With her husband and co-owner Paul by her side, Jessica Do is relishing their restaurant Seafood Bistro’s role in Montgomery’s delicious dining scene.
When did you and your husband open Seafood Bistro?
We opened The Seafood Bistro on March 1, 2013, back at our old location on Woodmere Boulevard. We reopened our doors at our Perry Hill Road location on May 21, 2018.
What motivated you to open a restaurant?
We wanted to do something that we like doing, and cooking was something that both of us were drawn to. We were both born and raised in Mobile and both worked in different types of restaurants there. We moved up here to help a family member and then we saw an opportunity to realize our dream. We also grew up with family members working with seafood in Bayou la Batre, Alabama, so a seafood restaurant was a natural progression for us. We’re Cajun-influenced cuisine that specializes in seafood.
What inspired your restaurant’s focus?
We’re able to obtain fresh seafood through our family ties and connections back in the Bayou la Batre area, and the Cajun flavors are what both of us grew up on in Mobile’s melting pot of diverse cultures and flavors.
What’s Seafood Bistro’s most popular dish?
Our shrimp po’ boy.
What’s your favorite dish?
I don’t have a favorite. We love to cook, so we try to be creative with what we would like to eat.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
Being able to create meals that our customers, who we call Bistronistas, enjoy and interacting with the different people we meet on a daily basis.
What are your interests outside of work?
For me, it would be gardening and fitness. Paul likes working with his hands and building things. And our kids! Both of them drive and motivate us to be role models that they can look up to.
We loved our old location at the gas station on Woodmere Boulevard, but being able to reopen at a bigger location on Perry Hill Road with a bigger kitchen is letting us experiment and create new dishes.