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!
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.
Although the Greyhound Bus Terminal was renovated in the ’70s, many original elements of the building remained and have now been become historic highlights in the present-day adaptive reuse project. Join us on a photo tour of the historic space!
This is obviously good for downtown… but why *exactly*? Here’s REV President & CEO David Fleming’s take on what the move means for downtown Birmingham’s place in the world now and in the future.