Tag Archives: food trucks

Hungry for more (2)

Foodies, get ready

Construction work has started on downtown’s newest restaurant, a venture of Tom Saab (managing chef at the Cheesecake Factory in Birmingham) and Joey McClure Commercial Real Estate. Located in a 20th Street storefront between 2nd and 3rd Avenues North (above), a peek at a preliminary menu promises a French/Low Country riff with items such as crab cake sliders, chicken and mushroom crepes, and chocolate souffle. The interior has been designed by LCS Designs, and will have a full bar. Lunch and dinner (both table service) are slated to start later in the fall.

…and possibly one more

Around the corner, rumor has it that the Meelheim Building (above, 2nd Avenue North between 20th and Richard Arrington) is being eyed by new tenants: a restaurant and bar on the ground floor, and event space upstairs. This restaurant would also serve both lunch and dinner.

They didn’t advertise like this in the 1920’s

And around the other corner on 3rd Avenue North between 20th and 19th Streets, the Speakeasy bar (rear signage, above) is poised to change hands, get renovated, and reopen as a bar/lounge with event space above. We’re big fans of the sign on the alley facade, and hope the new owners have an equally compelling graphics package.

Part of 21st century urban vibrancy

Finally, while on the topic of food and drink, the Birmingham City Council mercifully delayed consideration of new regulations for food trucks yesterday. These regulations would particularly affect those trucks that regularly serve downtown; other cities (a food truck in downtown Washington, DC, above) have managed to find equitable ways to regulate this dynamic, growing movement. In our opinion, food trucks and “bricks-and-mortar” restaurants complement each other and are two totally different business models. They should both be encouraged to thrive, not hampered with excessive regulation or pitted against one another. More restaurants, more bars, and more food trucks make us happy.

[thanks to mrTinDC for the food truck photo]

Food truck park

One asian rib-eye beef quesadilla please

Well here’s a great idea from the metropolis 2 hours east: the Atlanta Food Truck Park, located about a mile northwest of Atlantic Station. It’s the first dedicated place in town where up to 15 food trucks can sell their wares at a time (for both lunch and dinner); it’s got on-site parking, musical entertainment, and weekend farmers’ markets. There’s still a need for the curbside trucks downtown (like the Yumbii truck above), but this is a great option to have as well. And yes, we wish we had one here too.

Everyone have a great weekend–your author will be traveling again next week, so we’ll be back with more after a brief respite. Cheers.

[thanks to ksolo22 for the Atlanta food truck pic]

Pop-up luncheon

In a word, delicious

A rainy lunch hour didn’t deter the food trucks from serving eager customers in the downtown CBD today. Above is the Shindigs Catering truck, which has become a favorite across town (grilled prosciutto and fontina  sandwich was fantastic). We appreciated the pop-up picnic tables, some of which were arranged under the covered portico at Wells Fargo on this stretch of sidewalk.

After a brief hiatus for a trip across the border, we’ll be back with more urban news and observations. See you in March!