REV Birmingham is pleased to announce the dates for the ninth annual Birmingham Restaurant Week (BRW) presented by Regions Bank: Friday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.
Ten days of BRW gives 70-plus local restaurants the opportunity to showcase all the ways they are feeding the city – from filling vacant spaces and creating locally-sourced dishes to mentoring the next generation of culinary greats.
An all-new lineup of BRW 2018 events will showcase the cross-section between entrepreneurship and food-driven revitalization, taking food lovers behind the scenes to learn more about how their favorite restaurants add to Birmingham’s renaissance. The event schedule kicks off with Harvest Brunch on Saturday, Aug. 11 at SocialVenture, where more than 20 restaurants will serve brunch bites along with mimosas and bloody marys. Attendees will have the opportunity to browse the Woodlawn Street Market happening steps away on the same day.
BRW event information and tickets:
- Harvest Brunch | Saturday, August 11 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | SocialVenture
- Magic City Eats Zyp Bike Tour | Saturday, August 11 | 3-5 p.m.
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- Monday Night Restaurant Takeover | Monday, August 13 | Nelchie’s Cajun @ Rojo
- Foodie BIZ 1.0 | Friday, August 17 | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. | The Annex
- Mixing Up The Magic | Saturday, August 18 | 1-3 p.m. | 5 Point Public House
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“Birmingham’s nickname of ‘the Magic City’ can certainly extend to its food community,” says James Little, BRW founder and district manager for REV. “We’ve always known Birmingham had a unique food culture, so we are pleased to offer this 10-day dining opportunity to the residents and restaurants of Birmingham who have helped shape that culture – from diners, chefs, culinary startups, Alabama farmers and food retailers alike, they’ve all had a hand in the food-driven revitalization and high praise of our city.”
With 48 restaurants currently signed up, event organizers expect the number to reach close to 80. Those already registered include:
- 5 Point Public House Oyster Bar
- A Social Affair
- Avondale Common House & Distillery
- Bistro 218
- Bottega Café
- Bottega Dining Room
- Brennan’s Irish Pub
- Carlile’s BBQ
- Chez Lulu
- Customs Café
- Dreamland BBQ
- Firebirds Wood Fired Grill
- Flemings Prime Steakhouse
- FLIP Burger Boutique
- Grille 29
- Habitat Feed & Social
- Little Italy
- Lucky Cat Rolled Creams
- Michael’s Restaurant
- Pazzo Big Slice Pizza
- Perry’s Steakhouse
- Pho Pho Vietnamese and Sushi Bar
- Root to Tail
- Roots & Revelry
- Sammy’s Sandwich Shop
- Seasons 52
- Sky Castle
- Sprout & Pour
- Taco Morro Loco
- Taj India
- The Cowfish
- The Craft Burger
- The Gardens Café
- The Grill at Iron City
- The Wine Loft
- The Yard
- Whistling Table
2017 Winter and Summer Restaurant Weeks resulted in 33,500 BRW meals sold totaling $4.5 million in gross receipts sales during the 10 days. BRW restaurants typically see a 20 percent average increase in sales compared to a normal week.
Many BRW participating restaurants are clients of REV’s Urban Food Project (UFP), an initiative that is building a robust local food economy and increasing access to fresh and nutritious food. UFP assists local restaurants, corner store owners and farmers in producing, selling, distributing and promoting locally sourced ingredients. This distribution helps provide more quality food options to 88,000 city residents who live in food deserts.
BRW 2018 is made possible by presenting sponsor Regions Bank, who has served in that role for the last seven years. “Birmingham is increasingly known for its outstanding restaurants, and Regions Bank is honored to support efforts to give more people a taste of our hometown,” said Joy Parker, Vice President for Birmingham-based Regions Bank. “Restaurant Week offers a great opportunity for Birmingham residents to discover the culinary treasures that are right here in our own backyard and allows visitors to experience unique offerings that set Birmingham apart. Regions Bank is proud of Birmingham, and we are proud to sponsor this event.”
Additional event sponsors include Spire, Sysco, Alabama Crown, Red Diamond, Buffalo Rock, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Cahaba Brewing.
BRW is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, and can be found @bhamrestweek. The official event hashtag is #BRW2018, and the BRW “Free Food Friday” contest on Facebook will take place again, allowing fans to receive gift certificates to a BRW-participating restaurant each Friday. Applications are still being accepted for restaurants interested in participating. Applications, BRW menus, event tickets and more information can be found at www.bhamrestaurantweek.com.
At REV, we also love seeing the added vibrancy on the street as patrons enjoy outdoor dining in our beautiful city. As indoor dining reopens, cities across the country are realizing that ending expanded outdoor dining could mean leaving money on the table.
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