It’s no secret that food has been an important part of Birmingham’s culture and revitalization. REV’s REVeal Kitchen accelerator was created to make it a bit easier for aspiring restaurateurs to make the leap from concept to brick and mortar.
In August, we’ll welcome our second tenant on this journey, CO.STARTERS alum and owner of Bitty’s Living Kitchen, Kimberly Brock. Her healthy and “living food” concept, complete with vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, will be a welcome addition to the growing culinary and cultural diversity in The Pizitz Food Hall. Be sure to follow her progress on the Bitty’s Living Kitchen Facebook page!
The introduction of one tenant also means the graduation of another. Tropicaleo brought an authentic Puerto Rican culinary experience to Birmingham and The Pizitz Food Hall. Join us in thanking them for kicking off an exciting new offering for local food-based talent. You can keep track of Tropicaleo‘s progress as they work toward the opening of their Avondale location, directly across from Cahaba Brewing Co.
We also want to say a special thanks to our sponsors and supporters who have come together in an effort to offer an innovative and impactful launchpad for local culinary stars! Our deepest appreciation to partners at Bayer Properties, Buffalo Rock, Red Diamond, Wood Fruitticher, Regions Bank; the Ellen & Fred Elsas Fund, the Alice Meriwether Bowsher Fund; and our in-kind supporters at Maynard Cooper & Gale, Appleseed Workshop, and BRESCO. Another shout out goes to our friends at Create Birmingham for affording us the exciting opportunity to partner on their CO.STARTERS initiative, a ten-week program that has graduated well over 100 entrepreneurs who have dedicated themselves to creating a commercially-thriving, vibrant, and inclusive Birmingham.
If you’ve been following REV for a while, you probably remember The Big Pitch Competitions we used to hold back in the day. The Big Pitch presented by PNC was essentially our own little version of Shark Tank. And a lot of your favorite local businesses that participated in this competition now have active retail storefronts that you can go check out. Let’s start with some of our finalists that are based in the City of Birmingham and see what they’ve been up to!
Have you been to Downtown Birmingham’s newest development located on 25th Street? If not, you need to head down there ASAP and check it out! This new single story development is a product of a collaboration between David Baker Architects (DBA) and Locke General Contractors, led by DBA’s very own Amanda Loper. It is intended to be a “collaborative commercial space in a catalyst development area of Birmingham.” Both DBA and Locke General Contractors will be tenants of the space, along with June Coffee Roasters, Zephyr Barber, and Last Call Baking Cooperative!
One of Birmingham’s many hidden treasures is the music scene downtown. The sheer volume of concert venues we have in downtown Birmingham is something most people aren’t even aware of – but it really is remarkable! There is truly something for everyone, whether you’re into the smaller, more intimate venues or the large-scale venues for those big name artists. Keep reading to check out some of the cool venues downtown Birmingham has to offer.