For the past year and a half or so, Matt Golden has thought about opening another location of his popular downtown Mobile pub, LoDa Bier Garten, known for its creative burgers, huge selection of beers (108 on tap) and late-night hours (open until 2 a.m.). He just wasn't sure if the next move should be to the Eastern Shore or to west Mobile.
Then recently, when he found himself near the intersection of Cottage Hill and Schillinger roads, he noticed a for-sale sign at the former location of The Hungry Owl, a now-defunct local restaurant that specialized in burgers and Cajun-inspired cuisine. He decided to stop and peek in the windows, but it was difficult to see inside because of the dark tint. As he looked around outside, a real estate agent came out the front door.