Mix, a new bakery/restaurant at the corner of 4th Avenue North and 19th Street, had a “soft opening” this week. It’s a joint venture of Chris Dupont, owner of Cafe Dupont a few blocks away, and baker Corey Hinkel (the Birmingham News has an article with more photos here). There appears to be no website yet, but the posted menu advertises fresh breads and baked goods, gourmet sandwiches, and salads.
This venture replaces the long-shuttered “Restaurant G”, which in 2002 was the first “white tablecloth” restaurant to open downtown in many years. To me, it suffered from a glossy, corporate ambiance which didn’t foster warmth or customer loyalty. It appears Mix has made some changes to the interior; I hope they increase the amount of signage on the exterior as well. Good luck to the new venture and we hope it becomes a stable anchor to this somewhat isolated intersection (unfortunately the other corner properties are a parking deck, a parking lot, and a drive-through bank and parking lot!).