’s for over ten years. Scott, a well-known fan favorite, recently received the “Oliver’s Wit & Wisdom Award” at the company’s annual holiday party and awards presentation.

Wintzell’s communications manager Clay Omainsky says the article was an exciting way to round out the year. “I woke up that morning with a Google Alert in my inbox and couldn’t believe it. We are humbled by any media coverage, but because Nation’s Restaurant News usually only covers the big players in the industry, it was a huge opportunity for us.”

In line with the article’s focus, news of its publication was shared via social media, reaching nearly 15,000 fans on Facebook. The December 12th post reads accordingly: “From a six-stool oyster bar in 1938 to a feature in Nation’s Restaurant News today, one thing will never change: heartened every day by your support, we absolutely love what we do!”

The article may be viewed online by clicking here.






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Wintzell’s Opens in Greenville, Alabama

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GREENVILLE, Ala., December 22, 2014 – Wintzell’s Inc. today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Greenville, Alabama. The new Wintzell’s Oyster House is located at 128 Interstate Drive, the former site of the Timberland Log Homes building, across from the Interstate Plaza shopping center.

The project first took shape in December 2011, when Wintzell’s CEO Bob Donlon announced plans to open a Wintzell’s location in Greenville. After the widening of Interstate Drive to accommodate for additional parking and building space, the Greenville Downtown Redevelopment Authority contracted Rogers & Willard of Mobile, who in July began construction on the approximately 5,500 square-foot building.

Wintzell’s owners Bob and Buffy Donlon hosted an opening celebration on Tuesday, December 16th which benefitted Safe Harbor, a child advocacy center serving Butler, Crenshaw and Lowndes counties. The restaurant intends to be involved with community projects and events, according to the Donlons.

“We are very excited to open in Greenville and be a part of this community,” says Bob Donlon. “Since we began this venture three years ago, we have enjoyed spending time here, and it’s clear that Greenville is eager to share in our 76-year-old tradition of outstanding food and hospitality.”

Those anticipating the Wintzell’s opening have found company on social media channels—Facebook in particular—where fans have been active and supportive, according to Wintzell’s communications manager Clay Omainsky. Since the Greenville-specific Facebook page was created in January 2014, it has accrued more than 1,400 followers. “The page’s fans have been asking about the opening for months,” says Omainsky. “Construction often bears an uncertain timeline, but that response loses application when people are really, really excited about something.”

The opening date was announced in a December 4th Facebook post, seen by nearly 10,000 users, liked by over 200 and shared 62 times. “We wanted firstly to acknowledge the fans’ patience and also to thank them for it,” explains Omainsky. “The response was overwhelming. Engaging with this terrific group of fans tenders a highly encouraging outlook for this restaurant.” Omainsky added that the company would continue to utilize Facebook for announcements, contests and promotions.

The new restaurant seats approximately 150 guests, includes a private banquet room and features the thousands of homespun sayings that cover the walls of all Wintzell’s restaurants. While oysters headline the iconic Mobile-based brand, Wintzell’s menu comprises signature seafood dishes like bacon wrapped shrimp and redfish bienville; regional favorites, including award-winning seafood gumbo and homemade bread pudding; USDA-choice cut steaks; and two specialties native to Mobile: West Indies salad and fried crab claws. Greenville’s Wintzell’s will offer $7.99 lunch specials Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as well as happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. General hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant employs nearly 100 individuals, and while it is presently fully staffed, prospective job seekers can submit an application at any time by visiting the restaurant’s Careers page.

Founded in 1938 as a six-stool oyster bar, Wintzell’s delivers an atmosphere that is lively, casual, and unmistakably southern. The Greenville restaurant joins ten other Wintzell’s locations, with nine in Alabama and one in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania. The company is currently pursuing options to develop units in the Birmingham area, according to Donlon.

 Ribbon cutting in Greenville

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Wintzell’s Nabs Nappie Award for Best Gumbo

Posted on July 31, 2014 to News & Events

Among many things, we look forward to the Nappies every July, when the readers of Lagniappe choose their Mobile-area favorites. What began as a biweekly publication in July 2002, the Lagniappe has become Mobile’s independent weekly newspaper, served to more than 80,000 readers every week. The Lagniappe is locally owned and focuses on highly localized content for the citizens of Mobile and neighboring communities including Daphne, Fairhope and Gulf Shores.

Each summer the Lagniappe invites citizens to cast votes within categories that include Style, Services, Music, Arts, Media, and our personal favorite: Cuisine. With thousands of votes counted, Wintzell’s is thrilled to have won the 2014 Nappie for Best Gumbo. “This is a tough category,” writes Lagniappe cuisine editor Andy MacDonald. “Everyone thinks their gumbo is the best.”

MacDonald’s July 24th column “The Dish” gives special recognition to Wintzell’s: “Congratulations, Wintzell’s. You’ve honed it for many years.” Thanks, Andy, and kudos to the entire Lagniappe staff for keeping things funky, year after year!

And a very special thanks to our fans who voted and made this possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Our award-winning gumbo

Our award-winning gumbo

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A Good Partnership for a Great Cause

Posted on July 30, 2014 to News & Events

How many jumbo fried shrimp can you eat in five minutes? Six competitors asked that of themselves as they geared up for what we hope will be an annual event: The Be Good for Something Shrimp Eating Competition. The event, hosted by the Downtown location on Saturday, July 26, drew dozens of spectators and supporters.

“Be Good for Something” plays off the name of our partner sponsor, Good People Brewing Company, the oldest brewery in Alabama. Founded in 2008, the Birmingham-based brewery offers five year-round brews and four seasonals. Wintzell’s paired with Good People to raise funds for the Mobile Law Enforcement Agency, which supports the police department as a dire need fund.

The fundraiser consisted of three parts. Beginning July 1st, fans were encouraged through social media to donate to their favored team. Throughout the month of July, Wintzell’s raised $700, beating out Good People. Then, on the 26th, Wintzell’s three-person team went head-to-head against Good People’s in a shrimp-eating showdown. Team Wintzell’s came up short here, eating 92 fried shrimp against Good People’s 108. In accordance with the rules, Wintzell’s made a $250 donation in Good People’s name. And finally, Wintzell’s extended proceeds from guests’ purchases that included either fried shrimp or Good People products.

All in all, Wintzell’s and Good People raised $2500 for Mobile’s police department—a triumph for a first-time fundraiser! You can check out Fox10’s coverage of the event by clicking here.

Shrimp eating challengers

Competitors from Wintzell’s, the Mobile Police Department, and Good People Brewing Company

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