Speaking of downtown food options, in addition to the amazing variety of culinary stalls and the new bar in the Pizitz Food Hall, O’Carr’s Delicatessen (with that famous chicken salad) is now open on 18th Street North in the Theatre District. Roots & Revelry at TJ Tower is serving up brunch over on 2nd Avenue North on Saturday and Sunday. Urban Cookhouse has opened in the newly-renovated Federal Reserve Building on 5th Avenue North. And the Atomic Bar & Lounge (pictured above) has opened on 1st Avenue North in the Loft District, adding another after-hours option to the ever-expanding downtown dining and entertainment scene.
Every one of these establishments is located in a formerly vacant space, which means their openings are bringing light and life to previously dark windows, spilling energy onto sidewalks, and creating jobs for people in Birmingham. That’s why REV is focused on helping street level restaurants and retail succeed – converting those vacant spaces into businesses for people is a recipe for success! We applaud these business owners for their vision and look forward to seeing them grow!
This fall, the REV team is doing some new REV things, with a demonstration project designed to prove and improve downtown Birmingham’s market for more retail.
I believe that Birmingham is still missing something important—something that inspires people to experience downtown on foot, that can tell the story of our city and its cultures.
Sixteenth St. Baptist Church honoring its history with interactive museum opening on 56th anniversary of bombing
Sept. 15, 56 years to the day that a bomb killed four little girls— Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson— a new interactive museum will open honoring the girls and the chain of events their murders set off in the Civil Rights Movement.