Most people who live on the Gulf Coast will recognize the name “Hopkins’ House”. It was a North Hill restaurant and former boarding house, founded in 1949 by Arkie ” Ma” Hopkins that served Southern cuisine to patrons seated at large communal tables. The fried chicken served on Sundays was the best in town. It even made the prestigious pages of Gourmet Magazine.
Over the years, Hopkins’ House was frequented by a number of celebritiy diners, including singers Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Miss America 1965 Vonda Kay Vandyke, who made repeated visits with her husband.
After the 1986 death of Ma Hopkins, her son Ed took over the business. Losing money and balancing the duties of his law practice, he decided to close the restaurant in February 2004. In July of 2005, new owners bought the run down former restaurant and commenced turning it back into a single family home. This is when we came into the picture. Over the next year, we helped the dedicated homeowners redesign and rebuild the previous restaurant kitchen into a modern kitchen that still retained the charm of the original architecture of the home. I am excited to show off the pictures!!