Wingstop, Pace student MLB draft, tea house

This week’s news has been dominated by new places to treat your taste buds.

Here’s our roundup of the best subscriber-only stories of the week.

Kicking off is Pace’s Walter Ford, who is expected to be an early-round pick in the MLB Draft. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound right-handed pitcher is the 53rd ranked prospect in this year’s draft according to

The Escambia County Commission was scheduled to vote Thursday on a new memorial reef program. The program will provide structures at the bottom of the sea to honor departed loved ones.

Officials say the numbers are in:Crowds at the 2022 Blue Angels Air Show were bigger than ever

Marina Oyster Barn:The iconic Marina Oyster Barn is gone, but construction of a new restaurant is underway

South Market recently moved to 905 E. Gregory St., giving it more space to expand its menu. Under the direction of newly hired chef Keith Pardue, this menu was launched on Friday.

The long-awaited Wingstop on Nine Mile is finally open. This will be the franchise’s third location.

And finally, a couple from Baghdad transforms a historic house into a new place for afternoon tea. The house has been around for over 100 years and has earned a place as a Florida Heritage Site. Customers can expect a traditional British afternoon tea with sandwiches, soups, quiches, scones and other desserts.

Pace’s Walter Ford set to continue Pensacola-area MLB draft legacy

Whole story :Pace’s Walter Ford will be the latest in a long line of Pensacola-area talent taken in the MLB Draft

Pace's Walter Ford throws a pitch during their State Championship game against Doral Academy in Fort Myers on Saturday, May 21, 2022. (Photo/Chris Tilley)

A few days before undoubtedly one of the greatest days of his life, Walter Ford was in his sanctuary.

The recent Pace High School graduate and Florida Dairy Farmers Association Class 6A Player of the Year spent last Tuesday night watching 2021 World Series MVP Jorge Soler take his cuts as a member of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos during a game against the Chattanooga Lookouts at Blue Wahoos Stadium.

Ford is expected to be a first-round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Sunday and will be televised by both ESPN and the MLB Network.

The 6-foot-3, 198-pound right-handed pitcher is the 53rd-ranked prospect in this year’s draft according to, but is rumored to be a possible selection at the end of the first round.

New chef brings ‘coastal southern’ cuisine to the southern market menu

Whole story :Not only has South Market got a facelift, but a new chef and a major menu facelift

Ribeye with Blueberry Bordelaise Sauce at the new South Market location at 905 East Gregory Street in Pensacola on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

South Market is taking on a new direction under newly hired chef Keith Pardue, who is launching a new menu on Friday.

South Market owner Holly Hays said that once the restaurant’s move to 905 E. Gregory St. was made official, she knew the additional square footage would also provide the opportunity to expand the menu and offer items such as Gulf seafood, fresh oysters and quality steaks.

Hays knew Pardue as a chef and also as a regular brunchist at the South Market, so she decided to recruit him to reshape the restaurant’s dinner offerings.

Escambia County to Create Memorial Reef Program

Whole story :Memorial wreaths are common, but a memorial reef program? This is new for Escambia County

It’s not uncommon to see memorials in public parks or plazas, but soon Escambia County will begin offering structures at the bottom of the sea to honor departed loved ones.

The Escambia County Commission is set to vote Thursday on a new memorial reef program thanks to a donation from former Scuba Shack co-owner and longtime Marine Resources Advisory Committee member Eilene Beard.

In February, Beard donated $500,000 to Escambia County to help expand its artificial reef program. As part of this, $100,000 of the donation is being used to purchase a first barge of artificial reef structures that will form the first phase of the memorial reef program.

The long-awaited East Nine Mile Wingstop is now open

Whole story :Wingstop brings the heat to East Nine Mile with the opening of a third location in Pensacola

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on the new Wingstop at 1551 E. Nine Mile Road next to Walmart, now is the time to finally get dirty with a pack of wings.

Whether you like them boneless or bone-in, wings or thighs, sweet like Hawaiian or smoky like hickory BBQ, there’s something for everyone.

The franchise has popped up in other Pensacola locations such as Bayou Boulevard and Mobile Highway. Dickson said two more will be on the way next year. Each location seems to have its own best-sellers, like lemon pepper for the Bayou Boulevard boutique and Louisiana rub for Mobile Highway.

Baghdad Couple Transform Historic Home Into Afternoon Tea Venue

Whole story :Fancy a cup of tea? Baghdad has a traditional tea room in the historic Forcade House.

Friendly tree branches wave overhead, a thick carpet of dark green grass surrounds every home and building, and the roads are quiet enough to hear bugs buzzing in the Florida heat.

These are some of the welcoming features that make up the Baghdad area near Milton. And, if all goes according to plan, another element – ​​something different but equally serene – will make its way into the community landscape.

Luci Bailly and her husband, David, own the Forcade House – a home that’s been around since 1919 and recently earned a spot as a Florida Heritage Site.

The couple plan to operate a new business out of the home, Mrs. Luci’s Tea Room and More, a restaurant specializing in the British tradition of afternoon tea. Customers can expect an assortment of sandwiches, soups, quiches, scones, other desserts and over 30 types of tea.

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