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!
After opening Chocolatà Artisanal Chocolatier in 2017, Kathy D’Agostino has enjoyed watching the once quiet streets of downtown Birmingham come back to life. REV sat down with her to learn more about how she landed here, where she thinks the city is heading, and why Chocolata believes in Birmingham.
Join Young Pioneers of Birmingham, in support of REV Birmingham, on Thursday, June 6 for a discussion about the Importance of Place with the Alabama Futures Fund, hosted at downtown Birmingham’s brand new Harvest Market!